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The Viola de Gamba Society of Greater New York presents

Sunday, November 1, 2015 1 to 3:30 p.m.

The Treat Is Only Sound
A mini-workshop with John Mark Rozendaal

At the home of Jillian Samant, 26 E. 22nd St. # 9, Manhattan

One of the greatest beauties of the viola da gamba is the range of sounds, colors, dynamics, and articulations that it can produce. In this workshop we practice techniques for enlarging our vocabulary of timbres and sound shapes: breath, imagination, balance of weight, balance of tension, movement, left-hand attitude, and bowing techniques. And we practice deploying those sounds expressively in fantasies of Coprario and madrigals of Gibbons.

This workshop is designed for players who can play simple consort repertoire—“intermediate” and above. Players of all levels are invited to participate in warm-ups and exercises.

John Mark Rozendaal specializes in teaching and performing stringed instrument music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. He performs as a member of LeStrange Viols, Brandywine Baroque, and Trio Settecento. In addition, he has performed both solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, the King's Noyse, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, and Soli Deo Gloria's Chicago Bach Project. Recordings are available on the Cedille and Centaur labels. A dedicated teacher, Rozendaal is in demand at workshops and often joins the faculty of the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the Madison Early Music Festival. He teaches Viola da Gamba Dojo classes and private lessons at his studio in Manhattan.

Tuition: $45 for players, $20 for auditors. Scholarships are available; contact VdGSTreas@verizon.net. All attendees must be current members of the Viola da Gamba Society of Greater New York. Dues are $20 for individuals, $30 for families, and $15 for students; our current membership year started on Sept. 1, 2015.

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There are two ways to register for the workshop, either by mail, downloading the registration form from the link below, or by using the online registration form at the bottom of this page.

To register by mail:

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Download the registration form from the link above, fill it out, and mail it to VdGS/GNY, 99 Bank St. # 2R, New York, NY 10014. Enclose a check for tuition and (if not already paid) membership dues, made out to VdGS/GNY. Registrations must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 28. PDFs of the parts will be sent in advance. Please bring a music stand. Pitch = 415. Questions? Contact Norma Cote at VdgsTreas@verizon.net.

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