Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

Affairs of the State, Affairs of the Heart: Music of Love & Politics

May 26-29, 2017

Wisdom House, Litchfield CT

Directed by Valerie Horst, featuring
Marion Verbruggen recorder

Frances Conover Fitch harpsichord
Eric Haas flute, recorder
Gwyn Roberts flute, recorder
Valerie Horst recorder, early notation
Lawrence Lipnik viol, recorder, voice
Patricia Petersen recorder, early notation
Mary Springfels viol
Marion Verbruggen recorder
Download the MDW flyer here!

Get the jump on summer with a weekend of small and larger chamber music in an idyllic retreat center in rural Connecticut. The Amherst Early Music Weekend Workshops are smaller, more relaxed versions of the summer festival. Take classes in a variety of subjects for most of the day -- repertory, notation, technique, and ensembles. This year's topics will include Baroque ensembles, and recorder master class. In the evenings enjoy all-workshop group sessions, English country dancing, a gala Sunday evening faculty concert and party, and more. The von Huene Workshop is in residence with music and instruments for sale. Stop by even if you are not attending the workshop!

Register now!
Full TuitionMarion Verbruggen $315
Half-day Tuition $205
Work-study Tuition $185

Room & Board
Rooms include all meals, room prices are per person
Double room with a hall bath $325
Double room with a private bath $395
Single room with a hall bath $385
Single room with a private bath $460

Take the train or bus to Waterbury, CT, and call Patriot Taxi to schedule taxi service to Wisdom House.
Patriot Taxi: 860-264-1218. Mention that you are with Amherst Early Music. Cost is $35 per trip. Call before May 20th to reserve your place.
If you are driving, the address of Wisdom House is 229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Directions are on the Wisdom House website:


The Memorial Day Workshop is made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

Scholarship Information

American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for Weekend Workshops as well as Summer Festivals. You do not to be an ARS member to apply.  Deadline is 2 months before funding is needed, or April 15 for Summer Festivals. Visit for application information.

Viola da Gamba Society of America offers Grants-in-Aid to its members to attend Workshops and

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America has established the Funaro Fund Award to support its members to offset the cost of travelling to an early keyboard event.  Download the information on how to apply here!