Prindle Pond Conference Center
The Viola da Gamba Society of America
Young Players' Weekend 2015
The Lovely Lyra
March 20 - 22, 2015
Prindle Pond Conference Center
Charlton, MA

Welcome, Viol Players! It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2015 VdGSA Young Players' Weekend. This year, we return to Prindle Pond, in Charlton, MA, just an hour's drive from Boston (a mere ninety minutes from New Haven, and a lovely three-hour drive from NYC!)

The weekend will include a range of activities for viol players of all ability levels. In addition to coached consort playing, we will offer three short workshops and a masterclass devoted to the art of lyra viol, the style of playing chordal viol music from tablature. Why lyra viol? We gather to play consort music, but for many of us, those opportunities are rare. This YPW will combine consort music for ensembles of three or more with lyra music that you can enjoy even if you are the only viol player in your community. To cap it all off, there will be a voluntary masterclass led by our world-class guest coaches, Sarah Mead and Joanna Blendulf!

There is no age limit for YPW. Please note, however, that the facilities offer dorm-style accommodations only; if you are comfortable sleeping in a bunk-bed, go ahead and sign up! I hope you will join us and this stellar guest faculty for our seventh annual Young Players' Weekend.

See you in March!

Jessica Powell Eig

Download the brochure and registration form HERE.

Young Players' Weekend

Every year, the VdGSA hosts a weekend retreat specifically geared toward younger players. The workshop is subsidized by the society, so that the cost is affordable to students, young professionals and those of limited means.

The primary goal of this workshop is—what else?—to get together and play the viol, but it also serves several secondary objectives for the society and its members:

-to provide those who may not have the means to attend Conclave every year (or at all) with opportunities to learn from professional players and scholars
-to provide younger players who may not know many other viol players with the opportunity to connect with musicians with similar interests
-to provide a warm welcome to the VdGSA family, and to share information about all the fantastic opportunities available to VdGSA members

YPW is usually held on a weekend in March. The location and guest faculty for the upcoming workshop are announced at the annual Young Players Party at Conclave. Workshop information goes online in early fall, and registration opens Thanksgiving weekend.

Jessica Powell Eig is the current YPW director. Josh Lee led the program from 2008 to 2013, and was instrumental in establishing it as the most awesome weekend retreat for young viol players ever.


Who qualifies as a young player?
There is no age limit for YPW attendees. If you feel that you are a young player, you are. However, please note that the facilities we use generally offer dorm-style accommodations. So, if you?re OK with sleeping in a bunk-bed, then you should come! ! !

How much does it cost?
The total fee for tuition, room and board in 2014 was $125. Fees fluctuate from year to year, but the VdGSA has committed to keep the cost affordable to those of limited means.

How good do I have to be?
Every year, YPW includes players who run the gamut from absolute beginner to professional track. We value this diversity of experience, and benefit from it. Whether you've been playing for 15 minutes or 15 years, there is a place for you at YPW.

Do I need to bring a viol?
Loaner instruments of all sizes are available for those who have difficulty traveling with an instrument, and for those who are interested in trying a new size.

For more information, email, or find the VdGSA Young Players group on Facebook at

Happy participants at the Young Players' Weekend