Consort Cooperative 2013


Designed 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.

Consort Cooperative is more than just a program of self-coaching for advanced players. The goal is to develop skills for both professional rehearsing and teaching. CC participants are expected to be leaders outside of coaching sessions as well as being involved with the larger Conclave program. This year, CC will be hosting an ad hoc reading session at the beginning of the week to help facilitate relationships between members of all the Conclave programs. There will be opportunities for performance, collaboration, and networking with each other, with other Conclave participants, and with the Conclave faculty.

Program Description:

The CC program runs concurrently with the rest of Conclave, and its daily schedule is similar. The morning hours are used for self-coached ensembles. CC participants will each propose five specific pieces they want to coach well in advance of Conclave and the coordinator will compile a schedule where ideally, each member will coach two pieces (one of which they may play in, the other being coached from outside the group). When not coaching, participants will play in an ensemble coached by one of their peers. Participants will get a chance to play a large variety of music and meet and work with everyone in the program.

During the afternoon, participants are encouraged to take a course in the general Conclave program during third period. Fourth period will feature three special lectures/workshops by Conclave faculty members on topics ranging from technique to repertoire to professional development as well as whole group rehearsals for our performance at the end of the week. In addition to performing a selection of the self-coached pieces, we will also work on an arrangement by Brady Lanier commissioned especially for this year's CC group.

For additional specific information about how the CC is run, please email Zoe Weiss at


The success of the CC program is to a great extent predicated on each participant having significant technical expertise and knowledge of the consort repertoire, and on their bringing to the CC community a desire for further personal growth, a supportive attitude and the willingness to work as part of a team. The successful CC applicant is either already playing music on a professional level or is working towards doing so in some capacity?CC is also designed as a networking environment for people looking to meet other viol players with whom to create concerts.

Enrollment in the CC is extremely selective; applicants who have attended three consecutive CC sessions in the past will be considered for admission only after all other applications are read. Participants will pay room, board, and the non-student conference fee, and they may apply for additional assistance through scholarships. See below for full application details.

Application Details:

Registration is limited to 15 musicians. The application deadline is May 1, 2013. Application to the CC program consists of four (4) parts, which must all be completed in their entirety by the deadline, in order for an applicant to be considered.

  • Complete the normal Conclave registration materials, indicating that you are applying to the CC program. Please be sure to complete the self-rating portion of the registration form, as well as indicating what instruments and clefs you are comfortable playing and which instruments you are bringing to Conclave. Though it is not necessary for successful applicants to play all sizes of viol, the info on what sizes each participant does play is essential for CC planning!
  • Write a short personal statement (300-500 words) that expresses why you believe yourself to be a good candidate for the CC. Your statement might address what strengths you would bring to the program, what kind of issues in your own playing you would hope to address over the course of the week, or what you hope to gain from being involved in the CC, etc.
  • Two of the following:
    • A short CD or digital recording on which your playing may be clearly distinguished
    • A resume or CV providing full details of your musical training, education, and playing/performing experience
    • Two letters of recommendation from musical professionals qualified to evaluate your technical, musical, and personal expertise.

N.B.: If you have participated in CC before you may omit the recording and letters of recommendation but please still submit a resume or CV.

Please submit your application materials electronically to Zoe Weiss at by May 1st, 2013..