Welcome Letter on-line
The Conclave welcome letter is now available on the web site. Get yours here.
Conclave 2009 Features
Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a Catholic, coeducational, comprehensive university grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts and offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to 5,705 students from across the country. The Chicago Campus, built in 1956, is a 74-acre space that offers all campus amenities including six residence halls. In 2006, SXU opened its first green student residence facility, Arthur Rubloff Hall, which became Illinois' first university building to receive the coveted LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Agatha O'Brien Hall, also built to LEED Gold standards, opened in fall of 2008. These beautiful living quarters double as educational facilities in which the resident students learn to live in harmony with the planet.
Two housing options are available. Apartment style dorms consist of suites of 2 bedrooms (each of which can be a double or single). Each bedroom has its own bathroom. The living room area features sofa and chairs, 2 lamps, floor to ceiling windows, and room enough for a consort of 6 good friends. The kitchenette has an eat-at bar, microwave, fridge, and sink. We have room for 100 people in these dorms. Traditional dorms are economy rooms with shared bath down the hall, however each room has its own sink. Rooms have more space if beds are left bunked. All facilities are air-conditioned, ADA accessible and have elevators.
On Wednesday, the first afternoon class ends early and the
fourth class is not held so that you may explore the area. You may choose to take a cruise tour
of Chicago's architecture, delight in the Shedd Aquarium, visit the many museums,
the Newberry Library, or shop the stores and markets. The difficulty will be choosing!
Schedule of events
Registration begins at noon on Sunday, July 26, in the lower lobby of Rubloff Hall. Early arrival on July 25 may be arranged (see housing sheet). Our first meal is dinner Sunday evening, followed by orientation, an informal faculty concert, and welcoming get-together. Classes are Monday through Saturday. Please note that Saturday's classes will be full length. Activities include organized consort playing during 4th period and some evenings, a live auction (Monday), the Leo Traynor Competition Concert and Reception (Thursday), a banquet (Friday), and student performances (Saturday). Wednesday evening is free for you to explore the area's amenities. The week ends with breakfast Sunday morning, August 2; check-out time is 11 am. Please note that the program is planned to accommodate a maximum of 125 full-time students. If you are not sure about attending, we recommend that you sign up anyway, so as to assure yourself room and class space. You may cancel without penalty until June 15.
A "welcome" letter containing many Conclave details, including travel, will be mailed out beginning
in mid-April. Please note that Midway Airport is the most
convenient to the campus. This welcome letter will be available on this website.
|Scholarship applications||April 25|
|Consort Cooperative applications||May 1|
|Late registration fee applies after||May 15|
|Registration closes||June 15|
|Last cancellation date||June 15|
- Apartment-style dorm - single
- Apartment-style dorm - double
- Traditional dorm - single
- Traditional dorm - double
Faculty and Staff
|Jack Ashworth||Wendy Gillespie||Lawrence Lipnik||John Mark Rozendaal|
|Martha Bishop||Julie Jeffrey||Sarah Mead||Elin Soderstrom|
|Marie Dalby||Yukimi Kambe||Rosamund Morley||Craig Trompeter|
|Julie Elhard||Larry Lipkis||David Morris||Brent Wissick|
|Martha Bishop, Music Director||Dominik Zuchowicz, Viol Doctor|
|Kathy Schenley, Conclave Coordinator||Louis Bégin, Bow Rehairing|
|Alice Renken & Jean Seiler, Conclave Assistants||Ken Perlow, Local Host|
|Sarah Tippett, Scholarship Coordinator and Concert Manager|
As a member of the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm, Gillespie has toured the globe performing concerts and appearing on radio and television. She has shared two Gramophone awards, several Gramophone and Grammy nominations, many "Recordings of the Month",and a French Grand Prix du Disque with her colleagues.
Gillespie is much in demand for workshops and seminars in early music performance in the United States and Europe. She is a member of the Medieval Studies Institute at Indiana University and President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
Larry has composed over eighty works, and his bassoon concerto Pierrot, premiered by the Houston Symphony in 2002, marked the completion of a trilogy of concerti based on characters from the Commedia dell'Arte. Scaramouche for cello and orchestra was recorded by Carter Brey, and Harlequin for bass trombone and orchestra was premiered by Jeffrey Reynolds and the LA Philharmonic.
Larry is a Music Director for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and serves on the Board of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. He is a former director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods, where he is a frequent faculty member. He lectures on such diverse topics as musical rhetoric and composition in the schools, and often leads workshops in both recorder and viola da gamba.
TRAYNOR COMPOSITION COMPETITIONWinning compositions from the Ninth International Leo M. Traynor Composition Competition for new music for viols will be performed at this year's Conclave on Thursday evening. The goal of the competition is to stimulate development of a contemporary literature for our instrument and thus continue its tradition in modern society. Compositions must be accessible to experienced amateur viol players with the hope that the music will frequently be played. The Traynor composition competition is made possible in part through the generosity of the Viola da Gamba Society of Japan.
BEGINNING VIOLAs a community outreach, this class is offered free to local residents and to guests of Conclave registrants. The class emphasizes technique, practice habits, and goals for the coming year. Instruments will be available free of charge. The class will meet Monday through Saturday. Contact Martha Bishop, email: Martha Bishop.
PRE-FORMED CONSORTSRegister as a group for 1 class only. Priority to 6-member groups. Register early and all at about the same time.
SEASONED PLAYERSThis program is for professionals who are not on faculty, highly advanced amateurs, and semi-pros who want to work on specific projects or just read through consort repertoire. Participants in the SP Program pay only the Conclave conference fee and do not take classes (or take just one class at the one-class rate). Applicants for this program should be strong readers and sufficiently competent with the consort literature to be comfortable playing more than one instrument on the more difficult repertoire. For more information, contact Joan Boorstein, email: Joan Boorstein, phone (617) 332-7294.
CONSORT COOPERATIVEThe Consort Cooperative is an intensive, peer-directed program for pre-professional and professional viol players that runs concurrently with Conclave. CC participants hone their directing skills as they explore both traditional and unusual consort repertoire in peer-coached consorts. Participants in CC'09 will perform an afternoon mini-concert as well as winning compositions of the Traynor Competition alongside Conclave faculty. For details and applications see the March VdGSA News, or Consort Cooperative. Contact Loren Ludwig, email: Loren Ludwig.
BUILDERS' EXHIBITIONBuilders and dealers of instruments, bows, and related materials are invited to exhibit at Conclave. Secure display space will be available adjacent to the VdGSA Store and Boulder Early Music Shop. One table per exhibitor is guaranteed ($25 per day plus pro-rated conference fee for exhibitors not registered as tuition students). We will make every effort to provide as much display space as you require, but we can guarantee one table only. Exhibitors are strongly urged to register on-line. The on-line registration includes a special program for builders and exhibitors with the option of part-week stays and pro-rated fees. Exhibitors must complete all registration forms–including housing requests—by June 15. Contact Susan Marchant, email: Susan Marchant, phone: (662) 234-3266.
WORK-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AND STIPENDSConclave Work-Study positions come with full-tuition scholarships ($400) or part-time stipends ($200 for Consort Cooperative players only). Work-Study students handle the VdGSA Store, photocopying, registration, stage-managing and other similar duties. The application form for Work-Study Scholarships/ Stipends is available during the online registration process. If you wish to apply but do not have internet access, contact the scholarship coordinator as soon as possible (see below). Applications must be received by April 25. Most recipients should know by May 23 if they will receive a subsidy. These positions fill quickly, so be sure to apply promptly! Contact Sarah Tippett 604-512-9152, email: Sarah Tippett.
Room and board
|Building Style||Room Type||Cost for the week||Saturday arrival cost
starting with Saturday supper)
|A few $125 subsidies for R & B are available for students and others on limited income. This option is available during the application process.|
|Any level||Trompeter||Feldenkrais® class|
|Any level||Lipkis||An introduction to composition and text-setting through the writing of rounds. Each student will bring a text of his or her choice, and we will compose rounds together in a friendly and collaborative seminar-like setting.|
|LI, MI||Wissick||Brents bowing. A must if you havent had it! (Even if you have. . . ). Limit 12.|
|LI, MI||Dalby||Easy bawdy songs and dirty ditties for viols. Doubling.|
|MI||Elhard||The Seven Teares by John Dowland. Limit 5 tr, tn, tn, tn, b.|
|MI, UI||Feldman||Unsung songs and undanced dances from 1400 to 2000. Limit 15.|
|UI||Gillespie||Byrd and buddies. This class will also learn one of the Traynor winning pieces for possible performance. Limit 5: tr, tn, tn, b, b.|
|UI||Soderstrom||Its all about Susanne: different settings of the ever-so-famous sixteenth-century French chanson, Susanne un Jour, by Lassus, Rore, Certon and many others. Limit 6, some doubling.|
|UI||Trompeter||Pour les violes. French seventeenth-century ensemble music by Du Caurroy, Le Jeune, Mouliné and Charpentier in an orchestral setting. Limit 10.|
|UI,A||Rozendaal, Ashworth, Jeffrey||From the sublime to the ridiculous. What was new thenon the edge consorts. Limit 6.|
|UI, A||Morley, Lipnik||Contemporary music from the Parthenia perspective. In depth looks at Ayton, Bishop, Patterson and others as time permits. Limit 4.|
|A||Morris, Kambe||Bach on viols. Limit 4, possibly in 3 configurations so as to allow for rotating teachers.|
|B||Trompeter||Beginning viol for anyone interested! Instruments provided free of charge, with advance notice and if available.|
|LI||Bishop||Name Right Your Notes. Explore old and new music with easy notes. Doubling.|
|LI, MI||Soderstrom||How to sight-read better. Learn the tricks: basic theory, clefs, key signatures, solfege, rhythmic patterns. Sight-reading from easy consort literature. Doubling.|
|MI, UI||Gillespie||The geography of the viol. Learn your way around the instrument making it easier to play fast, read clefs, transpose, and improvise! All sizes, limit 10.|
|MI, UI||Morris||Palestrina and Gesualdo; the princes of polyphony, representing both ends of the scale! Limit 10.|
|MI, UI||Feldman||A German feast including some delicious Bach. Whet your appetite for lunch! Limit 15.|
|UI||Rozendaal, Ashworth, Lipnik||Gibbons fantasias. Limit 6.|
|UI||Elhard, Jeffrey, Kambe||Coaching the consort from within. Limit 6.|
|UI||Morley||Swap around consort for instrument doublers: admiring Jenkins from all angles. Limit 6.|
|UI, A||Lipkis||Outer limits: medieval meets modern. Each day a medieval piece will be paired with a modern piece. Limit 8.|
|UI, A||Mead||Divide and conquer! Complex rhythmsclean up your dots! Gain rhythmic precision while playing a musical line. Limit 6.|
|A||Wissick||Performing consort. This class will learn, among other music, a winning Traynor entry to be performed on Thursday night. Limit 5: tr, tr, tn, b, b.|
|LI, MI||Morley||The earliest viol music. Doubling.|
|LI, MI, UI||Soderstrom||Improvising over hit grounds/tenors of the Renaissance at a non-threatening level. All size viols welcome. Discussion of modes, voice leading, what works and what doesnt. Limit 10.|
|MI, UI||Mead||Signs of the times: understanding consort music from a historical perspective. How the aesthetics of different periods were reflected in their ensemble writing. Limit 5.|
|UI||Rozendaal||Technique through Ortiz and/or Simpson. Limit 10.|
|UI||Dalby||Requiems on viols; an exploration of music for the dead. Gorgeous music by Lobo, Cardoso, Ockeghem, and maybe even Fauré? Doubling.|
|UI||Wissick||German hymn tunessettings by Praetorius, Scheidt and others. Limit 8, with some polychoral music.|
|UI||Morris||Knowing your consort eras. Which consort composer belongs to which era? Lots of reading. Limit 6, good readers only.|
|UI, A||Feldman||Old wine in new bottles; old tunes and their contemporary settings. Limit 15.|
|UI, A||Lipkis, Ashworth||Consort playing; English pavans/galliards with emphasis on improvised repeats. Limit 6.|
|UI, A||Lipnik, Kambe||Elizabethan and Jacobean favorites. Limit 6.|
|A||Elhard||Lullys Bourgeois Gentilhomme arranged for viol consort, and French dance music of the Baroque. Limit 5, with teacher sometimes playing a part.|
|Any level||Trompeter||Feldenkrais® class. The Feldenkrais® Method uses movement and directed attention to improve awareness, comfort, coordination, balance, posture, breathing, and more.|
|Any level||Ayton||Round Robin for New Compositionsone day|
|Any level||Bishop||Jenkins Orchestraone day|
|Any level||Rozendaal||Byrd Mass Sing and Playtwo days|
|Any level||Jeffrey||Ad hoc consorts|
Points of Contact
|Music Director||Martha Bishop||404-325-4735||Martha Bishop|
|Scholarships||Sarah Tippett||604-512-9152||Sarah Tippett|
|Housing questions||Kathy Schenley||919-918-4159||Kathy Schenley|
|Money matters, forms||Ken Perlow
131 S. Humphrey,
Oak Park, IL 60302
|Exhibits||Susan Marchant||662-234-3266||Susan Marchant|
|Local host||Ken Perlow||708-989-1729||Ken Perlow|
|VdGSA President||Wendy Gillespie||812-336-1810||Wendy Gillespie|
|Local information||Choose Chicago||www.choosechicago.com|
|Web registration issues||Linda and Peter Payzant||Web Masters|