Here are the program guidelines:
- Consult with other local players and assemble a group who are interested in having lessons and
willing to make
- a one-year commitment to the program for a Full Circuit of 4 visits, or
- a six-month commitment for a Half Circuit of 2 visits.
- Select a teacher from the list of participants (teachers who have agreed to make the same kind of commitment to you) and contact that teacher directly. Our teachers' list includes airports nearest to them so that you can factor in the travel costs.
- Contact the teacher and set up a schedule of 2 or 4 visits to take place before the end of 2017.
- Agree to guarantee a minimum of 10 hours of teaching at $50/hour for each 2-day visit; this time could be used for private lessons, group coaching, master classes, and/or beginner sessions. (Note: Your group can decide to divvy the payments up as they see fit, but must provide the teacher with a minimum $500 per visit.)
- Arrange to provide local transportation, housing, and food for the Circuit Rider during each visit.
- Additional funds are available for a second area to "piggy-back" onto a pre-existing Circuit if it is within reasonable traveling distance from the target area listed above. This is a good arrangement for groups not large enough to support a full ten hours of teaching, but interested in benefiting from a teacher already traveling. The piggy-back group must guarantee 5 hours of teaching (a minimum of $250) and may apply for travel expenses up to $500 to cover the additional travel expense between areas. Circuit Rider applicants, both principal and piggy-back, should fill out the application form separately. It is the piggy-back group's responsibility to coordinate with the principal group on details. The terms of the CR grant are the same for both groups.
Here's what you'll get from the program:
- Full Circuit: A grant of up to $2000 for 4 visits/year ($500/visit) OR
- Half Circuit: A grant of up to $1000 for 2 visits/6 months ($500/visit) to cover the Circuit Rider's long-distance travel.
- (Additional funds are available for communities that can "piggy-back" their visits so that the teacher can make one multi-destination trip.)
- Continuity: four (or two) personalized lessons from the same teacher with time to practice in between.
- Coaching for any size or level of group, on music chosen by you or provided by your instructor.
- A choice of teachers who are committed to the goals of the program.
- An hourly rate below the national average.
Testimonials:"...the trouble is WELL WORTHWHILE.. We've had GREAT teachers and learned from every one." Suzanne Ferguson
"...participation in the Circuit Rider Program with Viols Houston has engendered a strong sense of community and family among us, enabled us to coalesce as a viol community, and has emboldened us to tackle ambitious projects..." Brady Lanier
Here are the teachers who have enlisted in the program:
|Joanna Blendulf||Madison, AL||HSV, BHM, BNA|
|Tina Chancey||Washington DC||WAS|
|Julie Elhard||Minneapolis/St. Paul||MSP|
|Wendy Gillespie||Bloomington, IN||IND|
|Lisle Kulbach||Boston/New York||BOS,NYC|
|Larry Lipnik||New York||LGA,JRK|
|Ros Morley||New York||NYC|
|Alice Renken||Minneapolis/St. Paul||MSP|
|Lesley Retzer||Long Island||ISP,LGA|
|Tulio Rondon||Minneapolis/St. Paul||MSP|
|Gail Ann Schroeder||Asheville||AVL,CLT,GSP|
|Mary Springfels||Cerrillos, NM||SAF,ABQ|
How to applyView the application form here. Either
- Fill it in on your computer, save it and email it to Isabel Hendry, or
- Print it, fill it in, scan it and email it to Isabel Hendry, or
- Print it, fill it in and send by regular mail to Isabel Hendry
- Email: click here for email address.
- Regular mail (hard copy):
346 N. Colonial Pl.
Wichita KS 67206-1903
The deadline for applications for next year is October 15 this year.
For information about applications or general information about the Circuit Rider Program, contact Isabel Hendry.