On-line registration is now open.
To begin registering on-line, click here.
- by phone: Call Kate Shuldiner at 847-894-7562.
- using paper forms: Email Kate Shuldiner, and she will send you the forms.
If we receive your completed paper registration within three weeks of your request, we will use the date that you first contacted Kate as your date of registration.
Who's registered so far? Check it out in the
Members' Area (password required).
|Jack Ashworth||Loren Ludwig|
|Joanna Blendulf||Elizabeth Macdonald|
|John Dornenburg||Martha McGaughey|
|Julie Elhard||Sarah Mead|
|Wendy Gillespie||Catharina Meints|
|Laury Gutierrez||Rosamund Morley|
|Patty Halverson||Annalisa Pappano|
|Jane Hershey||Elisabeth Reed|
|Brady Lanier||John Mark Rozendaal|
|Josh Lee||Margriet Tindemans|
Download a PDF of complete faculty bios here.
|Sarah Mead||Music Director|
|David Poon||Conclave Managers|
|Phillip Serna||Scholarship Coordinator|
|Colin Shipman||Viol Doctor|
|Harry Grabenstein||Bow Doctor|
Conclave 2013 Features
Need a ride to Conclave, or a viol to use, or able to provide either?Check out the Ride Board.
Class levels are based on the 2011 Self-Rating Guide, available here. You will be asked to refer to it when you fill out your Registration
For a printable PDF version of the class offerings, click here.
|Any||Lee||Our Viols, Ourselves—Stretches, warm ups & techniques to help avoid injury, make playing less painful||with instruments|
|B+ ‑ LI||Elhard||Consorts for Newbies—Learn the skills needed to play in consort with other viols|
|LI ‑ I||Ashworth||Tanzen und Springen—Dance-band music for viol consort|
|LI ‑ I||Macdonald||Tech Times Two—Basic technique taught through duets: bows, fingers, and counting||Bass only|
|LI ‑ UI||Blendulf||Safe Crossing—Learning to navigate string crossings through exercises & excerpts|
|I ‑ UI||Ludwig||Drop the Bow—Develop facility & enjoy the magic soundworld of the plucked viol - no bows necessary!|
|I ‑ UI||Pappano||Treble Technique—Work on pushing your technique, while achieving a beautiful sound.||Treble only|
|I ‑ UI||Morley||Tenor Technique—Stretch yourself through exercises and music from Petrucci's earliest publications||Tenor only|
|I ‑ UI||Gillespie||Scaling the Heights—Exploring the upper reaches of your instrument one (half-) step at a time|
|I ‑ A||Reed||About a Bow—Effective use of your entire bow: you paid for the whole thing, so use it!|
|I ‑ A||Hershey||Tablature for Tenors—Sometimes smaller is better. Enjoy your instrument in a whole new way!||Tenor only|
|I+ ‑ A||McGaughey||Bound & Determined—Clean up your act with exercises for daily practice & tips for solving technical problems|
|UI ‑ A||Dornenburg||Bass Technique—Building a more solid technical foundation||B only, bass and alto clefs|
|UI ‑ A||Tindemans||By Leaps—Becoming a confident shifter on any size of viol|
|UI+ ‑ A+||Halverson
|30/60 —30 minutes of technique, 60 minutes of repertoire: the perfect morning combo||3 sections, by level|
|B||Elhard||Introduction to the Viol—Free Beginners' class for all comers (instruments provided)|
|B+ ‑ LI||Lanier||Beginnings & Endings—Focus on the group experience: ensemble, blend, balance, and listening|
|LI+ ‑ I||Dornenburg||Songs without Words—Renaissance chansons and motets for viols|
|I||Pappano||The Senfl Truth—Discover the inventive counterpoint of Ludwig Senfl’s consort music|
|I ‑ UI||Lee||French 101—Consort arrangements of Lully, Campra & Marais for the soloisticly faint-of-heart|
|UI||Hershey||Low Jump—Low consorts from the Low Countries: treble-free music-making||Tenor & Bass only|
|I ‑ A||Macdonald
|Border Crossing —In 1588, Musica Transalpina brought the Italian madrigal to England; celebrate its 425th anniversary with viols & voices (and barless music!)||2 sections, by level, voices welcome|
|I ‑ A||Blendulf
|Great Gibbons —Explore the fantasias and madrigals of the incomparable Orlando||2 sections, by level|
|I ‑ A||Halverson
|Pre-Formed Consort—Intensive coaching of your group on your own goals & repertoire|
|UI ‑ A||Ashworth||Three B's—Byrd, Bach & Brahms: motets, chorales & organ preludes arranged for viols|
|A||McGaughey||Leaping Lawes—Lawes consorts with special attention to his signature shifts and jumps|
|A+||Meints||Bound for Glory—Study of the Bach Passion arias||B only, bass and alto clefs|
|Open Session (no registration required)|
|Open Session||Gutierrez||La Viola Loca—Rhythmic and poignant music from Spain and Latin America||voices welcome|
|any||Reed||Soundbodies—Learn Feldenkrais™ techniques for greater comfort and efficiency while playing|
|LI ‑ I||Blendulf||Iberian Impulses—Spanish villancicos from the Cancionero de Upsala|
|I||Halverson||Good Housekeeping—Songs and dances by Vecchi and Schein, with an emphasis on balance and clarity|
|I ‑ UI||Meints||Ward of the State—Use the fantasies of John Ward to work on consort sound & tuning|
|I ‑ UI||Mead||On the Bounding Main—Find your sea-legs: how to read the chart & get back on course when you’re lost|
|I ‑ UI||McGaughey||Bottoms Up!—Continuo lines for the harmonically innocent||Bass only|
|UI||Pappano||Lyra-way—Speaking the language of tablature in solo & ensemble music||Bass only|
|UI||Hershey||Jenkins' Bow—Jenkins consort music, with an emphasis on bow-control in the passage-work|
|UI ‑ A||Gillespie||Working without a Net—Discover the thrill and satisfaction of playing from early notation|
|UI+ ‑ A+||Dornenburg||Dance a Day w/ Marais—Work as a group through a French solo suite||B only, bass and alto clefs|
|UI+ ‑ A+||Lanier
|Flying Leap!—Prepare a Traynor piece for performance w/ help from the standard viol repertoire|
|Open Session (no registration required)|
|Open Session||Ashworth||Leap of Faith—Music from an Anglican choir-loft: anthems of the Reformation & beyond||voices welcome|
|B ‑ B+||Gillespie||Leaping Forward—An extra boost for new and recent viol-players|
|LI ‑ I||Gutierrez||Follow me!—Canons, catches & chorales by Purcell, Ravenscroft, Bach & more||voices welcome|
|I ‑ UI||Tindemans||Jumping off the Ground—Chaconnes & Passacaglias, both improvised and composed|
|UI ‑ A||Ludwig||Out of Bounds—Avant-Garde music of the Renaissance: Picforth, Tye, Senfl, Josquin & more|
|UI ‑ A||Elhard||Teaching Beginners—New techniques for teaching the viol to beginners and non-string-players|
|UI ‑ A||Lanier||Arranging for Viol—Class members submit their own arrangements for playing & feedback|
|A ‑ A+||Meints||Leaping the Centuries—18th c. markings in the Sibley Library copy of Marais' Livre II||B only, bass and alto clefs|
|Open Session (no registration required)|
|Open Session||Rozendaal||En Masse—Taverner’s Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas: the Mass that launched a thousand In Nomines||voices welcome|
|Saturday, July 20||Early arrivals after 2:00 p.m. (extra fee)|
|Sunday, July 21||2:00-6:00 Registration and check in; Opening night festivities|
|Monday, July 22||Classes begin|
|Tuesday, July 23||Scholarship auction|
|Wednesday, July 24||Afternoon/evening off for sightseeing|
|Thursday, July 25||10th Traynor composition competition concert|
|Friday, July 26||Consort Co-op performance; Banquet|
|Saturday, July 27||Final classes; Town meeting; Student concert|
|Sunday, July 28||Check out by 11:00 a.m.|
A "welcome" letter containing many Conclave details, including travel, items to bring, etc. will be available later in the Spring.
REGULAR CURRICULUMFULL-TIME There are four class-periods during the day. Full-time participants may take up to three classes. During the period(s) they choose to have free, they may opt to have time off or take part in the Open Session. Those choosing to take three classes must include a 1st Period class.
PART-TIME Some people prefer to have a light schedule and take only one class. Those Part-Time participants register for one class only but may take part in Open Sessions if they wish without further charge.
PRE-FORMED CONSORT If you are part of a pre-existing consort who wish to be coached as a group for one session, there is a class for you entitled "Pre-Formed Consort" in the 2nd period.
BEGINNING VIOL*The VdGSA waives the Conference Fee for local residents interested in trying the viol for the first time; as an outreach to the community we provide the Introductory Class free of charge.
BEGINNING VIOL The 2nd-Period "Introduction to the Viol" class is offered for free to local residents and other Beginner registrants. The class introduces basic technique, ensemble playing, practicing skills, and ideas for how to continue to play the viol after Conclave. Registrants may sign up for this free course, which meets daily from Monday to Saturday, and are also welcome to audit the Open Sessions free of charge. (Contact Sarah Mead for more information)
BEGINNERS+1 In addition to the Introductory Course, adventurous beginners may pay the single-class fee of $100 and register for the 4th-period "Leaping Forward" class designed as a power-boost for new players (a cost of under $20 a day).
*Instruments are available to beginners free of charge with advance registration.
Please check the appropriate box when you sign up for the Beginning Viol program to indicate
that you are interested in borrowing an instrument.
SEASONED PLAYERS & SPECIAL PROJECTSSome very experienced Conclave attendees prefer to play together uncoached during class time. These players may register for the Seasoned Players program, or can apply to take part in the new Special Projects.
SEASONED PLAYERS This program offers strong readers a chance to play through a large amount of consort repertoire in a relaxed, social, and unstructured setting. A coordinator helps to organize the players and music. Participants must have the flexibility and sight-reading skill to play the gamut of viol consort music on more than one size of instrument. Those who wish to take one coached class can choose the SP +1 option, and pay the single-class fee; all others pay only the conference fee. Contact Alice Renken, (760) 729-6679, for more information. Email: Alice Renken.
SPECIAL PROJECTS A new subset of the Seasoned Players program, the Special Projects
program is open to professionals, faculty on rotation, and other players with A+ scores
in the Self-Rating Guide. This is also an excellent option for people who have completed
the Consort Cooperative program. When you register for Seasoned Players, you will be asked
if you would like to be considered for Special Projects. Each participant will propose a
project for the group to spend time on during the week; this could include exploring
unfamiliar repertoire, playing from original notation, or experimenting with new techniques.
For more information contact:
THE CONSORT COOPERATIVEDesigned for professional and pre-professional viol players, the Consort Cooperative provides an intensive week of viol playing within highly accomplished consorts of one's peers. CC participants will hone their directing and teaching skills by coaching pieces they have selected, as well as exploring both standard and unusual consort repertoire in groups led by their peers. The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity to focus intensely on a small body of pieces (chosen by participants) and to delve deeply into the music at the highest technical level. Participants perform an afternoon mini-concert and have the option of registering for one 3rd-period class in the Regular Curriculum. When you select this program from the menu below, you will complete your Conclave registration and can choose a 3rd-period class, which is included in your total fee. An additional application is required for acceptance into this program. Applicants to the CC program are required to register for Conclave. They must also supply additional information to Zoe Weiss by May 1. See details at Consort Cooperative.
EXHIBITORSExhibitors of instruments, bows, and related materials are invited to exhibit at Conclave. 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 must register on-line. The registration process includes a special program for builders and exhibitors with the option of part-week stays and pro-rated fees. Exhibitors must complete registration—including housing requests—by June 15. Contact Susan Marchant at Conclave Vendor Coordinator, phone: (662) 816-9959.
NON-PLAYING ATTENDEESGuests and family of Conclave participants who plan to attend without participating in any of the programs must register as Non-Playing Attendees.
|Regular curriculum, full-time (for anyone taking 2 or 3 classes plus optional Open Sessions)||$425||$445|
|Regular curriculum, part-time (plus any number of Open Sessions)||$325||$345|
|Beginning Viol (local attendees taking only the 2nd period "Introduction to the Viol" class.)||No charge||No charge|
|Beginners+1 (local Beginners taking the 2nd period "Introduction to the Viol" + the 4th period "Leaping Forward" class)||$100||$100|
|Beginning Viol (Non-local attendees taking only the 2nd period "Introduction to the Viol" class)||$225||$245|
|Beginners+1 (Non-local Beginners taking the 2nd period "Intoduction to the Viol" class + the 4th period "Leaping Forward" class)||$325||$345|
|Seasoned Players and Special Projects (taking no classes)||$225||$245|
|SP+1 (Seasoned Players and Special Projects taking 1 class)||$325||$345|
|Consort Cooperative (includes 1 optional 3rd period class)||$280||$300|
|Conference fee for all others not taking classes (includes guests and non-playing attendees)||$225||$245|
|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||Daily rate
(after 2pm Saturday)
|Deluxe single - private bath (limited availability)||$675||$100||$100|
|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 $40.
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 25 if they will receive a subsidy. These positions fill quickly, so be sure to apply promptly! Contact Phillip Serna 847-722-2093, email: Phillip Serna.
|Scholarship applications||May 1|
|Consort Cooperative applications||May 1|
|Late registration fee applies after||May 15|
|Registration closes||June 15|
|Last cancellation date||June 15|
Located about 25 miles west of Portland, Pacific University occupies 55 acres in downtown Forest Grove, Oregon. The drive from Portland's airport (PDX) is just under an hour to the center of Forest Grove, but plan your trip to avoid Portland's rush hour traffic! Oregon's Pacific Coast is only 54 miles from Forest Grove with a scenic drive through Tillamook State Forest. Forest Grove is known as the gateway to Oregon's famed wine country. There are over a dozen wineries minutes from downtown Forest Grove that offer tasting rooms, fine food, music and art events, gift shops and tours.
Founded in 1849 by Congregational pioneers as the Tualatin Academy, today Pacific University is an independent liberal arts university enrolling over 3000 students. The compact campus is home to oaks, firs, redwoods, and acorn woodpeckers. Pacific University is in downtown Forest Grove, a charming, walkable town of about 20,000.
In addition to a refurbished 400-seat recital hall designed for chamber music, Pacific has again offered us housing in 2 new Gold LEED dorms. Both dorms are apartment style, arranged in both doubles and singles for groups of 2 to 6 people. Each apartment features a living room, kitchen/kitchenette and 2 bathrooms. The dorms have wifi, air-conditioning, and elevators. A city swimming pool, located in one of the town's 9 parks, is very near the dorms.
On Wednesday, the schedule is adjusted to give you the late afternoon and evening off so that you may explore the area. You might look for bald eagles at the Fernhill Wetlands birding area or opt for wine or sake tasting downtown. Want to get to a bigger city? A Trimet bus leaves Forest Grove every 15 minutes and will connect you to the Max light rail service into Portland. The Hagg Lake Recreation Area offers swimming and boating, and there are 5 area Golf Courses including world famous Pumpkin Ridge.
For more information:
- on the campus: www.pacificu.edu.
- on the town: http://www.forestgrove-or.gov/.
- on the airport: www.flypdx.com.
- on bus/rail service: www.trimet.org.
|Music Director||Sarah Mead||508-655-2597||Sarah Mead|
|Housing questions||Chrissy Spencer||828-789-9089||Conclave Managers|
|Scholarships||Phillip Serna||847-722-2093||Phillip Serna.|
|Assistance in registering off-line||Kate Shuldiner||847-894-7562||Kate Shuldiner|
|Money matters||Ken Perlow||708-989-1729||Ken Perlow|
|Exhibits||Susan Marchant||662-816-9959||Susan Marchant|
|Consort Cooperative||Zoe Weiss||607-227-9888||Zoe Weiss|
|VdGSA President||Marie Dalby Szuts||510-206-2652||Marie Dalby Szuts|
|Campus information||Pacific University||http://www.pacificu.edu|
|Local information||Forest Grove||http://www.forestgrove-or.gov|
|Web registration issues||Linda Payzant 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.