Teachers and Schools Offering Viola da Gamba Study in the
Greater New York City Area
Motomi Igarashi, a native of Japan, has played the double bass since she was 12. She received first prize at the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass competition, has given double bass solo recitals and appears as a concert soloist with orchestras in the USA, England and Japan. Motomi studied double bass with Eugene Levinson at the Juilliard School. After graduating from the Juilliard School, she went to France to study viola da gamba. She traveled throughout Europe and spent several years in intensive study with Marianne Muller, Wieland Kuijken, and Paolo Pandolfo and lirone with Erin Headley. Since returning from Paris she has been playing the viola da gamba, violone, the baroque double bass and lirone with various groups such as The American Classical Orchestra, Anima, Artek, Bach Collegium Japan, BEMF, the Concert Royal, Foundling Orchestra, Handel and Haydn Society, Long Island Baroque, and has appeared as a soloist, performing the Brandenburg No. 6 with the New York Philharmonic. Motomi does more than early music, and is featured on the Nathalie Merchant album "Leave your Sleep" and she plays with Jazz pianist Kevin Hays.
Contact: 917-533-2920, LLipnik@gmail.com
Technique, consort and solo repertoire.
All ages and experience levels including beginners.
Specialize in late medieval through early baroque styles.
Studio in Western Queens, minutes from Manhattan. Will travel within metropolitan and surrounding areas. Small ensembles may be arranged including viol and mixed consorts, and trio sonatas with recorders.
Contact: email@example.com; or call (212) 569-1499.
Martha McGaughey has been teaching viola da gamba for 35 years. She taught at the École Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), and at Stanford University. Since 1986 she has been on the faculty at The Mannes College of Music. She has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, and teaches regularly at Amherst Early Music and other summer workshops. Ms. McGaughey teaches viol privately in New York at her apartment in Upper Manhattan, or at Mannes College. She teaches consorts and Baroque ensembles every semester at Mannes. Her goal as a teacher is to help people play better.
Ms. McGaughey studied in Basel with Jordi Savall and in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken. She was for many years a member of the Paris-based Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances of both early and contemporary music. A founding member of Musical Assembly, whose recording of the chamber music of François Couperin received critical acclaim, Ms. McGaughey is also a founding member of Empire Viols, in residence at New York's Second Presbyterian Church since 1997, and of Aula Harmoniae. She has performed with many of the New York Baroque groups, and collaborated with the British viol consort Phantasm in several concerts and a CD of the consort music of William Byrd. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI. For names of current and former students who could provide references, contact Ms. McGaughey directly.
Patricia Ann Neely
Contact: 917 657-7907, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Ann Neely (viola da gamba, violone, vielle, baroque bass) is a member of Abendmusik, New York’s Early String Band. She has appeared with many early music ensembles including, the Folger Consort, Smithsonian Chamber Players, the New York Collegium, the Washington Bach Consort, Amor Artis, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The New York Consort of Viols, and Early Music New York, among others, and was a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia. She spent three years touring with the acclaimed European-based medieval ensemble Sequentia on the medieval fiddle, performing throughout Europe and North America at festivals including, Oude Muziek - Utrecht, Bach Tage – Berlin, Alte Musik – Herne, Wratislavia Cantans - Poland, Music Before 1800, and The Vancouver Early Music Festival. Ms. Neely began playing the viol at Vassar College and continued her studies, earning an MFA in Historical Performance at Sarah Lawrence College, with additional studies in Belgium with Wieland Kuijken. She has recorded for Arabesque, Allegro, Musical Heritage, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Ex Cathedra, Classic Masters, Erato, Lyrichord, and Music Masters labels. Ms. Neely has been a member of the faculty at the Amherst Early Music Summer Festival, the Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclaves, Wagner College, and Vassar College, and is currently on the faculty of The Brearley School where she teaches recorder, double bass and coaches an early string repertoire ensemble. Ms. Neely is also the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Music Society and Festival.
Contact: 917-501-7779; email@example.com
I have a downtown Brooklyn-based studio providing individual and group lessons on viola da gamba and medieval vielle. I teach children and adults at all levels, including total beginners, in technique, solo and ensemble music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. I am willing to travel throughout the Tri-State area to teach you or coach your ensemble in your home.
Contact: 212-228-5820; firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.tearesofthemuses.com
Expert teaching of technique and solo repertory. Progressive exercises—both tantalizing and musically attractive—from own tried-and-true text, Bass Viol Technique. Emphasis upon student-teacher duet playing. All ages and levels. Happy to form consorts comprised of compatible players. Studio in Greenwich Village, near New York University, easily reached by all major subway lines.
John Mark Rozendaal
Contact: (914)806-7407; email@example.com
Private instruction for all levels and all ages (my class includes 4-year-olds), as well as consort coaching and group lessons. Private lesson students are encouraged to participate in The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York.
Lisa Terry Contact: 718-219-6166 (cell); 718-457-7892 (home); firstname.lastname@example.org.
I teach privately at my home or at the home of students. I teach high school to adult, and all levels: beginner to professional. I especially love to analyze and solve specific technical problems or physical difficulties, in order to make playing music feel good and sound good. Areas of expertise: lyra viol, baroque solo repertoire, chamber and consort repertoire, ensemble coaching (with insights on how to work well as a consort musican). I am a full time member of Parthenia, and also perform with the Dryden Ensemble, the Lyra Consort and Pegasus Early Music. I am principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia's Baroque Orchestra, and I am Vice President of the VdGSA.
The Viola da Gamba Dojo of New York Weekly Meetings
Instructor: John Mark Rozendaal
Contact: email@example.com; (914) 806-7407
The New York Viola da Gamba Dojo meets weekly on Saturdays, 10:30am - 12:15 pm at the home of Martha Bixler on Manhattan's upper west side. A fee of $20 per session is charged. Class Description. Each week we begin the class with some technique exercises - some stretches, tonalizations, rhythms, trills, scales, whatever seems valuable for the moment. We then rehearse basic repertoire - beautiful, simple songs and dance tunes. This simple (not easy!) material gives us a chance to really refine our sound and hone our skills of playing expressively and with good ensemble. We end the class with exploring more ambitious repertoire. Sometimes we hear performances of "works in progress," solos or ensemble pieces that class members are studying in lessons or preparing for performance.The class works best when attendees can come very regularly, but visitors are welcome to participate. If you are interested in participating, please send John Mark Rozendaal an e-mail.
The Juilliard School
Instructor: Sarah Cunningham
Ms. Cunningham, who co-founded the ensemble Sonnerie with Monica Huggett, artistic director of Historical Performance, has toured around the world with numerous ensembles, including Sonnerie, Fretwork, Phantasm, Sequentia, Camerata Kilkenny, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has performed as a soloist under such conductors as Simon Rattle, John Elliott Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, and Ton Koopman, and has recorded extensively on ASV, Virgin/EMI, Harmonia Mundi, and Warner. A former faculty member at Hochschule fuer Kuenst in Germany, the Guildhall School in London, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Ms. Cunningham has presented workshops and master classes in such locations as Sweden, Canada, London, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. In addition, she is the founder and first artistic director of the East Cork Early Music Festival in Ireland and is a founding member of Les Filles de Sainte Colombe.
Neighborhood Music School in New Haven
Instructor: Grace Feldman
Contact: 203-624-5189 (Grace Feldman, ext. 56) Description: Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, offers individual viola da gamba lessons and consorts (both viol consorts and mixed consort groups). It has a large Early Music Department directed by Grace Feldman. Instruction is offered to both youngsters and adults. This is a community music school and therefore lessons are available at beginning up to advanced levels. The school is open to anyone who wants to learn the instrument. Viol consorts are also available at a variety of levels. http://www.nmsmusicschool.org/