Workshops

As a service to the community, the Society maintains this non-comprehensive list of upcoming workshops that include the viol. We focus on workshops located in North America or online, though we include workshops hosted by other viola da gamba societies around the world.

To have your workshop listed here, please contact us.

Mountain Collegium Online Summer Workshop

Thursday June 16 - Sunday June 19, 2022

Online

Mountain Collegium's virtual workshop was so popular in 2021 that we've brought it back for a second year.  Whether you don't have easy access to a workshop or you just like to take advantage of great teachers, there are plenty of offerings for viol players.  Faculty include Gail Ann Schroeder, Larry Lipnik, Sarah Mead, and Elisabeth Reed.

Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop

Sunday June 26 - Saturday July 2, 2022

Cullowhee, NC

A tradition of over 50 years, Mountain Collegium is set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains on the campus of Western Carolina University.  A fun but intensive workshop, the schedule consists of four classes per day as well as large group playing sessions, a faculty concert, and a student recital.  Viol faculty include Gail Ann Schroeder, Holly Maurer, and Brent Wissick.

Early Music Week at the World Fellowship Center

Wednesday July 6 - Sunday July 10, 2022

Conway, NH

This summer program is devoted to the study and performance of chamber music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. We welcome amateur and pre-professional instrumentalists and vocalists ages 14 and up. Benjamin Swartz will offer instruction on viola da gamba and Baroque cello; instruction also offered for harpsichord, Baroque violin, flute, recorder, and voice.

Cambridge Early Music: Mr Byrd’s Private Music

Saturday July 16 - Saturday July 23, 2022

Benslow Music, Hitchin, UK

Mr Byrd’s Private Music: Music for recreation and devotion in Byrd’s inner circle  will be a chance to look in depth at the incomparable music of William Byrd: motets, madrigals, masses, viol consorts, solo consort songs (some arranged as lute songs) and consort anthems (including two newly-reconstructed works), with Clare Wilkinson (voice), Jacob Heringman (lute), and William Hunt (viol).

Mideast Early Music Workshop: Revel in the Renaissance

Sunday July 17 - Saturday July 23, 2022

LaRoche University, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Friendly, welcoming staff and students will make you feel right at home with us! Bring recorder, viola da gamba or Baroque flute as your main instrument for the morning technique class, then enjoy the chance to play in various sizes of mixed consorts and a variety of elective classes the remainder of the day.

VdGSA's 60th Conclave

Sunday July 24 - Sunday July 31, 2022

Miami University in Oxford, Ohio & Online

Our customary summer gathering.  More details at Conclave 2022.

Amherst Early Music Festival

Sunday August 7 - Sunday August 21, 2022

Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA

 

Two weeks of classes for most early music instruments, and music ranging from Medieval to Baroque. Play in consorts of like or mixed instruments, investigate a new repertory, take a dance class, or begin a new instrument. Classes run Monday through Friday, with four class periods per day. In the evening there are lectures, concerts, madrigal singing, English country dancing, drop-in playing sessions, the AEM Auction, and socializing with early music enthusiasts from all over the US and beyond.

CDSS Early Music Week at Pinewoods

Saturday August 13 - Saturday August 20, 2022

Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, MA

Early Music Week offers joyful opportunities and challenges to players, singers, and dancers of every level. As classes unfold through the week, we will explore and discover the innovation and creativity that lie behind some of the world’s most vibrant and compelling early music. Viol instructors include Karen Burciaga, Sarah Mead, Niccolo Seligmann, and Lisa Terry.

Irish Recorder and Viol Course

Saturday August 20 - Saturday August 27,  2022

An Grianán, Termonfechin, Ireland

 

A course designed for players of recorders, viols and other early instruments, covering a wide repertoire from ancient to modern. Sessions include one-to-a-part groups, workshops, consort songs, trio sonatas, choir, large and small ensembles.

Bloom Early Music Workshop

Friday, September 2 - Sunday September 4, 2022

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania

Larry Lipnik and Lisle Kulbach are among the faculty of this gem of a workshop in the Susquehanna River Valley.  Saturday classes are flanked by large group playing sessions Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a final rehearsal and informal performance for the local residents.