Viol Intensive at Early Music Week

June 27 - July 4, 2013

Advanced viol players are invited to apply for this special program, held during Early Music Week at Pinewoods.

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Program Leaders

Program Description

Unweave the threads in Gibbons’ works for viols: madrigals and sacred polyphony, dances and ballads, ricercares & divisions. Working in ensembles from two to six parts, we will look at the source materials from Italy and England that the great Orlando wove into his own fabric.

The members of the Viol Intensive will work together in three focused daily classes: a morning class with Sarah Mead, an afternoon class with Lisa Terry, and a second afternoon class where we will explore larger and concerted works with advanced singers, winds, and keyboard. The second morning period will be left free so that members of the Viol Intensive may enjoy the English country and Renaissance dance classes that help to make Pinewoods Early Music Week unique among summer workshops.

All Viol-Intensive classes will be held in enclosed spaces to minimize the effects of the inevitable humidity of our pond-side setting.


The Viol Intensive program is intended for Advanced players interested in working on their ensemble skills. Players should score 40 or above on the VdGSA Self-Rating Guide. If Sarah and/or Lisa is not already familiar with your playing, please include the name and contact information of a teacher who has worked with you recently. You may also submit a video or recording to support your application if you feel it would help us to assess your qualification for the program.

This course is limited to 6 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. A specific form will be available. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Early Music Week, if you did not get a space in the course.

Scholarship Opportunities

In addition to the scholarships available through CDSS, summer scholarships are offered by Early Music America (deadline: April 15) and The Viola da Gamba Society of America (deadline: April 15).

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:30-8:50 General Morning Warmup and Recorder Warm-up
9:00-10:30 Viol Intensive
12:00-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
2:00-3:15 Viol Intensive
5:00-5:30 Tea
5:30-6:20 Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Side-by-Side Readings
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Mini Presentations
8:15 All Camp Dance
9:45-10:45 Special Events