Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

May 26-29, 2017... hold the dates! Details coming soon, information on last year's workshop is listed below...

The Bard

Wisdom House, Litchfield CT

Music in the Time of the Bard

"But Shakespeare's magic could not copied be;
Within that circle none durst walk but he."
-John Dryden
We will pay tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of the incomparable Bard by exploring the extraordinary, varied musical milieu of his time. We will also toast his life with cakes and ale!

Han Tol

The List of Classes is here!

Click here to choose your classes!

Marion Verbruggen, recorder
Robert Eisenstein, viol
Frances Conover Fitch, harpsichord

Wendy Gillespie, viol
Erin Headley, viol
Eric Haas, recorder, flute
Valerie Horst, recorder, early notation
Lawrence Lipnik, viol, recorder, voice

Patricia Petersen, recorder, early notation

Full Tuition $305
$205 Half-day Tuition
$165 Work-study Tuition

Room & Board
Rooms include all meals, room prices are per person
Double room with a hall bath $315
Double room with a private bath $395
Single room with a hall bath $375
Single room with a private bath $450

Registration is now open!

Download the MDW Flyer!

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:

Robert Eisenstein







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!
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!