Transforming InterHarmony
August 2020

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Summer Festival Online 2020Transforming InterHarmony to a New Virtual Program

Transforming InterHarmony
August 2020

Apply now for the new exciting August program! Becomming a Soloist - Breathing Classical Music Learn More
Apply Now

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Introducing InterHarmony International Music Festival Online

This is the new and exciting online festival. Let’s not miss the opportunity to be together in this special capacity this summer. This is your chance to practice music intensively during the summer, network with fellow musicians over the world from different continents, and gain an international and cultural perspective in classical music, language, and even culinary arts. Click on the tabs above to learn more, and the toggles below for more info.

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    Program at a Glance

    • Students will:

      • Take 6, one-hour private lessons on your instrument, focusing on a solo pieces learned specifically for the festival, though this is not required. Students may also focus on a solo piece they are currently studying.
        • Students will have the option to take 2 out of 6 lessons with another faculty member who is not their private or assigned instructor to gain a new perspective and have a well-rounded experience.
      • Master Classes by our prestigious Artist Faculty
        • Students will be able to fill out online forms to be a performer in an online Master Class. All students will have the opportunity to attend the Master Classes as observers.
      • Outstanding Master Class Series with the following guests
      • *Students are chosen to perform in Outstanding Master Class Series by teacher recommendation and organizers. The final decision rests with the Music Director. All students will have the opportunity to attend the Master Classes as observers.

    • There will be several concerts per week with an emphasis on unaccompanied works. If students, however, have a local pianist in their area, they are encouraged to stream their part of the concert from that location. Some concerts may be pre-recorded in order to stream the concerts at a convenient time zone in Europe and Asia.

      • Audiences: InterHarmony plans to invite live audiences from Acqui Terme, Italy and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany to specific concerts with a Meet and Greet afterwards, where students and Artist Faculty will have a chance to introduce themselves to the audience members. Audience members can ask the performers questions about the music they played. Students participating in the Meet and Greet will prepare the history of their pieces and think about what influences them as a performer for responses to questions posed to them at the Meet and Greet.
      • Artist Faculty Concerts – Implementing the same concept as the Student Concerts, we will be live-streaming exciting programs from the Artist Faculty during the festival.
      • InterHarmony Global Showcases
      • Live-Streamed to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
      • Live-Streamed to Acqui Terme, Italy
      • Live-Streamed Concerts to USA
    • List of all Topics and Master Classes Coming Soon

      • Revolutions in Light and Texture: Monet’s Rouen Cathedral Paintings & Debussy’s Engulfed Cathedral with Geoffrey Burleson
      • Round-Table Discussion Seminar with Alexandra Eames Journey Through the 24 Chopin Preludes, Opus 28
      • On Music Composition with composer Steven Sacco Description: This class will entail a discussion on the topics of compositional process, materials, imagination, craft, artistry, voice, truth, and discipline.
      • Thinking and creativity, a philosophical discussion of the connection between a performer and a composer - Speaker: Misha Quint
      • Composers Who Happen To Be Women with Tomoko Fujita Why do some composers become famous and stay with us through the ages, and why are some "forgotten"? This presentation explores that question through a lens focused on the lives and music of several composers who happen to be women.
      • Sound Engineering, Recording, and Broadcasting with Abraham Oleknianski
    • Language Electives in Introduction to Italian or German
      • Each student has a choice of a One-Hour elective class that meets 6 times during the festival. InterHarmony is going to offer Introduction to Italian and Introduction to German with native speakers. Though language strays from the musical genre, many musicians have a natural talent for language and Italian and German are especially important given the background of classical music history in those countries, not just to understand markings in musical scores and opera lyrics, but in the global international music world today.
      Meet the Professors

      Antonio Pisano, Italian professor
      Antonio Pisano is a native Italian speaker from Sardegna. He has a degree in Italian language and literature and a master's degree in Liberal Arts. An experienced Italian teacher with ten years' experience in Italy, Pisano has taught in America since 2008. He is passionate about his work and stays updated by traveling to Italy every year. Pisano is the founder of the "Parlo Italiano Language School" and has lived in the USA since 2007 with his Italian wife and daughter. He is an adjunct Italian professor at Seton Hall University, NJ, is the Director of Italian Content and Teacher at Thelanguagegarage.com, teacher at Learn Language Hoboken, NJ and ABC Language, NY. Pisano has excellent credentials in computer science and is a web specialist. In addition to English, Pisano speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French and is a great communicator. Pisano has professional experience in tourism and in organizing cultural events (concerts, museums, and exhibitions) as well as projects management. Pisano's several hobbies include: cooking, music, reading, cinema and sports. www.parloitaliano.info

      Annemarie Frick, German professor
      Annemarie Frick is a native of German speaker from Switzerland. She has a degree in Education from the University of Zürich, Switzerland and a Law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her love for languages drove her into teaching, starting at Berlitz School of Languages where she taught German and French. Having lived in the Midwest for many years, she resides now in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At this time her assignments are manyfold. Instructor in major companies teaching the language as well as cultural awareness, preparing employees to live and work in Europe. Teacher in a German company which offers language learning to their employees. For the last fifteen years she is an instructor at a College. Classic Latin Is also on her resume. Her vast experience spans from teaching groups to privat students, always tailoring the program to the particular need of the student. Her hobbies include international affairs, reading, music, cooking, running.

    • Italian Culinary Seminar

      Get to know your fellow students with festive interactive cooking seminars. Maybe we cannot share a meal togehter in person, but cooking together might be even better!

      • Trattoria Pappa e Vino

        Claudio Sirito, Chef
        Trattoria Pappa e Vino
        Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

        Trattoria Pappa e Vino

      • Trattoria Pappa e Vino

        Claudio Sirito, Chef
        Trattoria Pappa e Vino
        Acqui Terme, Piedmont, Italy

        Trattoria Pappa e Vino

      Italian Cooking Seminar with Sommelier Dario Martino and famous chef Claudio Sirito from the restaurant Trattoria Pappa e Vino in Acqui Terme, Italy – Part of the joys of attending InterHarmony is learning about the culture in Italy. I’m sure we will all miss eating Italian cuisine for two weeks. We are going to bring the Italian cooking to you! Chef Claudio is going to teach everyone how to make a delectable Piemontese dish in a Webinar Seminar. Students will have a chance to cook and interact with each other from an Italian master chef, from your kitchen, to Italy’s kitchen. Maybe next year we can meet them in Acqui Terme.

    • German Culinary Seminar

      Get to know your fellow students with festive interactive cooking seminars. Maybe we cannot share a meal togehter in person, but cooking together might be even better!

      • Bayerischer Hof Restaurant

        Fritz Brand, Chef
        Bayerischer Hof Restaurant
        Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany

        Bayerischer Hof Restaurant

      • Bayerischer Hof Restaurant<br>Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany

        Bayerischer Hof Restaurant

        Bayerischer Hof Restaurant

      German Cooking Seminar with well-known Chef Fritz Brand from the Bayerischer Hof Restaurant, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Bavaria, Germany – Part of the joys of attending InterHarmony is learning about the culture in Germany. I’m sure we will all miss eating German cuisine for two weeks. We are going to bring the German cooking to you! Chef (placeholder) is going to teach everyone how to make a traditional Bavarian dish in a Webinar Seminar. Students will have a chance to cook and interact with each other from an Italian master chef, from your kitchen, to Germany's kitchen. Maybe next year we can meet them in Sulzbach-Rosenberg.

      Subject to Change

    • IIMF Group PhotoThe reason we are “Breathing Classical Music” is because when students attend the InterHarmony International Music Festival, a world is created for two weeks where participants are able to focus mostly on classical music in their lives and sharing it with others intensively. Normally our lives get in the way: school assignments, work, and other distractions. Classical music is a part of us musicians which is important for us to be able to share it with others through performing, as well as becoming best possible artists. InterHarmony wants to create an environment during this time when we are unable to travel, where students, international faculty, lecturers, and audiences, can focus on classical music, where students will be able to study intensively and get a boost in their playing abilities and performance experiences, opening their eyes to other dimensions of music that are important other than just performing – i.e. with musical lectures and discussions. We want to bring language into the experience because of its connection to classical music, as well as a taste of Italian and German culture. Students will be able to network and receive instruction in private lessons and master classes, as well as the Outstanding Master Classes online with video conferencing, and our Artist Faculty have found these experiences of an online capacity are the same or at times more effective then just lessons in person.

    • We have discovered that Learning Online is a very effective tool in classical music. It can even be more effective online because the teacher is more focused on their students on the screen the entire time.

    • In order to have the best experience possible at the InterHarmony International Music Festival Online, please follow the following guidelines. InterHarmony representatives will be happy to help with questions about technology and internet setup. Students will receive instructions in their welcome packets. Subject to Change.

      You will need a computer with high-speed internet access. Normally your device comes a built-in video camera and microphone. For better results, you may want to purchase an external USB microphone. (See recommended devices.)

      • A webcam with a minimum resolution of 1280×720 px.
      • A microphone
      • Speakers or headphones
      • We suggest you obtain a high-speed internet connection from your internet provider. minimum of 100 Mbps (megabits per second) Download Speed and 2 Mbps (megabits per second) upload speed internet connection. A connection of 200 Mbps (megabits per second) or higher Download Speed and 4 Mbps (megabits per second) is recommended. The higher the connection, the more comfortable the experience will be. Internet providers often advertise high download speeds, but upload speeds are sometimes very low in comparison. Please email [email protected] with questions.
      • Use a computer that is less than 4 years old with an updated operating system, rather than mobile devices or iPads.
      • Make sure your internet connection is stable before you join your classroom or webinar. You will need to do audio testing in advance of the festival. Show up to class 20 minutes before to set up the computer and connection.
      • Computer must be connected to your router by an ethernet cable. Use an Ethernet cable or powerline adapter to connect your computer to your router. If you do not own an ethernet adaptor for a Mac computer, you should purchase a Gigabit Ethernet Adaptor. The newer Mac computers do not have a built-in ethernet port. If unsure which adaptor to purchase, please send your computer system information, type, and year to [email protected]
      • Don’t use a mobile device as a "hotspot" to connect your computer to the internet, since these connections can be unreliable.
      • If you’re having trouble seeing your teacher or classmates, or if your teacher says your video isn’t visible, it’s most likely due to a spotty internet connection.
      • Make sure all other applications are closed, except the ones you are using for the lesson.
      • Cancel any file transfers during the lesson.
      • Ask your family members to refrain from using the internet for tasks using lots of bandwidth like watching videos or playing video games.

      Recommended Devices (Optional)

      • An external USB microphone such as Blue Yeti or Apogee Mic+ is recommended.
      • An external USB speaker. Many students use headphones plugged into their computers. The disadvantage is that headphoes are meant to cancel noise and students are not able to hear their intonation as well. An external speaker will help during private lessons when the teacher needs to stop the studetn to make a correction.
      • A computer with the following minimum technical specs: Intel i7 processor 8 GB RAM, updated software, and a well-performing system.
      • This is just a suggestion, and not necessary. It is possible to connect computers to television screens in order to double them as a second monitor. This veiw could be interesting for the classes and seminars. To connect a computer to a television screen or monitor, you will need an HDMI cord to attach to the tv screen/monitor and the other end attaches to the computer. Check your computer to see if you have an HDMI port. If not, you can purchase an attachment for HDMI at Amazon or Best Buy. You can see this tutorial for Windows/PC computers, and this tutorial for MAC/Apple computers.

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  • Example Schedule - Summer Festival Online

    This is an example schedule and it is subject to change. Many events are optional. Studnets will be scheduled for performances. Some events take place simultaneously with different participants.

    Click on the icon with a magnifying to expand example schedule for each week.
  • Outstanding Master Class Series

    Violinist and Conductor Guy Braunstein, flutist Gili Schwarzman, and cellist Misha Quint. Check out our Current Line-Up of Guests for Seminars and Round-Tables. Master Class offerings Coming Soon.
    Subject to Change.

    The Outstanding Master Class Series has become an exciting tradition for festival participants to work, listen to and just spend time with the most acclaimed soloists and conductors of today’s world stage. InterHarmony is pleased to announce the participation of Guy Braunstein, violinist and conductor, Gili Schwarzman, flutist, and Misha Quint, cellist.

    Guest Speakers, Chefs, Language Professors, Sound Scientists

    Check out our Current Line-Up of Guests for Seminars and Round-Tables. Master Class offerings Coming Soon.
    Subject to Change.

InterHarmony International Music Festival Online - Transforming InterHarmony

Summer Festival Online Program - Transforming InterHarmony

Becoming a Soloist - Breathing Classical Music

Dear Friends,

Travel restrictions to Europe will not stop classical music. InterHarmony still will take place virtually online, with numerous actual events.

    • Live-Streamed Virtual Concerts of our Artist Faculty and Students Worldwide
    • InterHarmony Global Showcases
    • Live-Streamed to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany
    • Live-Streamed to Acqui Terme, Italy
    • Live-Streamed Concerts to USA
    • After-Concert Audience Meet-and-Greets with Performers and Audience Members from Acqui Terme and Sulzbach-Rosenberg
    • Performance Master Classes
    • Round-table Musical Discussions and Seminars on a variety of topics such as Music Philosophy and The Great Performers.
    • Outstanding Master Class Series, featuring world renowned violin virtuoso, conductor, former Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster Guy Braunstein, the Israeli-Palestinian pianist sensation Saleem Ashkar, Bayreuth Festspiele Wagnerian star Christa Mayer, and renowned flutist Gili Schwarzman.
Misha Quint
Voice Masterclass

Transforming InterHarmony in August will become a fully interactive experience for students and Artist Faculty via Video Conferencing Software, on the theme of "Becoming a Soloist - Breathing Classical Music". Besides the musical experience, as part of InterHarmony's cross-culture collaboration, keeping the tradition of experiencing the culture of Italy and Germany, students will be able to choose an elective, such as Introduction to Italian and Introduction to German, taught by native speakers.

InterHarmony will even have two webinar-style Culinary Seminars: one with a well-known Italian Chef from one of the best restaurants in Acqui Terme, another with a German Chef from one of the best restaurants in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Everyone will enjoy and cook Italian and German cuisine together across continents.

Students and Artist Faculty will meet in musical Round-Table Discussion and Seminars taught by some of the best minds in Music Philosophy and History, "The Great Performers", in Performance Topics, and even some topics that has become more relevant for performers lately, Introduction to Recording and Sound Engineering.

InterHarmony will have an audience: its fan club from its iconic locations in Acqui Terme, Italy and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. The enthusiasm of our distinguished faculty and students is growing by seconds, giving us organizers an additional boost to work even harder to make it an unforgettable event of the summer. Please check our updated information thoroughly and apply today!

Voice Masterclass

The application deadline is July 20, 2020, and we will begin working with participants fast in order to prepare. We can't wait to see you all from August 3 – 15, 2020

See you soon,
A presto,
Bis Bald,
再见
Misha Quint, Music Director and Founder
The InterHarmony Team
InterHarmony International Music Festival