Young Players' Weekend
"I feel that overall the Young Players’ Weekend was a very insightful event that guided me on the right path to not just becoming a better viola da gamba player, but a better musician as well."
About The Young Players' Weekend
Approximately every other year, the Society 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 others who have 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 held on a weekend usually in the spring. Workshop brochure and registration are available in the preceding November/December.
The 10th VdGSA Young Players' Weekend
Our tenth YPW weekend was held March 12 - 14, 2021, online! Faculty were Gail Ann Schroeder and Amy Domingues. View the announcement.
The 11th YPW will be held in 2023.
For more information about future events, sign up for our YPW mailing list or email the YPW director, Pedro Funes-Whittington, using the link below.
Pedro Funes-Whittington is the current YPW director.
Jessica Powell Eig, 2013-2016
Josh Lee, 2008-2013
Frequently Asked Questions
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 welcome to attend.
How much does it cost?
The total fee for tuition, room and board in 2019 was $150. Fees may 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.