St. Xavier University
July 24-31, 2011
This is the page for the 2011 Conclave.
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The following forms are available for download as printable PDFs:
- Registration form: Housing and Billing
- Registration form: Class Selection
- Conclave brochure
- Complete faculty bios
- Detailed class offerings
- Revised self-rating Guide
Who's registered so far? Check it out in the Members' Area (password required).
Conclave 2011 Features
|Martha Bishop||Alice Robbins|
|Joanna Blendulf||David Schrader|
|John Dornenburg||Gail Ann Schroeder|
|Wendy Gillespie||Elin Soderstrom|
|Jane Hershey||Mary Springfels|
|Julie Jeffrey||Lisa Terry|
|Larry Lipnik||Lynn Tetenbaum|
|Catharina Meints||Craig Trompeter|
|David Morris||Brent Wissick|
|Sarah Mead||Music Director|
|Kathy Schenley||Conclave Coordinator|
|Alice Renken & Jean Seiler||Conclave Assistants|
|Sarah Poon|| Scholarship Coordinator and|
|Russell Wagner||Viol Doctor|
|Louis Bégin||Bow Doctor|
|Ken Perlow||Local Host|
Need a ride to Conclave, or a viol to use, or able to provide either?Check out the Ride Board.
The guide to finding your appropriate level has changed, and so has the rating system. Make sure you review the guide and determine your new rating before registering for classes. Click here to see the new guidelines.
For a printable PDF version of the class offerings, click here.
|Any||Schroeder||Alexander Technique for Viols Move with ease, relieve tension, enhance performance||limit 10|
|LI‑UI||Tetenbaum||Warm Up Your Viol & You Warm-up techniques & exercises for both your bow & left hand||T & B only|
|I‑A||Gillespie||Musing in Circles Use the circle of 5ths to learn your fingerboard, read clefs, & transpose|
|I‑A||Jeffrey||Your Inner Teacher Teach yourself to teach yourself: ideas for your home practice routine|
|LI||Lipnik||The Bowed Word Phrasing vocal & vocally-inspired music from England and the Continent||limit 8|
|LI‑I||Robbins||Left-Hand, Right-Brain Fingering, shifting, extensions: when, why, and how do you do it?||limit 10|
|LI‑I||Soderstrom||At First Sight Learn the tricks to becoming a better sight-reader, using easy consort literature||limit 10|
|I||Morris||Italian for Beginners Using the Italian madrigal as a basis for bowing fluidity & expressivity||limit 10|
|I||Bishop||Basics for Basses Exercises and ensemble music chosen exclusively for basses||limit 6, Basses|
|I‑UI||Blendulf||Technically Treble Treble-specific bowing & fingering techniques in a fun and relaxed setting||Trebles only|
|I‑UI||Hershey||Totally Tenor Expand your technique & explore repertoire well-suited to the tenor viol||Tenors only|
|UI||Springfels||Masters of Word & Gesture Bowing and text-setting in the motets of Willaert and Lassus||limit 6|
|UI‑A||Meints||Left-Hand Technique Learn how good left-hand habits can affect the quality of your sound||limit 10|
|UI‑A||Dornenburg||Bass Technique Bowing work, finger independence, string crossing, correct shifting, chords||Basses only|
|UI+||Trompeter||30/60 Daily workout with 30 minutes of focused technique and 60 minutes of consort repertoire||limit 6|
|B||Schroeder||Beginning Viol Open to all, no experience necessary; instruments available|
|LI||Hershey||Fit for a King "Henry VIII's Songbook" - music of the Continent, the Isles & the King himself!||limit 8|
|LI‑I||Bishop||Women's Lib Music named after women, written about women, or composed by women||limit 10|
|I||Dornenburg||Intro. to Solo Bass Learn easier solos in the safety of a group: Ortiz, Hume, Abel, Couperin||Basses only|
|I‑UI||Lipnik/Morris||Ori & Dori "I trionfi di Dori" of 1592 and its English spin-off, “The Triumphs of Orianna”||limit 15*|
|UI||Schrader||Organ Consorts Viol consorts with chamber organ, from the keyboard-player’s point of view||limit 6|
|UI||Gillespie||Lawes Sectionals (tr,T,B) Master your parts to the fantasias à 6, then join others in consort||6 Trebles|
|UI‑A||Soderstrom||The Decorative Arts Learn when and how to embellish your consort playing||limit 6|
|UI‑A||Terry||Learning by Teaching Enhance your playing by learning to teach others (w/ Beginning Viol)|
|A||Tetenbaum||Marais, Book IV The “Pièces à trois violes” with both solo and continuo lines for basses||6 Basses|
|A||Meints||Lawes Consorts The great consort repertoire of one of the last great consort composers||5 or 6|
|Drop-in Option (no registration required)|
Join hands with the Muse of Dance in Praetorius’ eponymous collection of dances.
No limit: all levels, all sizes, from the smallest to the very largest
|B+/LI||Jeffrey||The Adventurous Beginner Dip your toes in the polyphony-pool together – the water’s fine!||limit 10|
|LI‑I||Wissick||O, Suzanna Multiple settings of "Suzanne un jour" by Lupi, Lassus, Byrd, Dowland, and more||limit 10|
|I||Gillespie||Sweet Muses East’s "Third set… apt for Viols & Voyces" sung & played (some from facsimile)||limit 10*|
|I||Blendulf||Read like a Pro Improve your sight-reading skills through theory, counting, clefs, and more||limit 8|
|I‑UI||Soderstrom||Ferrabosco the Younger The four-part fantasias of Alfonso Ferrabosco II (doubling class)||limit 8|
|I‑UI||Mead||Viol as a 2nd Language A consort for musicians highly proficient on other instruments or voice||limit 6|
|UI||Trompeter||Voix et Violes Les chansons françaises de Josquin, Sermisy, Sandrin, Gombert, et plus d’autres!||limit 8*|
|UI||Robbins||Lupo Fantasias Get to know Thomas Lupo with a consort-a-day from his 6-part fantasias||limit 6|
|I‑A||Morris||Continuo Demystified Learn to decipher the little numbers & become a supportive bass player||Basses only|
|UI‑A||Meints||Pardessus & Treble Explore technique, solo & ensemble music focusing on the smallest viols||6 Pard/Tr|
|A||Schroeder||Jenkins Fantasias Roll up your sleeves & dig deep into the great consorts of a master-craftsman||5 or 6|
|Drop-in Option (no registration required)|
The Muse of Lyric Poetry invites you to join her all-lyra-viol orchestra.
Easy parts to challenges, all levels of experience, tablature & notes - explorers welcome!
|Any||Trompeter||Feldenkrais® Gentle, easy, novel movements help you be more comfortable, coordinated & smart!|
|LI‑I||Dornenburg||Safety in Numbers Easier consorts and ensemble music made more fun by doubling your part||limit 10|
|I||Robbins||Ward’s Words Experimenting with the sounds of consonants in the madrigals of John Ward||limit 10|
|I||Lipnik||L’Amorosa Ero A heartbreaking legend set by many composers of the Italian Renaissance||limit 8|
|UI||Blendulf||A Tonne of Hingston Take a tour of the beautiful fantasia-suites for 3 & 4 parts (doubling)||limit 8|
|UI||Tetenbaum||Jenkins Plus One Jenkins’ 6-part fantasias with the teacher playing one of the bass parts||limit 5|
|UI‑A||Bishop||Composers’ Round Robin Bring your compositions to share in group reading and critiques||limit 10|
|UI‑A||Springfels||Playing from a Work of Art Music from the beautiful color facsimiles of the “Dow Partbooks”||limit 5|
|A||Schrader||Fantasia-Suites w/ Organ 3-part fantasies & dances w/ organ by Jenkins & his contemporaries||limit 6, Tr/B|
|Drop-in Option (no registration required)|
Invoke the Muse of Choral Poetry with sacred works of Cristóbal Morales.
All voice parts, all sizes of viol; come one, come all*
|Saturday, July 23||Early arrival (after noon, extra fee)|
|Sunday, July 24||Main registration in McCarthy Hall: noon to 5:00; Viol maintenance; Opening-night introductions; Social hour|
|Monday, July 25||Classes begin; Evening lecture: The Muses' Speech; Ad hoc consorts; Young players' gathering|
|Tuesday, July 26||Area reps meeting; Scholarship auction|
|Wednedsay, July 27||Afternoon/evening free for sightseeing; Enjoy a brew at the campus pub, Gilhooley's; Ad hoc consorts|
|Thursday, July 28||Concert: Sing, Heavenly Muse; Reception|
|Friday, July 29||Consort Co-op performance; Banquet|
|Saturday, July 30||Final classes; Town meeting; Student concert|
|Sunday, July 31||Check out by 11:00 a.m.|
A "welcome" letter containing many Conclave details, including travel, items to bring, etc. will be mailed out beginning in mid-April.
BEGINNING VIOLAs a community outreach, this class is offered free to local residents and to guests of Conclave registrants. The class introduces basic technique, ensemble playing, practicing skills, and ideas for how to continue to play the viol after Conclave. Instruments are available free of charge with advance registration. The class meets in the late morning Monday through Saturday. For more information contact: Sarah Mead.
PRE-FORMED CONSORTSPre-existing groups may register to take ONE class as a consort. Due to class-size limitations, priority will be given to 6-part ensembles. To assure placement together, all members should register early.
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. Contact Alice Renken, (760) 729-6679, for more information. Email: Alice Renken.
THE CONSORT COOPERATIVEis 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 will perform an afternoon mini-concert. Applicants to the CC program are required to register for Conclave. They must also supply additional information to Brady Lanier by May 15. See details at Consort Cooperative.
BUILDERS AND DEALERSof instruments, bows, and related materials are invited to exhibit at Conclave. Secure display space will be available adjacent to the VdGSA Store. 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 at vdgsa.org. 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, phone: (662) 816-9959.
|Full tuition (2 or more classes)||$425||$445|
|Partial tuition (one class only)||$325||$345|
|Non-participants (guests, non-playing partners, Seasoned Players and Consort Cooperative members not taking classes)||$225||$245|
|Participants in the Beginning Viol Class only||No charge||No charge|
|Late registration fee (after May 15)||$25||$25|
|*A member is any member of the VdGSA or a foreign viola da gamba society. Non-members will receive a 1-year first-time membership in the VdGSA as part of their tuition fee.|
Room and board
|Room Type||Cost for the week||Saturday arrival
|Traditional dorm Single||$500||$60||$100|
|Traditional dorm Double||$350||$40||$70|
|A few $125 subsidies for R & B are available for students and others on limited income. This option is available during the application process.|
|The banquet is included in the Room and
If you are staying off campus but would like to attend the banquet, the cost is $35.
WORK-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AND STIPENDSConclave Work-Study positions come with full-tuition scholarships ($425) or part-time stipends ($225 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 Poon 604-512-9152, email: Sarah Poon.
|Scholarship applications||April 25|
|Consort Cooperative applications||May 15|
|Late registration fee applies after||May 15|
|Registration closes||June 15|
|Last cancellation date||June 15|
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.
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. 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, classes are shortened, opening up the afternoon and evening for exploration and relaxation. Though most museums close by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Millennium Park in the Loop is a festival of sights and sounds, often with free concerts in the evening. And there's miles of lake shore to saunter. Take a cruise tour of Chicago's architecture, delight in a sunset cocktail at the Signature Room of the Hancock Building, or shop the stores and markets. The difficulty will be choosing!
For more information:
- on the campus: Saint Xavier University.
- on tourism: Chicago Tourism.
- on Midway Airport (MDW): MDW.
- on O'Hare Airport (ORD): ORD.
|Music Director||Sarah Mead||508-655-2597||Sarah Mead|
|Scholarships||Sarah Poon||604-512-9152||Sarah Poon|
|Housing questions||Kathy Schenley||919-918-4159||Kathy Schenley|
|Money matters, forms||Ken Perlow||708-989-1729||Ken Perlow|
|Exhibits||Susan Marchant||662-816-9959||Susan Marchant|
|Local host||Ken Perlow||708-989-1729||Ken Perlow
|VdGSA President||Wendy Gillespie||812-336-1810||Wendy Gillespie|
|Campus information||St. Xavier University||www.sxu.edu|
|Local information||Chicago, Illinois||www.choosechicago.com|
|Web registration issues||Linda and Peter Payzant||Webmasters|
Need a ride to Conclave, or a viol to use, or able to provide either?Post your situation on or look at the Conclave Connection Board.
The Conclave Connection Board aims to help hook up those who need transportation with those who can provide it, and those who may be able to bring extra instruments with those who will need them. Note that we no longer administer a rental program for Conclave. Instruments will be made available to adult beginners free of charge. If you expect to need an instrument at Conclave, and you're not signing up for the adult beginners' class, please use the Connection Board to make your situation known.