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VdGS/GNY Past Events

Sunday January 12, 2014 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Viva Espagna!
A Mini-Workhop with Tina Chancey

At the Home of Martha Bixler
670 West End Avenue, #9B, NYC


Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2:00-4:00 PM

The Annual Pre-Holiday Matinée
A performance opportunity for members of the Greater New York chapter of the VdGS
At the home of Jillian Samant
26 E. 22nd St. #9, NYC





Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
At the home of Martha Bixler
670 West End Avenue, Apt 9B, (corner of 91st Street)

Richard Boothby is a founder-member of Fretwork, and has played with them for nearly 30 years. He has sought to enrich the viol -consort repertory with new music from today’s finest composers, from Elvis Costello to George Benjamin, from Alexander Goehr to Nico Muhly.He has recently formed a new group, called ‘Aporia’, together with Stephen Preston and Jane Chapman, to explore radical experimental contemporary music, alongside the music of the baroque. With the Purcell Quartet he recorded nearly 50 albums for Hyperion and Chandos; and with Fretwork he recorded over 30 albums for Virgin Classics, Harmonia Mundi USA and others. He has arranged and transcribed many of the great keyboard pieces of J. S. Bach for viols, recorded under the title ‘Alio Modo’; and his arrangement of the Goldberg Variations has also recently appeared. He was widely praised for his performances of William Lawes’s lyra viol solos on the two Fretwork discs devoted to his music. In 1998 he directed performances of Monteverdi's “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” withthe Purcell Quartet; and in 2001 directed them in a fully-staged production of “L’Orfeo”, with Mark Padmore in the title role. He is professor of Viola da Gamba at the Royal College in London.

Four players or ensembles will each have a chance to play for 40 minutes.


Saturday, September 21, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), Manhattan


Friday, May 10, 2013, 7:30-9:30 PM
Annual Spring Soirée

Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street at Grove Street, NYC (1 train to Christopher St./ABCDEFM trains to West 4th)

A performance opportunity for members of the Greater New York chapter of the VdGSA. The Choir Room at the this free event, in which members play for members, provides a chance for our chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society to come together, to meet new friends, and for us to play for one another in a comfortable and judgment-free environment. You might come to overcome stage fright, you might come to try out a piece you’ve been working on, or you might come to play, just for the fun of it. You may choose to perform, or to be a member of the audience. All ages and levels are encouraged. Solos, duos, consorts and mixed ensembles (with at least one player a chapter member) are welcome. After the concert, please stay for refreshments, to chat with your fellow chapter members, and—if time permits—to read consort music we’ll have on-hand. Performers need to arrive at 7:00 PM in order to unpack and tune. Please bring a stand! Audience members should plan to arrive by 7:30 PM. Register early to ensure you have a place. Performers need a friendly audience, so come, even if not to play! 

April 13, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
A German Bouquet,
A VdGS/GNY All-Day Workshop
Directed by Gail Ann Schroeder with Martha McGaughey, Alice Robbins, and John Mark Rozendaal.
Note: Because of high registration for this workshop, we added Margaret Panofsky and Roland Hutchinson to our faculty
Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), NYC

“Seventeenth-century Germany was a time of cultural exchange and cosmopolitan influence,” says Gail Ann Schroeder, whom we are welcoming from North Carolina to direct our all-day spring workshop. “France was looked to for courtly manners and style, Italy for music and art. It was also a time of transition, from Renaissance to Baroque.” We will focus on the luscious repertoire composed for viols in 17th-century Germany. This will include works from the English viol players who lived there, Brade and Simpson; late Renaissance composers such as Praetorius; early Baroque composers Franck, Schütz, Schein and Scheidt; and the Baroque Sonatas à 5 of Johann Rosenmüller.

Gail Ann Schroeder has taught regularly at VdGSA and Amherst Early Music workshops in the six years since her return from living in Europe. There, she taught as assistant to Wieland Kuijken from 1988 to 2002, and performed and recorded with numerous early music ensembles. Gail currently lives in Asheville and teaches extensively in the southeast, including Mountain Collegium and Music on the Mountain workshops. She participated as faculty and performer in the 2012 endowed-chair French Baroque Project at the University of Alabama, and has recently expanded her teaching to include the Alexander Technique.

Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall as well as with Wieland Kuijken. She is a founding member of the New York-based groups Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniae. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI. She has taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angouleme, at Stanford University, and since 1986 at The Mannes College of Music. Martha teaches privately in NYC as well as at Amherst Early Music and other workshops, including last summer’s Conclave.

Alice Robbins is a member of the Oberlin Consort of Viols, as well as Arcadia Players and Washington Bach Consort. She performs with the Folger Consort, Handel and Haydn Society, and Opera Lafayette, and has earned degrees from Indiana University and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she was a student of Hannelore Mueller. She teaches at the Five College Early Music Program at Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges, and has recorded extensively. We welcome Alice back to NYC!

John Mark Rozendaal directs The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York, a program teaching viol to young children and amateur viol players of all ages. He has performed both solo and continuo roles with many period instrument ensembles, including the Newberry Consort, Orpheus Band, the King’s Noyse, and the Catacoustic Consort. John Mark currently performs in Trio Settecento and the Repast Baroque Ensemble. His recordings include a solo CD of works of Christopher Simpson and others.

March 3, 2013, 2:30 – 5:00 pm
Semper Dowland
A VdGS/GNY Mini-Workshop

Home of Jillian Samant

Donna Fournier lead a workshop on chamber music of John Dowland. Enrollment was limited to ten (10) viol players, (two trebles, two to four tenors, and four to six basses), intermediate to advanced levels, plus auditors.
Donna Fournier plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with La Bernardinia (Philadelphia), Triomphe de l'Amour (Princeton) and Mélomanie (Wilmington) and as a guest artist with such groups as Brandywine Baroque, and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In a recent review by the Philadelphia Inquirer, her solo work was acclaimed as "poised, soulful ... played with particular depth." Donna is affiliate faculty at Temple University coaching viol players from the Early Music Ensemble. She has a number of recordings to her credit; currently in progress are the Biblical Cantatas of Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre for Plectra Records.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 7 to 9:30 pm
Fuoco e Ghiaccio: Late Expressive Madrigals from Italy: A Mini-Workshop for Advanced Players
Led by David Morris

Home of Jane Furth, 224 West 18th Street, Apt. 7A, NYC

Fuoco e Ghiaccio = Fire and Ice! By 1580 composers began to push the stylistic boundaries of the “classic” Italian madrigal in extreme ways. Claudio Monteverdi, Sigismondo d'India and Carlo Gesualdo all used chromaticism and sharp, declamatory rhythms to heighten textual expressivity--and in doing so, pushed art music into uncharted musical waters. We will look at a sampling of each composer's works for five voices (in editions adapted for viol-players) and see just how extreme the music of this era can be! Both players and auditors are welcome. Known to many as a popular workshop teacher, David Morris has previously led us in memorable evenings of French baroque theater music and Monteverdi madrigals. David is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quick-silver, the Sex Chordae Consort of Viols, and NYS Baroque. As a gambist, cellist and lironist, he has performed with Musica Pacifica, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and many other groups. He has been a guest instructor in early music performance practice at UC Berkeley, Oberlin, and elsewhere, and has recorded extensively. Fees for participation are $35 for players, $15 for auditors. Scholarships are available. Participants must be current members of VdGS/GNY; our membership year began this September.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012, 10 am to 12:30 pm
A Sephardic Sampler: Music of the Spanish Jews from Medieval Times to the Present

Led by Lisle Kulbach
Home of Stanley Dorn
121 West 131St Street, Apt. #1(down steps to the right of the stoop), between Lenox & Seventh Avenues near #2 & #3 subway stops at 125th and 135th Sts.

We welcome back Lisle Kulbach, a multi-talented performer and teacher of many musical genres and of many instruments besides the viol. Lisle is co-founder of Voice of the Turtle, a group that has specialized in researching and performing Sephardic music for several decades. Under her guidance we will learn beautiful melodies, new scales, and improvising in the Mid-Eastern tradition (similar to the medieval). And, we’ll jam a little! Singers are welcome. Fees for participation are $35 for players, $15 for auditors. Participants must be current members of VdGS/GNY; our membership year began this September.