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Personal coaching for composers (all levels)

Evoramonte, Portugal;

27 December 2005 – 4 January 2006

Do you want to know more of your potential as composer, are you starting a composers career? Are you an active composer intending to expand your repertoire? Or do you want to get a professional reflection on your work? Consider coming to Portugal and work a week under the professional guidance of Caroline Ansink.
Recently, Caroline experienced the natural beauty of the Alentejan landscape, the peaceful life on the Herdade da Marmeleira and the enjoyable diner conversations with other artists. It enabled her to entirely concentrate on writing her latest opera. Caroline is willing to share this unique experience with composers-to-be in an intense course of seven days.

You will be offered daily individual lessons focussing on your special interest, in the language of your preference: Dutch, German, English, French or Italian. Subjects to be discussed are
- music-technical: melody, duration, harmonising, dynamics, tone-colour (instrumentation) and structure,
- musical: timing, expression, how, what, when, why, who,
- philosophical: function of music in society, your purpose as a composer, your music as a result of your history.
Besides there will be a limited number of group lessons. The conversations during nature walks, cultural excursions and the lovely meals will complete your treatment.
Our intention is to have around five participants for this course.

Caroline Ansink
(1959) studied flute with Abbie de Quant (The Netherlands) and Severino Gazzelloni (Italy) and composition with Joep Straesser (Netherlands) and Isang Yun (Korea).
Her works were awarded many times: in 1985 for a piece for string quartett (Germany), in 1988 and 1989 for organ (Germany), in 1989 for piano (Hungary) and choir & ensemble (Netherlands), in 1990 for string quartett (USA) and orchestra (Netherlands) and in 1992 for string quartett (UK)
She writes music for individual instruments, ensemble, choir, orchestra, with an emphasis on lyric works. Her works were played by renown musicians in prestigious locations. The mezzo-soprano Jard van Nes sang a Yiddish song cycle which she commissioned to Caroline Ansink in the Carnegie Hall (New York). The Clara Schumann Orchester, Emmy Verhey, Die Kölner Kurrende, Janice Jackson, the Osiris Trio and many others played her work. In addition, she also composes for students orchestras and childerns theatre productions.
Caroline is teaching at the Conservatory of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Her CD’s include:
- WVH 164: Waves. By the Syrinx Saxophone quartett
- WVH 159: O, beminnelijk litteken. By Abbie de Quant (flute), Dick van der Harst (bandoneón) and Lucebert (voice).
- WHV 237: Different Worlds: Nachtleven. By Carola Cuypers (saxophone) and Enrique Malo Lop (guitar)
- NMclassics 92120: Capriccio. By Joris van Rijn (Violine)
- Nmclassics: Swewe en Swerwe, Die Kind. By Julia Bronkhorst.

You live in a spacious two-persons apartments on the Herdade da Marmeleira, a 200 years old mansion (with a music hall with piano and several other rehearsal rooms, a garden, terraces, swimming pool) with a fascinating view to a mediaeval fortress. We suggest you to join the diners of the Centre (we serve tasty and healthy food; international with local specialities as well) and to prepare breakfast and lunch yourself: your apartment has a small but fully equipped kitchen.
During your stay you may take one or two breaks for excursions to, for example, the marble mines of Borba, the Palace of the Braganza’s in Vila Viçosa, a 6000 years old stone circle or Évora (this magnificent town is at the World Heritage list of Unesco). The Herdade is also a good starting point for nature walks.


For the course of seven days (28 December – 3 January) you will pay € 250,-. We assume you to arrive on 27 December and depart on 4 January, but you can extend your stay before and after the course. The Herdade has nine comfortable and spacious two-persons apartments. For this course we use reduced fees. If you share an appartment with another participant the fee is € 120,- for 8 nights. It is € 200,- if you prefer an apartment for your own. A three coarses diner costs € 10,-. Coffee & tea during the lessons are free. One excursion and a guided nature walk are free as well.
You can bring your partner with you.

For information on the course: contact info@ansink-composer.com. Scores may be sent to Postbox 3437, 1001 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For other information: contact Ludger van der Eerden or Carolien van der Laan. 00351 268 959 007; obrasart@hotmail.com. See also www.obras-art.org.

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