There is more to Conclave than meets the eye! Conclave is made up of several different programs that take place in parallel and occasionally overlap. Some of the programs have different tuition rates which you can learn about on the Fees page. Participation in any program automatically gains you access to our exciting extra-curricular events such as concerts, lectures, vendor demonstrations, the auction, and the banquet. Read about our many offerings below and find the program that's right for you.

Regular Curriculum

 

Full-time attendees enroll in 2 or 3 classes. Each class meets four times during Conclave in one of the four daily class periods. Full-time attendees may sign up for an additional optional “freebie” class. (Three classes qualify as “freebies” this summer, one offered in 1st, one in 2nd, and one in 4th period. If you choose to take a “freebie,” you need to register for it.)

Part-time attendees enroll in 1 class only, which meets four times during Conclave in one of the four daily class periods. (This option caters to participants who prefer a lighter schedule, so part-time participants register for one class only, but still may attend all other Conclave events.)

1st Period:

2nd Period:

3rd Period:

4th Period:

MTWTh

MTWTh

MTThF

MTThF

11:00am EDT (no class Friday)

1:00pm EDT (no class Friday)

3:00pm EDT (no class Wednesday)

5:00pm EDT (no class Wednesday)

NEW! Beginning Viola da Gamba for Teens – free, ages 13-18

 

This free class, Beginning Viola da Gamba for Teens, is being offered for the first time. It will introduce basic technique, ensemble playing, practicing skills, and ideas for how to continue to play the viol after Conclave.  Interested students may sign up for this free course, which will meet on via the Zoom platform. Local VdGSA chapters will make every effort to provide beginning students with instruments to use during the week for this class. Students without access to a viol may audit this class. and are welcome to attend all other Conclave events, such as lectures, concerts, social events, and other Open Sessions free of charge. 

Time: MTThF, 6:45 pm–7:45 pm EDT

You need to be a member of the VdGSA to register for Conclave. We’re happy to grant a free temporary membership. Send a message with the subject “Teen Beginners” that includes your name, age, address, and a request for a free

membership to our membership secretary Nancy Washer.

For more information about this program or to sign up, contact Conclave Music Director Julie Elhard.

Introduction to the Viol – a free class for beginners

 

The Introduction to the Viol has been offered free at Conclave for many years, and this year it will make its online debut. The class introduces basic technique, ensemble playing, practicing skills, and ideas for how to continue to play the viol after Conclave. Local VdGSA chapters will make every effort to provide beginning students with instruments to use during the week for this class. Participants are welcome to attend all other Conclave events, such as lectures, concerts, social events, and other Open Sessions free of charge. 

Time: MTWTh, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT  (2nd period)

You do need to be a member of the VdGSA to register for Conclave, and we realize you might not be ready to commit to a full year’s membership yet, so we’re happy to grant a free temporary membership for this introductory class. Send a message with the subject “Intro to the Viol” that includes your name,

address, and a request for a free membership to our membership secretary, Nancy Washer.

For more information about this program or to sign up, contact Conclave Music Director Julie Elhard.

Seasoned Players

 

The Seasoned Players program offers participants a chance to read through consort repertoire in a relaxed, social, and unstructured setting. Prerequisites for this summer’s SP are one of the following: participation in Seasoned Players previously; attendance at Conclave as faculty; or 3 years in the Consort Co-op program. While the coordinator helps to organize the players, the program is collaborative in nature, each participant contributing to the process. Our playing format will at least include duet playing in real-time (with one of the participant’s microphones muted) and music-minus-one editions. We will also consider low-latency audio setups, if at all possible. Anyone interested should feel free to contact the program organizer with any ideas they may have about music, particularly two-voiced works, as well as any ideas about potential class playing formats. SP attendees pay the part-time tuition. Those who wish to add one or two coached classes can choose the SP+ option, billed at the full-time tuition rate.

Time: MTWTh, 1:00–2:00 pm EDT  (2nd period)

For more information about this program, contact Seasoned Players Coordinator Anthony Allen.

Advanced Projects

 

The Advanced Projects program is open to advanced players: faculty on rotation, scholars/performers, former participants of the Consort Cooperative program, and other players with A+ scores based on the Self-Rating Guide. Participants may propose a single session project, or simply request to play in other people's projects. Past projects have included proof-reading new editions of consort music, exploring unfamiliar repertoire old and new, and playing from original notation. We hope to have a critical mass of people with low-latency audio setups, so that projects requiring this technology will be eagerly considered. Participants will be chosen by the AP committee, which is composed of experienced faculty. AP attendees pay the part-time tuition. Those who wish to add one or two coached classes can choose the AP+ option, billed at the full-time tuition rate. To apply for AP, select the Seasoned Players program. Later in the registration process, you will be directed to a special questionnaire for Advanced Projects.

Time: MTWTh,  5:00–6:00 pm EDT  (4th period)

For more information about this program, contact Advanced Projects Coordinator James Williamson.

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 (without faculty coaching). 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. CC attendees pay the part-time tuition. Those who wish to add one or two coached classes can choose the CC+ option, billed at the full-time tuition rate.

Time: MTWTh,  3:00–4:00 pm EDT  (3rd period)

Registration deadline for Consort Cooperative is June 1.

 

This Year's Program

 

As a result of the online format of this year’s Conclave, the means by which we will be playing together will be very different than usual, and some familiarity with (or desire to learn) recording technology (e.g. connecting a microphone/audio interface to a computer, using a DAW, or setting up a low-latency internet audio system like JamKazam or SoundJack) is highly recommended. Using various methods of online collaboration, participants will have opportunities to coach ensembles (asynchronously and, technology permitting, synchronously!) and/or give a short practice talk/presentation on a subject of their choice. The week will culminate in a guest performance at the Faculty Spotlight Concert. 

 

How to Apply (deadline is June 1)

  • Complete the normal Conclave registration process, selecting the "Consort Cooperative" program option.

  • Send a recording of your playing to the Coordinator (email below)

  • If you have never participated in Consort Co‑op before, please have a teacher or professional musician familiar with your playing send a short letter of recommendation to the Coordinator (email below)

The Consort Cooperative Coordinator will be in touch with you via email soon after your application is received to discuss your application and (if accepted) will work with you to determine your goals for the week and what project(s) you will work on.

For more information about this program or to apply, please contact Consort Cooperative Coordinator Robert Bolyard.

Vendor Sessions

 

Makers and vendors of instruments, bows, music, and related materials are invited to exhibit at Conclave. The Conclave Online Emporium evening Zoom sessions are scheduled during the week of Conclave in the hour before the evening special event of the day. Vendors are also welcome to arrange their own individual meetings with interested participants. Vendors should register for part-time tuition (with the option to take 1 class) or full-time tuition (with the option to take 2 or 3 classes).

Time: MTThF, 6:45 pm–7:45 pm EDT

For more information about this program, contact Vendor Coordinator Kip Irvine.