Educational Programs

The Terra Nova Consort has hit the early music scene with a powerful force, releasing their first recording, Renaissance en Provence, on the Dorian label. Having been dubbed the "absolute discoveries" of the 2000 Tage Alter und Neuer Musik festival in Regensburg, Germany, Terra Nova completed its first national tour in 2001 to thunderous applause and accolades.

The consort won its recording contract as a result of the first annual Dorian/EMA recording competition. Since that time, they have appeared on St. Paul Sunday Morning, where they were called the "greatest renaissance rock 'n roll band" by Bill McLaughlin, and recently were numbered among the current "cutting edge" ensembles by Tina Chancy in Early Music America. The ensemble, which was founded in 1989 by Pat O'Scannell and Sue Carney, has been in residence at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 1990, and continues to entertain thousands in their collaborative outdoor programs with Indiana-based modern dance ensemble, Dance Kaleidoscope.

The Terra Nova Consort specializes in secular Renaissance repertoire, and Baylado!, their second recording with Dorian, was released in the fall of 2001. The group's dynamic approach relies heavily on virtuosity, improvisation, rhythmic complexity and well-crafted arrangements to present an interpretation of renaissance music which is both refreshing and inspiring. Individual consort members all have their own area of expertise, and we invite you to share in the classes, lecture demos, and workshops available while they are in your town.

Renaissance en Provence: A lecture demonstration

Pat O'Scannell will lead a lively discussion and mini-concert probing the concepts at work in this special program, with members of the Terra Nova Consort. Several pieces will be broken down and put back together.

A more in-depth discussion with an emphasis on the structural elements present in arranging renaissance monody is also available for the aficionado.

This is best presented in a hands-on workshop format where participants can bring in pieces they would like to arrange.

Other Educational Programs led by Pat O'Scannell

Educational Programs by David Rogers

Educational Programs by Sue Carney

For more information on The Terra Nova Consort educational programs, contact Pat O'Scannell at

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