Sine Nomine Workshop

Sine Nomine Ensemble for Mediaeval Music workshops on chant, Medieval and Renaissance instrumental music, Friday Nov 24, 2017


7:00-8:00 St. George’s Cathedral –  Andrea Budgey on chant of Hildegard von Bingen.

Sing chant of Hildegard von Bingen, learn about notation, as well as techniques of droning and added organum.  Repertoire: O virtus Sapientiae 

This workshop will be co-lead by Holly Gwynne-Timothy.

7:00-8:00 St George’s Library  – Randall Rosenfeld    workshop for recorders, Medieval/Renaissance strings on late Medieval ornamentation. 

Medieval/Renaissance winds and strings playing consort music of 2-3 parts. Come learn about form, ornamentation/improvisation; look at manuscript/notation sources. Repertoire will be posted on Melos’ website shortly.

8:15-9:15  St. George’s Cathedral  – Bryan Martin on Gregorian chant 

Come learn about Gregorian chant. Sing Puer natus est, Introit #7. Read from modern Liber Usualis notation.  

Music will be provided at the workshop. But can be downloaded ahead from this link:

8:15-9:15 St George’s Hall –  Randall Rosenfeld/Andrea Budgey  Medieval and Renaissance dances: performance choices, ornamentation.

For recorders, other Medieval or Renaissance winds, vielles, rebecs, viols, percussion.

Come work on 2 pieces from the period, focus on rhythmic challenges, ornamentation possibilities, and general ensemble playing. Repertoire: Terpsichore Branle de Montirande,  one other Renaissance dance. Repertoire will be posted on Melos’ website shortly.

Sine Nomine is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Bios for our three guest performers follow:

Andrea Budgey, Artistic Director of Sine Nomine, completed both an M Mus (performance: oboe) and an MA (medieval studies: Celtic languages and literature, music) at the University of Toronto, and in 2006 obtained her M Div from Trinity College. She was ordained priest in January of 2008, and was Assistant Curate at Saint Simon-the-Apostle in Toronto until the end of that year, continuing to serve as honorary assistant, and later as interim priest-in-charge. She is currently an honorary assistant at the parish of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields, close to campus. She has been involved in community outreach and advocacy for a number of years, and retains a strong interest in ecumenical and interfaith work; she welcomes constructive engagement with both seekers and skeptics. She is also advisory board chair of the University of Toronto unit of the Student Christian Movement. As a member and co-founder of the SINE NOMINE Ensemble for Medieval Music, she sings and plays harp, fiddle, recorder, and percussion, and has directed a number of medieval liturgical reconstructions. She has been an instructor (in Celtic Studies, music, and English) for Saint Michael’s College, the School of Continuing Studies, the Faculty of Music, and the Scarborough campus of the University of Toronto, a freelance writer and researcher, bookseller, and calligrapher, and has also worked in radio music production and concert management.

Bryan Martin, baritone and lutenist, is active as a performer and researcher of early music.  He holds degrees in conducting and musicology from the University of Toronto, and is a founding member of the Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music. With Sine Nomine he has performed and recorded in Canada, the U.S. and England, and has been featured on CBC Radio and National Public Radio in the U.S.  Occasionally, Bryan can be heard performing with other groups around Toronto, especially Soundstreams’ Choir 21 and the choir of St. James’ Cathedral. Over the years, Bryan has turned his hand to many things, having been at various times an orchestra musician, conductor, scholar, teacher, union leader, computer technician and radio producer.  These days he devotes most of his time to the Music Library at the University of Toronto, where he is responsible for cataloguing, computers, and audio-visual technology and preservation, as well as serving as the resident early music expert. When not performing he enjoys producing recordings, most recently for Pax Christi Chorale and Musicians in Ordinary, and occasionally directs live concert video productions. He is currently producing an edition of a 15th-century English musical manuscript, together with a recording by Sine Nomine of its contents, to be published with a translation of the accompanying Latin text by Fordham University professor Andrew Albin.

Randall Rosenfeld plays a wide range of instruments, including vielle, flute, recorder, and gittern. Randall is an original founding member and co-director of the SINE NOMINE ensemble for medieval music. With this group he has appeared in concert in various centres in Canada, the USA, and Europe. SINE NOMINE has given featured concerts for the American Musicological Society (Montreal, 1993), the Congrès international sur l’Europe médiévale (Leeds, 1995), and the Medieval Academy of America (Toronto, 1997), and is the ensemble-in-residence at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto, 1992-). The group has been broadcast on CJRT-FM, on the CBC provincial and national networks, and on American National Public Radio. He can be heard on the award winning CD-ROM, Inside The Vatican with Sir Peter Ustinov (BBS/PBS-TV, 1995), and SINE NOMINE’s CD A Golden Treasury Of Mediaeval Music (Saydisc/Amon Ra, UK, 1996). With Andrea Budgey, he was an organizer of the 1993 Toronto conference on performance in the Middle Ages. He is a contributor to the Revised New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, his translations of medieval texts on performance practice have been published in The Sound of Medieval Song (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1998), he has written on the artifacts and technologies used for musical drafts in the Middle Ages (in Plainsong and Medieval Music, Cambridge, 2002), and on the  recreation of medieval music from the perspective of experimental archaeology (in Improvisation in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, 2003), and he is also the co-editor of Music and Medieval Manuscripts: Palaeography and Performance (Ashgate, 2004). He is also a member of George Sawa’s Alfarabius. He is the Archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), and the Canadian Astronomical Society/Société Canadienne d’Astronomie. (CASCA). He has published widely in the field of astronomical history and heritage, and is the recipient of the RASC’s Simon Newcomb Award (2012), the RASC’s President’s Award (2012), has twice won high standing in the Annual Griffith Observer Writing Contest (2008 & 2013), was the 2016 Peter Sim Lecturer (Calgary), is a recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s Historical Astronomy Division’s Donald E. Osterbrock Book Prize (2017), and the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 283990 Randallrosenfeld (2004 SG2) in his honour (2012).