401 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705
An early music choral workshop studying music for Vespers from Plainsong to Baroque. We will sing Choral Vespers each day and Sunday services in Duke Chapel. Distinguished international faculty provide vocal and ensemble coaching. Student discounts available – please contact us.
Chorworks looks forward to welcoming you to Durham and the spectacular surroundings of Duke University Chapel for our 2018 Summer School. We will gather on Wednesday 4th July and spend our time singing and exploring music for the evening service of Vespers. This ancient liturgy has its roots in pre-Christian synagogue worship, and became one of the monastic offices, celebrated from medieval times to the present.
The service consists of Psalms, Canticles, Motets, Readings and Prayers, and is a framework that has inspired composers for centuries. Beginning with the simplest form of sacred music – plainsong – we will explore Vespers music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods.
We will sing Vespers each day from Thursday to Saturday. On Sunday 8th July, we will sing at Duke Chapel’s morning service, and conclude with Choral Evensong that afternoon.
Each day consists of full and sectional rehearsals, together with talks and other presentations about the music and its roots.
There will be opportunities to work in small ensembles coached by our faculty; individual voice lessons will be available, and there will be a conducting masterclass.
For further details, visit the ChorWorks website →