Practical Counterpoint 

Presented by Andrew Maxfield 


At its heart, counterpoint is to music what choreography is to dance- it's simply the choreography of sound. Unfortunately, many students (and professionals) get stuck in the impractical aspects of "species" nomenclature and stylistic attachments to Palestrina or Bach. In Practical Counterpoint, we focus on the profound, foundational issues of consonance and dissonance in the lifeblood of musical pulse. Through lectures and exercises, this course helps you build a toolbox that will serve you s a teacher, performer, interpreter, or composer/arranger. 


The compositions of Andrew Maxfield- hailed as "rhythmically vital ... superbly judged ... [and] tender" by Fanfare Magazine- have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. A recent winner of the King's Singer's New Music Prize (Jury Special Commendation), Andrew has been a Composer Fellow of the National Collegiate Choral Organization and Composer-in-Residence for Newburyport Choral Society. Ensembles which have performed Andrew's music recently include USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Emporia Symphony Orchestra, Carroll University Symphonic Band and Choir, Wingate University Singers, Utah Philharmonic, The Piedmont Singers, University of Pennsylvania Chamber Choir, and Choral Arts Initiative.

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