It is with great excitement that we send out this final notice as we are making final preparations to welcome master lyrist and teacher, Martin Tobiassen, to our 2017 Lyre Conference in East Troy, Wisconsin. The Board of the Lyre Association, in conjunction with our Conference Steering Group and our dedicated local host Gail Sauter, have been working very hard over these last several months to prepare a conference that we hope will inform, instruct, and inspire all who attend!
We will spend our mornings working with the elements of listening, improvisation, playing by ear, lyre technique, and good ensemble playing. In the afternoons, we will separate into experience-based groups to practice some of the things we have done in the mornings, to learn our designated parts for the conference music, as well as to enjoy new repertoire designed for each group. In addition, we will have separate afternoon sessions devoted to experiencing the conference music with the full group, Spacial Dynamics, and singing together! In the evenings, we will hear from Martin and share some individually prepared lyre music, we will have a special Lyre Jam Session, and we will have a public evening of sharing some of the fruits of our conference work.
All of these stimulating musical activities will take place at the beautiful Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, which will provide a harmonious and supportive context for our experience together. We are very much looking forward to the opportunity to get to know Martin, to meet new music and new lyre friends, and to renew acquaintances and to play again with others, as we joyfully make music together from Sunday evening, July 16th to Thursday noon, July 20th. ALL are welcome to join us for this memorable week ahead!