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Welcome Letter and Auction Catalog
The welcome letter and auction catalog are now available for download here:
|Conclave Welcome Letter:|
|On-line Auction catalog:|
Are you considering coming to Conclave for the first time? Have a look at our videos of Conclave people telling us all about it.
|Martha Bishop||Catharina Meints|
|Joanna Blendulf||John Moran|
|Wendy Gillespie||Pat Neely|
|Janet Haas||Annalisa Pappano|
|Julie Jeffrey||Elisabeth Reed|
|Josh Lee||Alice Robbins|
|Larry Lipnik||Gail Ann Schroeder|
|Loren Ludwig||Mary Springfels|
|Elizabeth Macdonald||Lisa Terry|
|Jason McStoots (voice)||Emily Walhout|
|Sarah Mead||Brent Wissick|
Download a PDF of complete faculty bios here.
|Sarah Mead||Music Director|
|David Poon||Conclave Managers|
|Robert Bolyard||Scholarship Coordinator|
|Heather Spence||Auction Coordinators|
|John Pringle||Viol Doctor|
|Harry Grabenstein||Bow Doctor|
|Conclave 2015 Features|
Class levels are based on the 2015 Self-Rating Guide, available here. You will be asked to refer to it when you fill out your Registration.
For a more detailed (and printable) PDF version of the class offerings, click here.
Hover over the yellow more... for each class to see more class details.
|Any||Reed||Shades of Grey: Feldenkrais—Linking musical & physical expression more...||Limit 10, with Instruments|
|B+ ‑ I||Haas||50 Shades of the Bow—Expand your bow’s color palette more...||Limit 10|
|LI ‑ I||Blendulf||Primary Colors: Treble edition—Fundamentals of technique for newer treble players more...||Trebles only|
|LI ‑ I||Macdonald||Primary Colors: Bass edition—Focus on technique for the developing bass player more...||Basses only|
|I||Jeffrey||Green Light GO!—Exercises and music to improve your velocity more...||All sizes|
|I||Walhout||Semper Bow-land—Focus on bowing, using Dowland’s dances more...||Doubling|
|I – UI||Gillespie||Color Wheel: Tenor edition—Navigate your tenor confidently via the circle of 5ths more...||Tenors only|
|I – UI||Lee||Shades of Sound—Making the most of your bow’s color-range more...||Doubling possible|
|I – UI||Lipnik||Seeing Red, Feeling Blue—Emotional expression in dramatic ensemble music more...||5-part consort|
|UI||Moran||Prismatic Practice—How to practice challenging passages more...||Limit 10|
|UI||Pappano||Wild Blue Yonder—Going with confidence “above & beyond” the frets more...||All sizes|
|UI *Voice||McStoots||Cultural Exchange—Sing like a viol; play like a voice more...||*Voices & Viols|
|UI/UI+||Springfels||Lighting the Grid: Left-hand tech—Historical fingering systems to improve the left hand more...||Any size|
|UI ‑ A||Meints||Sacré bleu! the French Treble—Technique for trebles, using Heudelinne’s model more...||Trebles only|
|A||Terry||Color Guard: Daily Drill—Simpson’s Division Viol as a technique primer more...||Basses only|
|UI+, A, A+||Mead|
|Pie Chart: 30/60 —A half-hour of technique, an hour of repertoire more...||Limit 6 per consort|
|B||Reed||Introduction to the Viol—Beginning Viola da Gamba more...||Instruments provided on request|
|B+/LI||Terry||The Viol’s Voice—Unlocking your viol’s voice more...||Doubling|
|LI+||Macdonald||Color Forms—An introduction to consort music more...||Limit 8|
|I||Haas||Yellow Light: Go Slow! —Slow & steady wins the race: Jenkins at a stately pace more...||Limit 6|
|I||Jeffrey||Night’s Black Bird—Dowland part-songs for voices & viols more...||Limit 8 singer-players|
|I/I+||Springfels||Burgundy—Music for princes & venture capitalists more...||Limit 12|
|I+/UI||Wissick||Copper-colored—Coperario’s Italian colors for a grey English sky more...||Limit 6|
|I+/UI||Robbins||Red Byrd, Blue Byrd—Consort music of William Byrd more...||Limit 5|
|I+/UI||Walhout Blendulf||Grey Wolf—Thomas Lupo’s 6-part fantasias more...||Limit 6 per section|
|I+/UI||Lipnik||Tho’ Amaryllis Dance in Green—Songs of dancing and lively dances more...||Limit 5|
|UI/UI+||Gillespie||Silver Sounds—Renaissance music on Renaissance viols more...||Ren. Viols|
|UI+||Lee||Spectrum—The moods of music: affect in consort playing more...||Limit 6 (some doubling)|
|UI+/A||Neely||Summer Whites—6-part consort music of William White||Limit 6|
|UI+/A||Moran||Orlando Magic—6-part consort music of Orlando Gibbons||Limit 6|
|A||Ludwig||Color Me Cranford—The colorful & eccentric consorts of William Cranford||Limit 6|
|A+||Meints||Kaleidoscope—From Chaos to Clarity with William Lawes more...||Limit 6|
|Any||Schroeder||Pre-formed Consort—Color in your own picture more...||Minimum 5|
|B/B+||Macdonald||Booster Shot—Beginners +1 more...|
|LI/LI+||Wissick||Red Roses for a Blue Lady—The Romance of the French Chanson more...||Limit 8|
|LI+/I||Blendulf||Line Drawing—Hearing and playing polyphonic lines more...||Limit 6|
|I||Meints||Dowland sings the Blues—Playing the Lachrimae with expression and passion more...||Doubling possible|
|I/I+||Haas||Consort Colors—What color is your consort? more...||Limit 10|
|I+/UI||Walhout||Color Scheme—The In Nomine: a common thread in many patterns more...||Limit 5|
|UI/UI+||Pappano||Reading Rainbow—Shut up and play! more...||Limit 6|
|UI+/A||Neely||Color Bursts—Diminutions for the daring more...||Trebles & Basses|
|UI‑A||Lee||Aqua Marin—Introduction to the solo works of Marin Marais more...||Basses only|
|UI+/A||Jeffrey||Red-hot off the press!—Jenkins trios newly arranged for treble/tenor/bass more...||Limit 9|
|UI+/A *Voice||Terry McStoots||Complementary Colors—Recitative skills for viols/Solo song with continuo. One class, two teachers, two rooms. more...||Bass viols, solo voices|
|A||Springfels||Black Notes—Variations & Sonatas by British ex-pats more...||Basses only|
|CC & A+||Gillespie||Black & White (& read all over)—Original notation and what it teaches us more...|
|Mixed Palette—New music, New ideas, New techniques more...||Open to anyone who is free 3rd period|
|Any||Schroeder||Earth Tones—Alexander in the afternoon. more...|
|LI – I||Robbins||Colours in the Ayres—Ayres of different colors, both cheerful and doleful more...||Doubling|
|I‑UI||Reed||Food Coloring—Johann Hermann Schein’s Musical Banquet more...||Limit 5|
|UI‑A||Ludwig||Tudor Rose—Early English polyphony from the age of Henry VIII more...||Some doubling|
|A *Voice||Pappano||Background Color—The art of accompaniment from the viol more...||Bass viols, Solo voices|
|OPEN *Voice||Lipnik||The Age of Gold—Musical treasures of the Spanish Renaissance more...||Open to anyone who is free 4th period|
|Sunday, July 26||Registration and check in (2:00-6:00 p.m.); Opening night festivities|
|Monday, July 27||Classes begin|
|Tuesday, July 28||Scholarship auction|
|Wednesday, July 29||Afternoon/evening off for sightseeing|
|Thursday, July 30||Featured Performance|
|Friday, July 31||Consort Co-op performance; Town Meeting|
|Saturday, Aug 1||Classes end; Student Concert; Banquet|
|Sunday, Aug 2||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 enjoy time off or take part in one or both of the afternoon Open Sessions. Those choosing to take three classes are asked to include a 1st-period class in their selections.
PART-TIME: Some people prefer to have a light schedule and take only one class. Part-time participants register for one class only but may take part in the afternoon Open Sessions if they wish to without further charge.
PRE-FORMED CONSORT: If you are part of a pre-existing consort that wishes to be coached as a group for one session, there is a pre-formed consort class in period 2. We do not offer the option of registering as a pre-formed consort in other periods.
BEGINNING VIOL*As an outreach to the community we provide the Beginning Viola da Gamba class free of charge. For area residents and those living off campus, the VdGSA also waives the Conference Fee for those interested in trying the viol for the first time.
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 3rd-period "Booster Shot" class designed as a power-boost for new players.
*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 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.
For more information contact Tobi Szuts at 617-800-4517 or email Tobi Szuts.
SPECIAL PROJECTS: A subset of the Seasoned Players program, the Special Projects program
is open to professional players and faculty on rotation; other players with A+ scores
(based on the Self-Rating Guide) may also apply. 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. Participants will be chosen by the SP
committee, made up of experienced faculty. For more information email
THE CONSORT COOPERATIVEConsort Cooperative is a program for advanced players who want to hone their consort chops and develop their leading and coaching skills. Much of the intensive week is devoted to self-coached ensembles where all participants will have a chance to lead a group of their peers through a piece of their choosing. Consort Coop members will also participate in a class on playing from historical notation taught by Wendy Gillespie, as well as a special session with other Conclave faculty. Those interested in Consort Coop must register for Conclave and also submit additional materials. Please see the Consort Coop page for a more detailed description and instructions or contact Adaiha MacAdam-Somer with any questions. Registration deadline for this program is May 9. While the official deadline has passed, we will continue to accept applications for possible consideration.
EXHIBITORSExhibitors of instruments, bows, and related materials are invited to exhibit at Conclave. Display space will be available in the Emporium, which also hosts the VdGSA Store and the full service vendor. 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 more display space if requested, but can only guarantee one table in advance. Exhibitors must register on-line. The registration process includes a special category for exhibitors that allows the option of part-week stays. Exhibitors must complete registration, including housing requests, by June 15. For any questions, please contact Tobi Szuts, the Conclave Vendor Coordinator at 617-800-4517 or email@example.com.
ACCOMPANIED MINORSAll participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We are able to accommodate accompanied underage participants who wish to reside on campus; please email Conclave Manager for details.
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.
OPERATION TREBLE VIOLMakers Marc Soubeyran and Francis Beaulieu will join forces to make a treble viol in the Emporium during Conclave: in addition to demystifying the building process, Francis and Marc will then donate the finished instrument to the VdGSA to be raffled away at the Saturday banquet. Aside from the learning experience, this is a rare opportunity to get a world-class instrument for the mere price of a raffle ticket (and without the years it would take to commission an instrument from either maker!) Click here for more details.
|Regular curriculum, full-time (students taking 2 or 3 classes plus any number of Open Sessions)||$450|
|Regular curriculum, part-time (students taking only 1 class plus any number of Open Sessions)||$350|
|SP+1 (Seasoned Players and Special Projects taking 1 class)||$350|
|Consort Cooperative (includes 3rd period CC class)||$300|
|Seasoned Players and Special Projects (taking no classes)||$250|
|Beginning Viol (On-campus residents taking only the 2nd period beginner class)||$250|
|Beginning Viol for off-campus community (Off-campus beginners taking only the 2nd period beginner class.)||No charge|
|Beginning+1 (Any member of Beginning Viol class may add this course)||$100|
|Conference fee for all others not taking classes (includes guests and non-playing attendees)||$250|
|Late registration fee (after May 15)||$25|
|Membership Fee: Attendees who are not members of the VdGSA or a foreign viola da gamba society will need to join the VdGSA. They will receive a one-year first-time membership in the VdGSA at a discounted rate.||$20|
Room and board
|Room Type||Cost for the week||Daily rate
(after 2pm Saturday)
|Singles with semi-private bath||$650||$95||$95|
|Singles with shared bath||$600||$90||$90|
|Doubles with semi-private bath||$450||$65||$65|
|Doubles with shared bath||$400||$60||$60|
|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 ($450) or part-time stipends ($300, 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. Applications must be received by May 9. While the official deadline has passed, we will continue to accept applications for possible consideration. Most recipients should know by May 25 if they will receive a subsidy. These positions fill quickly, so be sure to apply promptly! For more information contact Robert Bolyard at Scholarship Coordinator.
A 5% discount will be offered to Canadian residents. This discount applies to
tuition + room & board only.
|Consort Cooperative applications (deadline passed but applications still bing considered)||May 9|
|Scholarship applications (deadline passed but applications still bing considered)||May 9|
|Late registration fee applies after||May 15|
|Registration closes||June 15|
|Last cancellation date||June 15|
Atlanta is the largest metropolitan area in the southern US, and has a reputation for Hip Hop, sprawl, and summer heat and humidity. However, once inside the I-285 loop, called "The Perimeter" by locals, the city starts to show off its tree canopy and its historic neighborhoods with their old-fashioned shopping districts and restaurants. A modern city yet a mecca of southern culture and history, Atlanta is home to many national and international corporations, a major inland Aquarium, and several major universities, including Emory.
Atlanta is surprisingly hilly for its geographical location, and Emory's small Main Campus does have hills and staircases. We'll spend our time in a roughly four-block area that includes our two residence halls—LEED-certified Evans Hall and apartment-style Sorority Row—dining in the Dobbs University Center, and concerts in Cannon Chapel near the center of campus. The VdGSA Emporium will be in Few Hall, adjacent to Evans Hall. Evans Hall is a traditional bathroom-down-the-hall residence, with kitchens and study rooms on each floor. Sorority Row is a set of townhouses with four bedrooms and two bathrooms on each floor, and housing in these accommodations will be limited. Both residences have elevators. As you plan to register, consider whom you'd like to be housed near and whether you'd like an early-to-bed or night-owl cohort.
Notes on how to get there:
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is one of the busiest in the world, but it's also easy to navigate using the Plane Train and is accessible by MARTA, Atlanta's light rail and bus public transportation system. All trains from the airport go north to Midtown Station, where the #36 bus runs eastbound to Emory University.
For attendees traveling by car, see directions on the University website: emory.edu/home/about/visiting/directions.html. We'll have parking on campus two blocks down the hill from our residence halls.
For attendees traveling by train, the Atlanta Amtrak station is about a 20 minute cab ride from Emory.
Possibilities for Wednesday afternoon
On Wednesday, the schedule is adjusted to give you the late afternoon and evening off to explore the metro area—indoors or out! The southeast is good at air-conditioned indoor options for summer entertainment. If you enjoy museums, try Emory's Carlos Museum on campus, or venture off campus for the High Museum of Art, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History and the Fernbank Science Center. For a tour of US history, visit the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum at the Carter Center or the King Center in the Sweet Auburn district. Just want to have fun? From the King Center, the new streetcar line can shuttle you to the downtown tourism district: Centennial Olympic Park (outdoors) and the nearby World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, which has both belugas and whale sharks! Or instead visit the Center for Puppetry Arts. Foodies will enjoy Your Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur. If outdoor entertainment is more to your liking, pack your water bottle, sunscreen, and bugspray and head over to Emory's Lullwater Park for a short stroll, or go further afield to Stone Mountain Park or Kennessaw Mountain for a serious hike. The Atlanta Zoo in Grant Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Piedmont Park have outdoor and indoor exhibits.
Links to other sources of information:
- Campus: emory.edu.
- Directions: emory.edu/home/about/visiting/directions.html.
- Public Transportation:
- Atlanta: atlanta.net/
|Music Director||Sarah Mead||508-655-2597||Sarah Mead|
|Housing questions||Team SPoon (Chrissy Spencer, Sarah Poon, Dave Poon)||828-789-9089, 604-512-9152||Conclave Managers|
|Scholarships||Robert Bolyard||Scholarship Coordinator|
|Assistance in registering off-line||Kate Shuldiner||847-894-7562||Kate Shuldiner|
|Money matters||Tracy Hoover||316-648-6157||VdGSA Treasurer|
|Exhibits||Tobi Szuts||617-800-4517||Tobi Szuts|
|Consort Cooperative||Adaiha MacAdam-Somer||832-491-8787||Adaiha MacAdam-Somer|
|Auctions||Heather Spence and Anne Duranceau||Auction Coordinators|
|VdGSA President||Marie Dalby Szuts||510-206-2652||Marie Dalby Szuts|
|Campus information||Emory University||http://www.emory.edu|
|Local information||Atlanta, Georgia||http://atlanta.net|
|Web registration issues||Linda Payzant and Peter Payzant||Webmasters|