A message from Professor Andrew Hicks (Cornell) and Professor Anna Zayaruznaya (Yale):

“We are writing to garner interest for a “crash course” in music paleography, from neumes to the 16th century, to be held at Yale’s Beinecke library in summer 2016. The event would be open to graduate students in music history, theory, and medieval studies as well as undergraduates headed into or seriously considering graduate study, preparing them for a semester-long course on the topic, refreshing a rusty skill set, or providing a basic groundwork for further self-study.

No previous knowledge of historical notation will be assumed, but some experience with modern music notation would be needed. Instruction would be hands-on, combining singing from primary and digitized sources with transcription assignments. Reading assignments will be given in advance of the workshop.

The event might last some 3–4 days, and would be free of charge, though participants would most likely need to arrange their own lodging and transportation. The weeks of August 14th or 21st would seem to be probable candidates.

At this point, before proceeding to look for space and funding, we are writing to garner interest: those interested are invited to complete a brief form at http://goo.gl/forms/19EPMF3HG9 by 23 February 2016.”