While students are enjoying their break this summer, Professor of Music Joseph Berta will head back to school. Berta has been invited to instruct a course on Beethoven as part of the Special Studies program at the Chautauqua Institution this summer.
Last summer, Berta attended the institute as a visitor, and greatly enjoyed his experience. The institution, a non-profit adult education center and summer resort, is known for hosting a multitude of performing arts programs during the summer season, and has been the destination for some of the world’s most famous artist. Berta was so moved by his visit that he applied to teach a course and was honored only weeks later with an acceptance.
Berta will instruct a one week, intensive course in early July, and expects to have as many as 35 students – many of them adults – in the class. The course will focus on the symphonies of Beethoven. “It is a course I have taught at the Colleges for many years,” says Berta, who joined HWS in 1971. “I love both the music and the man – I thought it would be a wonderful topic to deal with at Chautauqua.”
Each day in class, Berta’s students will hear, view, and study the form and structures of symphonies produced by one of the world’s greatest musicians. Those enrolled will also examine everything from Beethoven’s use of instruments to his rather eccentric personal life.
However, teaching at the institute will not be the only highlight of Berta’s experience. “I am looking forward to attending many lectures, concerts and dances – Chautauqua has so much to offer,” explains Berta. “I’m very excited – the teaching experience plus a wonderful educational vacation – what more can I ask for?”