The English Country Dance Musician Apprenticeship Program at CD*NY
In 2009, CD*NY established an apprenticeship program to mentor interested classically trained musicians in the art of accompanying English country dancing. Student violinists, pianists, and wind players in college music departments or music schools in New York City and musicians in the CD*NY community not on our regular roster who sought training in playing for English country dancing were invited to apply, and ultimately four candidates were selected for participation: 2 violinists, 1 bassoon player, and 1 flutist.
Following a detailed and extensive curriculum designed by CD*NY pianist Cynthia Shaw, the course entailed many hours of private instruction with Cynthia and at least four evenings of playing at the regular Tuesday night English dance in New York under her direction. Two of the graduates now play regularly at CD*NY dances and because of this success and the group’s additional need for trained pianists, the Board of CD*NY voted to continue the program in the 2011-12 season, focusing on developing keyboard talent.
You may read the course description for the 2011-12 season by clicking here and may direct any questions you might have about this program to English country dance senior teacher Paul Ross or English Music Chair Elizabeth Freedman.