Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship at the 2020 TAC Summer School
July 26 - August 2, 2020
Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Bobby Brown (1941-2011) devoted his life to the playing, researching, recording, and teaching of Scottish Dance Music. As an individual performer, a member of two Scottish Country Dance Bands, the Musical Director of the internationally renowned fiddle troupe The Cape Breton Symphony, and the leader of The Scottish Accent, Bobby Brown was a leading proponent of Scottish Country Dance music and traditional Scottish music in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Europe for over fifty years.
Scope and Purpose
Understanding that cultural preservation is dependent upon the devoted cultivation and transition of knowledge, Bobby Brown encouraged young musicians to learn and preserve the songs and tunes of the Scottish tradition. At workshops and classes, Bobby set aside his performer responsibilities to become an engaging teacher and eagerly instructed participants in the subtle idiomatic nuances of traditional Scottish music. He loved playing, and Scottish music was in his soul.
In his memory, the annual Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship was initiated in 2015 to provide funding towards the cost for tuition, meals, and accommodation for one musician to attend one of the following:
• A music internship at TAC Summer School
• A music course at TAC Summer School
• A music course at a TAC-recognized Scottish Country Dance event
2019 Bobby Brown Apprentice
Lorraine McCormick, Lethbridge, AB, Canada
Lorraine McCormick, from Lethbridge in southern Alberta, has had a life-long interest in music which she has pursued along different tracks in different places. She began by studying voice and piano, completing senior level Toronto Royal Conservatory exams, before receiving a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Alberta, following up with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. In London, England, she studied classical guitar. Returning to Lethbridge, she taught piano and music theory, developing a studio of more than forty students of various ages and skill levels.
Her love of singing took her into Sweet Adelines (women's barbershop) with several groups including Edmonton's Gateway Chorus, competing internationally and singing in Carnegie Hall; she also arranged some of the group's performance pieces. More recently, she has taken up the Celtic harp, alto recorder, and English handbells.
She played keyboard with GlenMorin Scottish country dance band before forming her own keyboard and recorder duo ("The Spurtles") which plays for weekly classes and monthly socials of the Lethbridge Scottish country dance club, and also a harp and recorder trio ("Thistle Do") to pursue her love of Celtic music.
Previous Bobby Brown Apprentices
2018 Sarah Thompson, Minneapolis, MN, US
2017 Martha Matthews, Los Angeles, CA, US
2016 Heather Cameron, Plymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
2015 Mary Ross, Victoria, BC, Canada
The Music Director for the 2020 TAC Summer School will work with one pre-selected lead player /melody instrument (fiddle, accordion, keyboard) on a daily basis in the capacity of private tutor/coach. By the conclusion of the week, the candidate will have all the necessary information and skills to confidently and competently play for a class and future dances. This program could potentially be developed to incorporate additional summer school musicians working in the same manner with piano, bass, drums, or other instruments.
The apprentice program will include:
- Selection of approved and appropriate music for dances
- Opening & Closing Chords (Bow & Curtsey)
- Grace notes & other idiomatic choices
- Phrasing, Dynamics, Interpretation
- Assembling sets/ musical research
- Guiding & assisting the candidate through classes
- Working with teachers
- Afternoon discussions and preparation for following day
- Involving and preparing candidate for participation in evening socials where possible
Provided a suitable applicant meets all the following criteria, one award will be made for 2020
• The musician must have demonstrated a genuine interest in Scottish music, preferably with some experience playing Scottish Country Dance Music
• The musician must have a desire to improve his or her musical skills
• The musician must display an appropriate level of technical proficiency on his/her instrument, with the ability to improve musical skills
• The musician must have the passion and commitment to continue to play for and promote the music for Scottish Country Dancing
Next deadline March 31, 2020
A musician may apply for the 2019 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship by submitting:
• the completed application form (download Music Application Form)
• a letter of application which addresses each of the above eligibility criteria
• a recording of three tunes; at least two of the tunes should be in the Scottish idiom
• a letter of reference from a Scottish Country Dance teacher, RSCDS Branch, or music teacher
Please include the applicant's surname and the phrase 2020 Music Intern in the email subject line and in the file names of attachments.
• Applications for the 2020 Bobby Brown Music Apprenticeship received by the deadline will be reviewed by a committee of the Teachers' Association (Canada) including, but not limited to: TAC Chair, TAC Treasurer, TAC Summer Events Director, and TAC Summer School Music Director.
• The award will be presented to the recipient in the form of a pre-paid scholarship (to a maximum of the cost of the full-week resident registration fee, including meals and accommodation, dependent on the value of funds available)
• A recipient can only be awarded the scholarship once
• Following the 2020 TAC Summer School, the recipient will forward a report on his/her experience to the Teachers' Association (Canada) for publication in the next issue of TACTalk
TAC Summer Events
Teachers' Conference Weekend 29 - 31 July 2016
Summer School Week 31 July - 7 August 2016
2600 College St., Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1M 1Z7, Canada
Accommodation in Paterson Hall at Bishop's University
2016 TAC Summer Events participants will be housed in Paterson Hall, an L-shaped, four-story, air-conditioned residence within the campus of Bishop's University, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Accomodation is suite style, with four bedrooms per suite, three with single beds and one with a double bed. Each suite includes a kitchen, lounge, dining area, and two bathrooms.
Smoking is banned on campus in all public buildings including student residences. Smoking is also banned outdoors within 9 m of any door leading to a campus building and in other designated non-smoking areas.
TAC Teachers' Conference Weekend (TCW) registration fee includes two night's accommodation (Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July); departure date Sunday 31 July
TAC Summer School (SS) registration fee includes seven night's accommodation (Sunday 31 July through Saturday 6 August); departure date Sunday 7 August
Combined TCW and SS registration fee includes nine night's accommodation (Friday 29 July through Saturday 6 August); departure date Sunday 7 August
For information on reserving an extra night's accommodation (with meals) before TCW (Thursday 28 July) or SS (30 July) or after TCW (31 July) go to Extra Options 2016.
For directions and a campus map for Bishop's University, consult the University's Directions and Maps web page.
What's in the four-bedroom suite?
Each suite has a maximum capacity of 5 people and contains:
4 bedrooms; three single-occupancy rooms with a single bed and one double-occupancy room with a double bed
2 bathrooms, each with shower and one with bath
kitchen with oven, refrigerator, cutlery/crockery for 5 people (but no toaster, microwave, or coffee maker)
lounge with openable windows
Wi-Fi wireless network
What's in the bedroom?
Each bedroom contains:
one bed (single in 3 of the rooms and double in 4th room)
linens and towels (additional blankets and towels available from Paterson front desk)
desk and chair
bureau and closet (no coat hangers, so bring your own)
nightstand and lamp
What's in the building?
large common lounge on the main floor available at all times, including evening hospitality
alcohol is permited in non-public areas
small TV room per floor
laundry facilities on main floor ($1.25 per wash cycle, $1.25 per drying cycle)
laundry card and laundry supplies purchasable at Paterson front desk
hair dryer, iron, ironing board available on loan from Paterson front desk
Wi-Fi wireless network throughout the residence
T.A.C. Summer School Tour Options
TAC 2014 Summer School is pleased to offer the following activities for interested dancers during our mid-week break on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
Both tours will be aboard an air-conditioned coach bus, departing from the South Hall residence. All the options are space limited and will be available on a first come, first registered basis.
Prepayment is required to secure your space on the tours. Register online now!
All events will run, rain or shine, providing the minimum required number of people have signed up for each event. In the unfortunate circumstance that the tours have to be cancelled for any reason, registration moneys will be refunded.
If paying by cheque, please send payment in US funds to:
25 Jansen Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 5W6
Option 1 - Rocky Mountain National Park
Travel through rugged Big Thompson Canyon. Visit the mountain village of Estes Park and explore the multitude of souvenir shops. Walk to a waterfall or around an alpine lake. Witness beautiful meadows and discover fragile alpine tundra. See incredible mountain views as you travel 11 miles (17.6km) above timberline while reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet (3,715m) on Trail Ridge Road. Observe a variety of wildlife including herds of grazing elk and yellow-bellied marmots. (Park entrance fee included)
Duration: Approximately 6 hours.
Cost: $60* USD per person (min 35 guests, max 55)
Departs: 12:30 pm
These rates* include snacks and drinks.
Option 2 - Craft Brewery Tour
Come take a ride with us on the NoCo Short Bus! The Colorado Rockies have inspired many to experiment with the flavors and combinations that make amazing beers. With over 40 craft breweries in the area, it only makes sense to try a few! You’ll get to experience multiple local craft breweries, sample up to 16 craft beers, and have a chance to learn about what makes each brewery different.
Duration: Approximately 4.5 - 5 hours.
Cost: $75 USD per person (max 14 guests)
Departs: 1:00 pm
The tour will visit the following breweries:
City Star Brewery - Berthoud, CO
City Star Brewing offers small batch American ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, CO. City Star believes beer is best consumed fresh, directly from its source, and has adopted a taproom-centric model encouraging this. Winning 2 medals at the 2013 Great American Brew fest proves they have what it takes to make great beer!
Loveland Aleworks - Loveland, CO
Loveland Aleworks is an independent, family-owned brewery offering a selection of small batch, handcrafted beers. Passionate about brewing ales that they and their customers believe in, Loveland Aleworks brews what they like, not limiting themselves to any certain style of ale. Loveland Aleworks creates quality ales using the best ingredients.
Verboten Brewing - Loveland, CO
Verboten Brewing was founded in 2011 by homebrewers Joe and Keri Akers and Josh and Angie Grenz. A boutique brewery that includes one Nitro tap and rotates seasonal and unique and exciting selections often, Verboten Brewing derives its name from the “forbidden” ingredients that were rejected by the German Purity Law for beer. Their motto is “Beer For All” and firmly believes that there is a beer out there that will appeal to everyone.
Grimm Brothers - Loveland, CO
Only the finest ingredients go into the production of Grimm Brothers Beer. Founded in 2010, Grimm Brothers has been a three time Great American Beer Festival medal winner and Gnarly Barley Brew Festival People’s Choice Award winner three years in a row. Grimm Brothers specializes in German Style Ales and Lagers brewed in the traditional manner but with innovative American freedom.