Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

May 22-25, 2015

Wisdom House

Wisdom House, Litchfield CT

Directed by Valerie Horst, and featuring Han Tol

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Fill out your class choices, and self-evaluation form online here!

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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!

Our workshop theme, Benediction and Bacchanalia, will be one of contrasts! Masses and masques, liturgical and theatrical music, sacred and springtime-profane! To honor the 400th anniversary of the publication of Giovanni Gabrieli's Symphonia Sacrae the entire workshop will play and sing one of his splendid motets, conducted by Larry Lipnik, then throw him a belated publishing party!

CLASSES Recorders: Recorder & Continuo master class with Han Tol and Vivian Montgomery, Recorder and mixed Consorts at levels intermediate to advanced, Renaissance-recorders consort, Special topic classes centering on Renaissance theatrical chansons, Baroque topic class with Han Tol, Early notation, sacred and profane. Viols: A full program of viol consorts, mixed ensembles, technique, master class (and even viol early notation for the brave!) Harpsichord Master classes, continuo coaching, and Baroque ensembles. Also: Medieval ensemble Flute consort And other things tba!

Han Tol

Robert Eisenstein, viol
Wendy Gillespie, viol
Eric Haas, recorder
Valerie Horst, recorder, early notation
Larry Lipnik, viol, recorder, voice
Patricia Petersen, recorder, early notation
Vivian Montgomery, harpsichord
Han Tol, recorder
Tom Zajac, recorder, sackbut

Full Tuition $295
Half-day Tuition $195
Work-study Tuition $155


Room & Board
prices include all meals and are per person
Single room with a private bath $410 (very limited availability)
Single room with a hall bath $365
Double room with a private bath $395
Double room with a hall bath $305
Commuter fee of $120 covers all lunches
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:

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!

aerial view of Wisdom House:

wisdom house