News

SEPT 2013
Registration is now open for our Fall Workshop with esteemed teacher John Mark Rozendaal (Trio Settecento, Repast, Sonnambula, Viola da Gamba Dojo) on Sunday October 27 from 9:30-4:30pm at Catholic University in DC. You can read more about Mr. Rozendaal here.

The theme will be an "In Nomine Day". In Nomines are typically consort pieces for four or five instruments, especially consorts of viols. One instrument plays the theme through as a cantus firmus with each note lasting one or even two measures; usually this is the second part from the top. The other parts play more complex lines, often in imitative counterpoint

All levels encouraged to attend, including beginners! You must pre-register for this event by responding to this email or by mail.


Sunday, October 27 2013

9:30am—4:30pm
Ward Hall
The Catholic University of America,
620 Michigan Ave., NE 
Washington DC 20064

Metro: Red Line, Brookland/CUA stop
Street parking on Harewood Rd free on Sundays


Workshop Schedule
9:30am-10:00am Coffee/Registration/Intro
10:00am-10:45pm Technnique
11:00am-12:15pm In Nomines (simple) small groups
12:15pm-1:15pm Lunch (pack your own or visit the Student Union, about $12)
1:15pm-2:30pm In Nomines (more complex) small groups
2:45pm-4:00pm Large group session (Sanctus and Agnus Dei from the Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas and the Purcell à7)
4:00pm-4:30pm Pack up, clean up

To register for the workshop:

1) Reply to this notice by Oct 13, 2013. Please tell us what size viols you are planning to bring, what clefs you can read, and indicate your skill-level in sight-reading:  Advanced, Intermediate, or Beginner. 

2) If you have not yet joined VdGS/GWB, or need to renew your dues, please do so. You can pay your dues at the meeting, or mail to VdGSGWB/Amy Domingues, 3133 7th ST N, Arlington, VA, 22201. Annual dues are $20/$10 (students and those of limited means.) If you aren’t sure whether you are paid up, feel free to ask! Please make checks payable to Amy Domingues/VdGS-GWB

3) The registration fee for this event is $55 regular /$35 (students and those of limited means.) Check by mail to the address above (preferred), or cash at the door.

Registration deadline is October 13, 2013

Questions? Email violsgwb@gmail.com




Sept. 16, 2011


The VdGS-Greater Washington-Baltimore chapter is pleased to announce an all-day workshop, Music à la Mode: how the composer's choice of mode defines the affect of the music, with Sarah Mead (Brandeis Early Music director).  If you have not had the opportunity to learn from Sarah at a past Conclave or other music workshop, now is your chance! If you HAVE had the pleasure of working with her, you already know you're in for a treat! Sarah brings her vast knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance music theory to our workshop to help us understand the way composers used modes to convey meaning in choral and viol repertoire.  Our local teachers John Moran (Peabody/Rebel Baroque) and Tina Chancey (Hesperus) will also be assisting.

Registration is now open and limited to 20 participants, first come, first-served. Seasoned players, you may also sign up solo or with your local consort to be coached as part of the afternoon masterclass.
Masterclass participants are encouraged to bring in literature that relates to the workshop topic.
Beginners will also have a separate class. Again, first come, first served.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011
Time: 9:30am-5:00pm


Church of the Brethren
4413 Tuckerman Street
University Park, MD 20782-2148

(301) 864-4328



Workshop Schedule

9:30 - 10:00 - coffee and intro to 16th-century modes and humours

10:00 -11:00 - Participatory demo of music in the four principal modes

11:15 - 12:30 - First consort class (focus on modes I & V), and beginners class

12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch (please bring a bag lunch)

1:30 - 2:45 - Second consort class (focus on modes III & VII)

3:00 - 4:15 - open coaching of pre-formed groups, or solos if time permits

4:15 - 5:00 - Participatory demo on humour and affect

 



$55/regular members, $35/students, limited means

You must also be a current dues-paying member of the VdGS-GWB to participate in this workshop ($20/regular, $10/student, limited means).


To register, please fill out the attached form (pdf or .doc) and mail it with your check payable to:
Amy Domingues/VdGS-GWB, 3133 7th ST N, Arlington VA 22201


Sarah Mead, current Conclave Music Director for the VdGSA, teaches and performs in the Boston area. The 2007 winner of the Thomas Binkley award from Early Music America, she is Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University, where she directs the Early Music Ensemble and is a frequent guest choral conductor. She has also taught at Tufts and Northeastern Universities, the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, and Trinity College of Music in London. Her handbook on 16th Century music theory is used in graduate programs and ensembles across the country. She has performed with the Spiritus Collective and Parthenia in New York, and recently appeared with Exsultemus in Boston. She serves on the Boards of the VdGSA and Early Music America, and is former Program Director for Early Music Week at Pinewoods Camp.


Registration deadline is October 5, 2011
Questions? Email violsgwb@gmail.com



VIOL PETTING ZOO---Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Greater Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America presents a Viol Petting Zoo!

Come try and learn about a variety of sizes of viols, and hear a short performance by the Capitol Consort of Viols.


When: 11am-12pm, Saturday, July 9 2011
Where: St. Mark's Episcopal Church 118 3rd St SE, Washington, District of Columbia
The church is walking distance from the Capitol South Metro station, and there is a small parking lot adjacent to the church. Street parking also available.
Cost: Free!




November News

Quaver Viol Consort presents Nature & Fantasy: A Viol Portrait, a concert of music for viola da gamba quartet at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in honor of the exhibition Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy

 

Nature and Fantasy: A Viol Portrait

November 17, 2010

12:00 p.m.

National Gallery of Art

401 Constitution Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

 

Quaver will play a program of lush and engaging music that captures some of the quirky beauty of the work of Renaissance Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo, famous for his bizarrely imaginative portraits comprised of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The program will feature works by Renaissance Italian and English composers Giovanni Paolo Cima and John Dowland, modern composers Astor Piazzolla and Zachary Wadsworth, and singer Sheryl Crow.

 

Quaver, founded in 2008 by Loren Ludwig (bass and treble viol), Marie Dalby (treble viol), Brady Lanier (bass viol), and Tobi Szuts (tenor viol),  plays exciting music, new and old, in ways that engage the eclectic sensibilities of the iPod era. Our concerts bring together music ranging from Petrucci to Purcell, Shostakovich to Cole Porter. We draw on the traditional viol consort repertory to seek points of contact between its rich polyphonic heritage and contemporary musical aesthetics: sixteenth-century pavans and fantasias are paired with recent polyphonic music from performers such as the rock band Radiohead, the electronica ensemble Ratatat, and composers Astor Piazzolla, Gyorgy Ligeti, and others.

 

Quaver has just released its eponymous debut CD. Sound clips can be heard on the group’s website: www.quaver.org.

September 12, 2010

The VdGS-Greater Washington Baltimore chapter is pleased to announce an all-day workshop, Creative Bowing with Sarah Cunningham. We are also excited to present vendors for all your viol music and instrument needs! Dan Rippe of Ripmeister Publications and Anthony Allen of Boulder Early Music will be on hand with a wide array of sheet music and several of Charlie Ogle's budget-friendly viols! Tina Chancey will also coach a beginners' session in conjunction with Sarah's consort coaching.

Registration is now open and limited to 20 participants, first come, first-served. Seasoned players, you may also sign up solo or with your local consort to be coached by the esteemed Ms. Cunningham as part of the afternoon masterclass. Again, first come, first served.
Saturday, Oct. 2 2010
9:30am-5:30pm

St. Luke's Lutheran Church,
9100 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Workshop Schedule
9:30-10:15 Opening Presentation/Class
10:15-10:45 Technique Master-class: Capitol Consort of Viols coached by Sarah Cunningham.
11:00-12:30 Consorts/Beginning Viol Class: Participants will divide into three groups:
two coached consorts led by Sarah Cunningham, and one beginning viol class led by
Tina Chancey.
12:30-2:00 Paper Bag Lunch/Informal Reading/Vendor Browsing
2:00-3:30 Master-class: Three groups or individuals will perform in a public master-class
with Sarah Cunningham.
3:45-5:30 Consorts: Participants will be divided into three coached consorts, facilitated by
Sarah Cunningham and Tina Chancey.


$55/regular members, $35/students, limited means

You must also be a dues-paying member of the VdGS-GWB to participate in this workshop ($20/regular, $10/student, limited means).


To pre-register, please fill out the attached form (pdf or .doc) and mail it with your check payable to:
Amy Domingues/VdGS-GWB, 3133 7th ST N, Arlington VA 22201


Sarah Cunningham is recognized as one of the foremost viola da gambists worldwide. She was co-founder, with Monica Huggett, of Trio Sonnerie, with whom she recorded most of the important chamber music for violin and viol, and toured on four continents between 1982 and 1997. Her solo Cds were released on ASV and EMI/Virgin Classics, and she has appeared as recitalist from Helsinki to Vancouver. She has toured and recorded with John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Simon Rattle, Trevor Pinnock, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Roger Norrington; with viol consorts Fretwork, Phantasm, Hesperion XX, Parthenia; and medieval ensembles Sequentia and Virelai. She was professor of viola da gamba in Bremen, Germany from 1990-2000, and has taught at numerous summer academies and master classes worldwide. In recent years she has pursued interests in improvisation, dance, fiction and poetry writing, visual art, shamanic healing and ritual performance art.

Registration deadline is September 25, 2010
Questions? Email violsgwb@gmail.com or
call Tina Chancey at 703-407-0642
or Amy Domingues at 703-508-9685

June 5, 2010 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

VIOL PETTING ZOO

In conjunction with the 2010 Washington Early Music Festival, and the
Greater Washington/Baltimore Chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society 

Demonstrations of different sizes of viols, and a performance by the Capitol Consort of Viols.

All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Map
Nearest Metro Station: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan (Red Line) • Directions from Station


June 13-19, 2010 Virginia Baroque Performance Workshop

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Virginia Baroque Performance Workshop (June 13-19, 2010)  The faculty are exceptional, it's basically a friendly 5-day intensive with masterclasses and ensemble coaching.  It's a great chance for people to work on improving their playing skills.  We are full for harpsichord, but still have some space for gamba or cello.

There is some scholarship assistance available.

Here is the link:  www.emu.edu/bach/baroque ,


Next Playing Session May 1, 2010

posted 19 minutes agoApr 9, 2010 8:44 AM by Viola daGamba   [ updated 11 minutes agoApr 9, 2010 8:52 AM ]

Dear Friends,

The Viola da Gamba Society of Greater Washington/Baltimore (VdGS/GWB) will hold a chapter Playing Meeting on May 1, 2010 at 10:00am. Please see below for information on how to register for this event.

Date: May 1, 2010, from 10:30am-1:00pm
Location:  All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church (“All Souls at the Zoo”)
2300 Cathedral Avenue NW : Washington, DC 20008-1505

www.allsoulsdc.org

The meeting will include: 
-Consort reading, led by Tina Chancey and Loren Ludwig
-Light refreshments
-Short discussion about upcoming projects

To Register for the Playing Meeting:

1) Reply to this notice by April 24, 2010. Please tell us what size viols you are planning to bring, what clefs you can read, and indicate your skill-level in sight-reading:  Advanced, Intermediate, or Beginner.

2) If you have not yet joined VdGS/GWB, please do so on or before May 1. To join, please send dues payable to VdGSGWB/Amy Domingues, 3133 7th ST N, Arlington, VA, 22201. Annual Dues are $20/$10 (students and those of limited means.)

3) The registration fee for this event is $20/$10 (students and those of limited means.) Check or cash, by mail to the address above, or at the door.

Please bring a music stand. Tuning will be A=415Hz.

Thank You, and Special Thanks to our new members who joined the chapter earlier in the year. We look forward to hearing from you!

posted Apr 9, 2010, 5:44 AM by Viola daGamba   [ updated Apr 9, 2010, 6:12 AM ]


News

posted Dec 27, 2009, 4:34 PM by Amy Domingues   [ updated Apr 9, 2010, 6:12 AM by Viola daGamba ]

Background
At the 2009 VdGSA Conclave in Chicago, Amy Domingues and Heather Spence began the process of re-activating a local chapter of the VdGSA. The VdGSA asked Tina Chancy to serve as liaison to the national board, and this group convened a nine-member planning committee to help launch the chapter, which includes: John Moran, Jessica Powell, Cathy Blank, Leslie Nero, Coco Simon, and Doug Wolters, in addition to Amy, Heather and Tina.

Initially, most chapter activities will take place in and around Washington and Baltimore. However, we’d like viol players from VA, MD, WV, and DE to consider yourselves as potential chapter members, and to organize viol activities in your own areas (as you may already be doing!)

COME TO OUR FIRST MEETING
The first chapter meeting will be held on on January 23, 2010 from 10am-12pm, at United Church (1920 G ST NW, Washington, DC, 20006, theunitedchurch.org.) There will be a short business meeting, consort reading, and snacks.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
• Discounted member rates for workshops, ensemble coaching, master classes, and other activities
• On-line membership directory
• Use of the chapter’s web site to post classified ads such as instruments for sale and rent
• Option to list items on the chapter's on-line events calendar
• Access to a sheet music library which the planning committee is in the process of organizing
• The satisfaction of helping raise the profile of the viola da gamba in our area.
• As a thanks for joining, we will give new members Al Folop’s latest edition of CONSORT SHEET MUSIC ON CD, thousands of pieces, indexed, easy to read, and ready to print!

DUES
We welcome you as members of the local chapter, whether or not you belong to the national VdGSA. To become a chapter member, please send a check for payment of dues to: Amy Domingues/VdGSGWB at 3133 Seventh St N, Arlington, VA 22201-2018. Please also note “Dues” in the memo line.

Dues are $20 per calendar year; $10 for students, retirees, and those of limited means. You decide what category you belong to. We also encourage chapter members to join the National VdGSA (www.vdgsa.org.)

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