Notes on Wenzinger Master Classes

Bergen (Jerry) Suydam, a long-time viol devotee and Society member who passed away in September of 2011, attended Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute for more than 20 years. During those years, he audited or participated in numerous master classes presented by August Wenzinger, the famed Swiss viol pedagogue. A nuclear physicist by training, Jerry's scrupulous notes from these master classes provide a snapshot of Wenzinger's thoughts and advice on everything from shifting technique to viol chamber music interpretation. Patricia Gambell, Jerry's wife, passed the originals on to Catharina Meints Caldwell, long-time director of BPI, who has made them available to the VdGSA for download and study.

The notes were analyzed and scanned in by Chris Briden, who placed them in chronological order. Chris Briden's notes can be seen here.

Note that these pdf files are quite large and may take a while to download.

1972 (96 MB)
1973 (9 MB)
1974 (57 MB)
1975 (70 MB)
1976 (41 MB)
1977 (8 MB)
1977b (1 MB)
1978 (27 MB)
1979 (27 MB)
1980 (18 MB)
1983 (5 MB)
1985(13 MB)
1986 (12 MB)
1987 (7 MB)
1987 violin class (24 MB)
1988 (6 MB)
1989 (2 MB)
1990 (18 MB)
1991 (26 MB)
1992 (27 MB)
1993 (16 MB)
1994 (16 MB)
1994b (1 MB)