The inaugural Historical Notation Bootcamp, co-taught by Anna Zayaruznaya (assistant professor in the department of music at Yale) and Andrew Hicks (assistant professor in the department of music and program for medieval studies at Cornell), took over the ground floor of Stoeckel Hall on August 8–12. Over the course of the intensive three-day workshop students explored a range of Western notational systems, from early neumatic notation to the complex “ars subtilior” of the late fourteenth century. A multimodal approach including singing, transcribing, interpreting theory, and practicing practice made for a lively and productive experience for nineteen participants from eleven universities across the US and Canada. Plans are already underway for the second annual Historical Notation Bootcamp to take place in Summer 2017.
The program was made possible through the support of the Beinecke Library and Department of Music at Yale University and Cornell University’s Sidney Cox Library of Music and Dance, Department of Music, and the Carol T. Sienko Memorial Endowment.