Education Archives - Guild Hall

Bel Canto Boot Camp: May Sunday Matinées

For the past three months, every Sunday at 3 o’clock dozens of singers and lovers of singing from across the world have met to listen topically curated recordings from the past 120 years. Inspired by the success of its Audiophile Society, Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) has expanded their program and collaboration with Guild Hall in a new series, Sunday Matinées. 

Sunday Matinée’s is a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, curator of Audiophile Society and expert on all things recorded, we will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there. The sessions heavily use the chat feature on zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, we do not have to wait till intermission to share our thoughts and excitement about what we hear! 

The May series shifts the perspective away from Operatic repertoire and towards other critical genres for classical voice, including Choral, Oratorio, and Cantorial traditions.

SCHEDULE 

Choral Recordings: Sunday, May 2
Audiophile Society takes a break from opera to explore the riches of the choral tradition and the changing trends in choral singing during the past century. 

Oratorio: Sunday, May 9
Our listening detour leads us next to oratorio – opera without costumes! Join us as we explore the vast repertoire of these once oft-performed works. There’s more than Messiah 

The Cantorial Tradition: Sunday, May 16
The vocal and improvisatory training of the hazzan, or cantor in the Jewish tradition, continues to inspire the singer of today. 

Instrumental Listening: Sunday, May 23
Audiophile Society explores what singers and opera lovers can learn from chamber and orchestral music. All the instruments mimic the voice!

Art Songs: May 30 

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process; The Big Debut with Megan Esther Grey

Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) presents interactive sessions in collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, uniting singers from the MET Stage, the Guild Hall audience, and the golden voices of the past.  

Join BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, for a discussion with three emerging singers as they share their experiences of preparing, rehearsing, and performing on the MET Stage — and hear them sing! Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s  Audiophile Society, then guides our ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format, connecting the contemporary experience to past performance. 

Mezzo-soprano and former MET Lindemann Young Artist Megan Esther Grey joins BCBC and Guild Hall to discuss her experience singing many performances of Kate Pinkerton on the MET stage and on the HD broadcast, all while covering (understudying) the influential role of Suzuki, Butterfly’s maid and confidante. 

Produced as part of Met Under Moonlight: Madama Butterfly – Live in HD Encore

Artist-in-Residence Showcase: Ryan Campbell

Join Playwright and Guild Hall 2021 Guild House Artist-in-Residence, Ryan Campbell for a night of reflections and readings of new works/excerpts written during his time at Guild Hall. 

A fusion of idealism and world-weariness, and the tension that arises from holding both points of view simultaneously, Campbell’s theatrical narratives are designed with the hope of creating experiences that gently confront the difficulties of life with a sense of wrecked wonder. His work has been seen on stages in New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Texas. 

The evening will be presented as a YouTube Premier event on Guild Hall’s YouTube channel. Campbell will be joining the premier to answer questions from viewers in real time about the work and residency.

About Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence Program
Established in 2016, Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence (GHAIR) program offers artists and collectives the time and space to research, experiment, and develop new ideas/projects. Throughout the month-long residency, residents connect with accomplished artists, community leaders, and philanthropists at weekly salon dinners, receive mentorship from select members of our Academy of the Arts and Staff, and visit artist studios, cultural centers, and the natural preserves of the Hamptons. 

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Winter 2021 GHAIR program was completed remotely from each artists home/studio.  

Bel Canto Boot Camp: April Sunday Matinées

For the past three months, every Sunday at 3 o’clock dozens of singers and lovers of singing from across the world have met to listen topically curated recordings from the past 120 years. Inspired by the success of its Audiophile Society, Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) has expanded their program and collaboration with Guild Hall in a new series, Sunday Matinées. 

Sunday Matinée’s is a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, curator of Audiophile Society and expert on all things recorded, we will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there. The sessions heavily use the chat feature on zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, we do not have to wait till intermission to share our thoughts and excitement about what we hear! 

The April series includes a special three-part opera news lecture titledOpera in the Papers,” facilitated by guest artist, Dr. David Ekstrum and Judith Malafronte. 

SCHEDULE 

An Operatic Easer, Cavalleria Rusticana: Sunday, April 4
Audiophile Society presents its first curated listening of an entire opera- Mascagni’s beloved opera, set on Easter morning.  

Opera in the Papers, Part I: Sunday, April 11
A look at opera criticism in print paired with listening to the critiqued singers and their performances. Facilitated by guest artist, Dr. David Ekstrum and Judith Malafronte 

Opera in the Papers, Part II: Sunday, April 18 

Opera in the Papers, Part III: April 25 

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process; Opera on the Fly with Janai Brugger

Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) presents interactive sessions in collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, uniting singers from the MET Stage, the Guild Hall audience, and the golden voices of the past.  

Join BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, for a discussion with three emerging singers as they share their experiences of preparing, rehearsing, and performing on the MET Stage — and hear them sing! Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s  Audiophile Society, then guides our ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format, connecting the contemporary experience to past performance. 

International soprano Janai Brugger joins Bel Canto Boot Camp and Guild Hall to relate her experience, as many singers do when getting their start on the biggest stages, of singing the role of Micaëla in Carmen with minimal stage rehearsal. Janai’s credits at the MET include performances of Liù in Turandot, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and Jemmy in William Tell, among others. 

Produced as part of Met Under Moonlight: Carmen – Live in HD Encore

Behind the Screen with Bel Canto Boot Camp: The Singer’s Process; Opera of our Time with Chanae Curtis

Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) presents interactive sessions in collaboration with Guild Hall of East Hampton, uniting singers from the MET Stage, the Guild Hall audience, and the golden voices of the past.  

Join BCBC co-founders, Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, for a discussion with three emerging singers as they share their experiences of preparing, rehearsing, and performing on the MET Stage — and hear them sing! Steven Tharp, tenor and presenter of BCBC’s  Audiophile Society, then guides our ears by sharing his favorite recordings of these great masterworks in BCBC’s interactive Zoom format, connecting the contemporary experience to past performance. 

Join BCBC and special guest Chanae Curtis, soprano, who made her debut as Annie in the MET’s production of Porgy and Bess to get an inside perspective on being part of this monumental, timely Opening Night production. 

Produced as part of Met Under Moonlight: Porgy and Bess – Live in HD Encore

Artist-in-Residence Showcase: Mark Sarvas

Join Author and Guild Hall’s 2021 Guild House Artist-in-Residence, Mark Sarvas for a discussion on his 2019 American Book Award winning novel, Memento Park. 

After receiving an unexpected call from the Australian consulate, Matt Santos becomes aware of a painting that he believes was looted from his family in Hungary during the Second World War. To recover the painting, he must repair his strained relationship with his harshly judgmental father, uncover his family history, and restore his connection to his own Judaism. Along the way to illuminating the mysteries of his past, Matt is torn between his girlfriend Tracy and his attorney Rachel, with whom he travels to Budapest to unearth the truth about the painting and, in turn, his family. As his journey progresses, Matt’s revelations are accompanied by equally consuming and imaginative meditations on the painting and the painter at the center of his personal drama, Budapest Street Scene by Ervin Kálmán. By the time Memento Park reaches its conclusion, Matt’s narrative is as much about family history and father-son dynamics as it is about the nature of art itself, and the infinite ways we come to understand ourselves through it. 

Of all the questions asked by Mark Sarvas’s Memento Park ―about family and identity, about art and history― a central, unanswerable predicament lingers: How do we move forward when the past looms unreasonably large? 

The evening, produced in partnership with BookHampton, will also feature discussions on and readings of new works/excerpts written during Sarvas’ time as a Guild House Artist-in-Residence. Copies of Sarvas’ Memento Park are available for purchase at the BookHampton storefront or online. 

About Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence Program
Established in 2016, Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence (GHAIR) program offers artists and collectives the time and space to research, experiment, and develop new ideas/projects. Throughout the month-long residency, residents connect with accomplished artists, community leaders, and philanthropists at weekly salon dinners, receive mentorship from select members of our Academy of the Arts and Staff, and visit artist studios, cultural centers, and the natural preserves of the Hamptons. 

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Winter 2021 GHAIR program was completed remotely from each artists home/studio.  

Bel Canto Boot Camp: March Sunday Matinées

For the past three months, every Sunday at 3 o’clock dozens of singers and lovers of singing from across the world have met to listen topically curated recordings from the past 120 years. Inspired by the success of its Audiophile Society, Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) has expanded their program and collaboration with Guild Hall in a new series, Sunday Matinées. 

Sunday Matinée’s is a weekly salon series exploring the ways in which we listen, react, and connect with opera and the vocal arts. Led by Rachelle Jonck and Derrick Goff, BCBC cofounders, and Steven Tharp, curator of Audiophile Society and expert on all things recorded, we will learn together what to listen for in historical recordings, and where the technology needs our ears and minds to “fill in” what might not be there. The sessions heavily use the chat feature on zoom, allowing participants to “pass notes” in real time while the music is happening. At a BCBC session, we do not have to wait till intermission to share our thoughts and excitement about what we hear! 

 The March series also includes a special two-part lecture on “The Life and Deaths of Maria Callas,” facilitated by guest artist, Will Crutchfield, and a unique focus on the science behind vocal technique 

SCHEDULE 

How High Can You Go? Whistle Tone Exploration?: Sunday, March 7
A listening-based dive into the vocal register called whistle tone, enabling sopranos to sing the highest of high notes. BCBC is joined by Dr. Kimberly Gratland James of UNLV, Dr. Dana Long Zenobi of Butler University, and whistle-tone expert soprano Julia Radosz for an explanatory discussion of singing in the rafters! 

The Life and Deaths of Maria Callas: Sunday, March 14
What went wrong with Callas? Will Crutchfield joins BCBC to discuss his 1996 New Yorker article on the mystery (article will be sent once registered). 

Listening to Maria Callas: Sunday, March 21
Steven Tharp is rejoined by Will Crutchfield for a curated listening session to follow the discographical traces left by the diva. 

Looking at Singing: Sunday, March 28
The past several decades saw an explosion of technology developed to understand and explain the human voice – the only instrument we can hear but not see! Join BCBC and our resident voice science experts as we discuss what great singing looks like. 

Artist-in-Residence Showcase: Jackson Gay

Join Director and Guild Hall 2021 Guild House Artist-in-Residence, Jackson Gay for a night of participatory theater, collective listening, and discussion as she reflects on her time at Guild Hall, and shares the beginnings of her new project, Endless Loop* of Gratitude and other works written during her time in residence.

In a culture that can reduce a profound feeling to a blithe hashtag, Endless Loop* of Gratitude is an interactive installation that invites participants to reflect on and share their own stories about the people, places, events, and objects that have changed their lives. Endless Loop not only asks what you are grateful for, but why. 

The evening will be a live Zoom event. Headphones are recommended for optimal listening and participation.  

About Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence Program
Established in 2016, Guild Hall’s Guild House Artist-in-Residence (GHAIR) program offers artists and collectives the time and space to research, experiment, and develop new ideas/projects. Throughout the month-long residency, residents connect with accomplished artists, community leaders, and philanthropists at weekly salon dinners, receive mentorship from select members of our Academy of the Arts and Staff, and visit artist studios, cultural centers, and the natural preserves of the Hamptons. 

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Winter 2021 GHAIR program was completed remotely from each artists home/studio.  

 

High School Awards Ceremony; Student Art Festival 2021: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

The High School Awards Ceremony is a moment to celebrate and recognize high achievement and creativity in select high school artists whose work is exhibited in the Student Art Festival 2021: PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE 

The 2021 Awards are decided and given by celebrated artist and Guild Hall Academy of the Arts member, Clifford Ross. Ross has awarded 30 students from East Hampton High School and the Ross School within traditional categories from Best Drawing to Best Collaboration to Best Mixed Media, and honors unique to this year’s Festival, including Best Architectural Project, and the Social Responsibility Award. 

This year the Awards Ceremony takes the form of a prerecorded video. In late January, Ross met with Guild Hall’s Curatorial Assistant/Lewis B. Cullman Associate for Museum Education, Casey Dalene, to share his thoughts on the Festival as a whole, and to offer individual congratulations to each awarded artist. This prerecorded awards ceremony is available for free streaming on our website and YouTube page through end of the Student Art Festival.  

 

2021 HIGH SCHOOL AWARDEES 

Best Drawing: Sofia Nagle, East Hampton High School
Best Portrait: Keira Atwell, East Hampton High School
Best Portrait: Emily Cubero, East Hampton High School
Best Photography: Andrew Herrera, East Hampton High School
Best Painting: Mya Del Percio, East Hampton High School
Best Work on Paper: Alexendra Schumacher, East Hampton High School
Best Collaboration: Goldie Benarroch, Isabella Brauer, Tor Burwell, India Galeshi-Grant, Sophie Gorban, Cosmo Hamada, Zani Katarebe, Gasho Kurokawa, Daria Matuzania, Holden McGowan, Amelia Regan-McLaughlin, Jackson Sabbet, Sophie Walters, Emelia Winters, Kevin Wang, Ross School
Best Mixed Media: Mary McCann, East Hampton High School
Best Sculpture: Chris Chimbo, East Hampton High School
Best Sculpture: Dylan Chapman, East Hampton High School
Best Architectural Model: Andrew Dimopoulos, East Hampton High School
Best Architectural Model: Jax Cantwell, East Hampton High School
Best Architectural Project: Hudson Musnicki, East Hampton High School
Best Creative Expression of Past-Present-Future: Hanna Hartsough, East Hampton High School
Social Responsibility Award: Neo Albertini, East Hampton High School
Social Responsibility Award: Caleb Peralta, East Hampton High School