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How long did it take to write this script?
It took approximately an entire summer to write the script.
I write the script after I have chosen the literature that I would like
to use in the madrigal production. Therefore, I must know the personnel
who have signed up for membership in the Chamber Choir for the next academic
What inspired you to write a script?
The inspiration for a madrigal dinner/concert came directly
through my teaching of music. I feel madrigal signing is an extremely important
genre within the choral field. I have always felt madrigal literature and
its signing style should be an integral part of any choral music curriculum.
How did you decide what to make your madrigal about?
The decision for the plot of the madrigal script is based
solely on the literature and the dinner courses. Some madrigal scripts
have a story line. In my opinion, some of these plots, which can entail
humorous or serious themes, can limit the choices of madrigal literature
and the number of cast members. Therefore, I have chosen to proceed with
a more generic script. However, the script always includes the following:
a processional, a boar’s head carol, a wassail song, and a recessional.
What does it take to direct a madrigal?
The extent of how elaborate one desires the production
to be is strictly decided upon the director. However, directors should
first study their sources in order to produce a successful and rewarding
experience for the student and community support.
How long does it take to plan for a madrigal?
To produce a fine madrigal, I feel it is important to
plan yearly. Once the production is over, I always begin taking notes as
to how the production can be improved for the following year, such as what
additional monies must be raised to further the madrigal’s success regarding
costuming, decorations, advertisement, etc. In addition, it is imperative
that the director continues to search for quality literature both musically
and educationally for the student and entertaining for the listener.
is involved in planning a madrigal?
The basics of planning of each madrigal dinner concert
should include the following: a script, willing performers, costuming,
and quality literature. These are the “bare bones’ of planning a madrigal.
From this point, the madrigal can become as elaborate or as simple as one
What experience do you have with madrigals or other
aspects of madrigals?
I have never had the opportunity to actually perform
in a madrigal dinner concert setting; however, in high school and college
I was able to perform in madrigal choirs. The a cappella style singing
was quite enjoyable. Because of these madrigal choir opportunities, I was
introduced to some wonderful madrigal literature and an exciting musical
Why did you direct a madrigal?
As I stated earlier, I decided to direct a madrigal because
I feel this genre is extremely important, vocally sound and should be part
of any vocal music education's curriculum.
Who should a madrigal director get involved with their
I feel a madrigal director should get as many people
as possible involved. I have been extremely fortunate with the madrigal
dinners we have produced. I have discovered many people both in the academic
and community fields are excited and willing to assist in any aspect of
the madrigal production. Typically, every year we include in our credits
at least 15 to 20 individuals and businesses for their integral part in
the success of the madrigal. Some of these individuals include food service
employers, costumers, photographers, numerous faculty members, and various
music instructors and friends who have assisted me in all aspects of this
What does it take to put on a madrigal?
In the years that I have had the privilege of producing
a madrigal, I feel patience and the overall attitude of the students is
the ultimate necessity in putting on a successful madrigal. I feel very
fortunate to be working with such fine quality students. Their excitement
and dedication is fabulous to observe. Each year, it becomes evident their
goal is to produce the best madrigal dinner concert ever...and what a great
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Olde Renaissance Map
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