Consort Cooperative 2014

About Consort Cooperative

Consort Cooperative is a program aimed at professional and pre-professional viol players who want to develop leadership and teaching skills as well as their playing. The program is mostly autonomous but runs concurrently with the rest of Conclave. The spirit is collaborative and members take turns coaching pieces and getting feedback from their peers. It is a week of intense and focused effort which culminates in a performance of a small portion of the worked-on material. Members will choose pieces to coach well in advance of Conclave and are expected to put in significant preparation before arriving.

This Year's Program

This year, we'll be focused on developing a deep understanding of the viol consort repertoire by looking in detail at some of its constituent traditions. Participants will spend part of each day exploring one of three influential musical strands: Flemish polyphony, madrigals, and dance music. A faculty member will visit and lecture/coach each of these three classes. Consort Coop members will also all take part in a class with Sarah Mead called "Consort Mechanics" in which we'll learn how to take apart and analyze consort music from a historical perspective with an eye towards effective coaching. The rest of the day will consist of the self-coached ensembles that are the core of the Consort Cooperative program.

How to Apply

In order to have time for each member to coach a piece, enrollment is extremely limited. Consort Coop members pay room & board and a reduced conference fee. Scholarships and work-study positions are available.

Applications will be accepted until May 1st, 2014. Please contact Zoe Weiss at with any questions about Consort Cooperative.