Spring Break Workshop

‚ÄčMarch 21-22, 2020
Washington, DC

Music of the British Isles
Academic Center, George Washington University, Foggy Bottom Campus, Washington D.C.
Directed by Letitia Berlin


Tuition $215, Work-study tuition $135, Scholarships available
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Join us for the second year of our exciting workshop in Washington DC. We'll bring together avid players of recorder, viol, and lute for a weekend of classes for all levels. Recorder ensembles, viol consorts, lute topics including Dowland's cycle of Lachrimae pavans, beginning lute, early notation, and a large group session for everyone. Class list available February 15. Make music with friends both old and new, and rub shoulders with our inspiring and dedicated faculty members. Immerse yourself in a warm and friendly atmosphere conducive to learning, listening, and playing music!

Registration now open!

Letitia Berlin Workshop Director, recorder
Frances Blaker recorder
Tina Chancey viol
Douglas Freundlich lute
Gail Gillispie lute
Eric Haas recorder
Valerie Horst recorder
Lawrence Lipnik recorder, viol
Jody Miller recorder
Daphna Mor recorder
Christopher Morrongiello lute
Wendy Powers recorder
Brent Wissick viol

Special Rate (check-in Friday, March 15, check-out Sunday, March 17) for participants at HyattCentric Arlington $134 per night plus hotel tax (currently 13.25%). One Metro stop from Foggy Bottom Campus of George Washington University. Reserve by February 22nd.
Workshop Location is GWU Music Department, Phillips Hall 801 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Inner Voices - Dowland the Polyphonist will be the core Lute Project for the workshop. Explore Dowland's cycle of seven Lachrimae pavans in a newly intabulated version by Doug Freundlich for lute band, transposed to G minor, the key preferred by Dowland in his own settings for solo lute. The original lute accompaniments by Dowland are virtuostic, somewhat enigmatic, and difficult to play... but now lutenists will have the chance to play the Lachrimae cycle - "without tears"! Rounding out the workshop will be the 5-part galliards from the Lachrimae book and several 4-part ayres. All arrangements will be in French tablature for tenor lutes, with options for treble, alto, and bass lines.

Saturday Schedule
9:00-10:15 Morning Class
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Late Morning Class
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:45 Early Afternoon Class
3:00-4:15 Late Afternoon Class
4:30 "Barefoot" concert. Faculty perform solos and duos, and a larger "jam" session. Wine and seltzer, cheese and crackers are served.

5:30 Dinner (optional) Lasgna, salad, and brownies and cookies will be catered by Whole Foods on site for those who want to stay. $20, not included in tuition. Email 'info@amherstearlymusic.org if you haven't rsvp'd and would like to attend.

Sunday Schedule
Morning - same as Saturday
1:30-3:00 All-workshop playing session

Scholarship Information

To apply for an AEM Scholarship, send a one-page letter to Marilyn Boenau, the Executive Director of AEM, describing your interest in attending the workshop and your financial situation. Email to director@amherstearlymusic.org.

American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for Weekend Workshops as well as Summer Festivals. You do not to be an ARS member to apply.  Deadline is 2 months before funding is needed, or April 15 for Summer Festivals. Visit http://www.americanrecorder.org/workshop_scholarships.php for application information.

Viola da Gamba Society of America offers Grants-in-Aid to its members to attend Workshops and Masterclasses.