(Registration for this workshop is required. Please contact Mary Ann Merrell at email@example.com.)
Josh Gettinger will be offering a workshop for advanced Torah readers (knowledge of te'amei hamikra [trop] a prerequisite) at Heska Amuna, Sunday afternoon, April 29, 10 AM to noon. The proposed outline is:
- Basic concept -- retrieving chant as an ancient artistic tradition, combining words and music with the aim of bringing words to life
- Hearing the trop as flowing melodic lines
- Using the melodies to learn the intricate grammar of the chant
- Practicing--first in chevruta and then as a group
This will not involve learning new melodies, but bringing your melodies. I will send some preparatory materials, and recommend 15-20 minutes of preparation prior to the workshop. I would like each of you to bring a 2-3 verse "favorite" or challenging passage to present to the group. The format will be to spend the first 50 minutes as a brief interactive didactic session covering the first three bullet points above. In the second hour we will spend 15 minutes for chevruta practice of the pieces you have brought in light of your new insights into melody and grammar. We will then reconvene to present the polished pieces to the entire group for constructive feedback.
Please let me know if you have any questions.