Schedule & Classes

Hotel check in is on Monday, July 24 (after 3 pm). Classes start Tuesday morning. Check out will be Sunday morning, July 30. Monday evening at 6:00 pm will be our first official Meet & Greet in the hotel lobby bar. Tuesday through Friday we will have two classes a day, 10:00 am to 11:30--with a lunch break from 11:30 - 1:45 am, and then 2:00 to 3:30pm. Orchestra rehearsal will be each afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. There will be concerts Wednesday through Saturday night at the hotel--except for an off-site house concert on TBD. We are also planning on a Q&A each morning with one of the artist starting at 9 am. A complementary light breakfast will be offered each morning. We will all be on our own for lunch and dinner, but we will always try to help organize that. There is a hotel restaurant, and free shuttle service to nearby Old Town and Fashion Valley Mall


General Schedule: 


Monday - 07/24 Hotel check in

6:00 pm - Meet & Greet Orientation (location: Lobby Bar Lounge)


Tuesday - 7/25

9:00 am: Breakfast  

10:00 - 11:30 am: Class

11:30 am - 1:45 pm: Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Class

3:30 - 5:30 pm: Orchestra Rehearsal (sectionals)

6:00 pm - SDCMC Hang out in Old Town "Taco Tuesday" (Mexican food, margaritas and good company). Meet in lobby at 6PM


Wednesday- 7/26

9:00 am: breakfast & ‘get to know the artist’ 

10:00 - 11:30 am: Class

11:30 am - 1:45 pm: Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Class

3:30 - 5:30 pm: Orchestra Rehearsal

5:30 - 7:45 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Concert


Thursday - 7/27

9:00 am: Breakfast & ‘get to know the artist’ – 

10:00 - 11:30 am: Class 

11:30 am - 1:45 pm: Lunch

2:00 - 3:30 pm: Class

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Orchestra Rehearsal

4:30 - 6:30 pm: Dinner 

7:00pm: House Concert


Friday - 7/28

9:00 am: breakfast & ‘get to know the artist’ – 

10:00 - 11:30 am: Class

11:30 am - 1:45 pm: Lunch

2:00 - 5:30 pm: Orchestra Rehearsal

5:30 - 7:45 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Concert

9:00 pm: Open Mic 


Saturday - 7/29

9:00 - 10:00 am: Breakfast & ‘get to know the artist’ –

10:00 - 11:30 am: Class: 

11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Class

3:00 - 5:45 pm: Orchestra Rehearsal

6:00 - 7:45 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Concert - SDCMC Orchestra performance


Sunday - 7/30Hotel check out

*Evening concerts will be open to the public.

*All concert are at the Hotel, except the TBD house concert. 

Private Lessons Available

Chris' Class Descriptions:

1. The Method & Music of Bartholomeo Bortolazzi -- born in Venice in the year 1773, Bortolazzi was one of the most influential mandolinists of the classical period. He was known throughout the world for his “most wonderful and unheard-of nuances of tone and charms of expression”. After leaving London in 1803, Bortolazzi was touring professionally throughout Germany. After several years of touring, he finally settled down in Vienna in 1805 and devoted himself to teaching and composition. This class will look at Bortolazzi’s “School for the mandolin” first published in 1805. We will also learn and examine a piece of music for mandolin by Bortolazzi, giving us insight into the classical period mandolin pedagogy. 

2. The Art of Tremolo – Tremolo is a large and tricky subject as there are lots of opinions of what makes a great tremolo and what a tremolo should achieve and sound like. There are also lots of different techniques and ideas concerning how to produce a smooth and flowing tremolo. Most people agree that, primarily, tremolo is a device for lengthening and strengthening a note. It is also a way of adding color and texture to the sound of a mandolin. In this class we will work on building the fundamental technique that shapes and stabilizes your tremolo; work on free and mathematical tremolo systems and learn how to use various forms of tremolo to shape your musical phrases and ideas. Tremolo in an ensemble setting can be particularly tricky. In my class, I will use a few simple ensemble pieces to help develop tremolo not only as an individual but as an ensemble.  

3. Beginner/Lower Intermediate Class -- Understanding Positions and Shifting: This class will focus on learning to make the best use of the entire fingerboard. We will look at why and when to use various positions and how to shift positions easily and smoothly. 

4. Upper Intermediate/Advanced Class -- Prelude No. 16 by Raffaele Calace.


5. Chris’ Orchestral Selection: Ouverture Burlesque by Georg Philipp Telemann. Telemann's Ouverture Burlesque, by its very designation as a burlesque, is meant to be a light-hearted tribute to the characters of the comedia dell’arte. This delightfully fresh piece consists of an overture with six titled pieces in the form of Baroque dances.

6. The Debut Ensemble will be performing my composition Melody #3 and Three Pavanes by Luis Milan. 

Annika's Class Descriptions:

1. Fingerfood -- The concert studies "Fingerfood I and II" by Swiss composer Jürg Kindle are more American than one might imagine: "Hillibilly" or "blue sky" are as groovy as they are entertaining for player and listener. Annika will introduce SDCMC to these technical workouts and help you understand the various techniques covered. Enjoy getting to know the pieces and try extracts to power up your technical skills while having fun!



2. "in canto“ – meditation and joy: Carlo Domeniconi is one of the most renown guitar composers around the globe. He has recently contributed valuable compositions to the mandolin repertoire. His adventurous "12 preludes for mandolin solo" reflect emotions and moods from meditative to joyful. They invite us to the world of the orient with mysterious titles like "nam dost" or "dewar". This class will look at various pieces from the collection and discuss both the technical and meditative aspects.

3. Annika’s Beginner/Lower Intermediate Class: Picking Power – Technical Basics for Classical Mandolinists. This class will look at developing good right hand technique; helping you find depth in tone, power and coordination. 

4. Annika’s Upper Intermediate/Advanced Class -- Ostludium by Carlo Domeniconi


5. Annika’s Orchestral Selection: Die zertanzten Schuhe by Jurg Kindle. An original modern piece for mandolin orchestra with a rocking cool groove.  

Iain's Class Descriptions:

1. Ensemble Skills - Ensemble playing, at least in my opinion, is one of the fundamental joys of making music. When executed well, it can be a beautifully organic, magical experience for both the player and the listener. This class will offer tips and tricks which can be used in any ensemble setting from mandolin duo to full orchestra and we will try a number of practical exercises which can be taken away and replicated in rehearsal. There will also be a number of pieces to play together which will focus on listening skills, communication, use of dynamics and articulation.