Memorial Day Weekend Workshop


2018 Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

May 25-28, 2018

Wisdom House, Litchfield CT

2018 Information coming soon! 2017 Information is listed below...

Directed by Valerie Horst, featuring

Eric Haas recorder, flute

Gwyn Roberts recorder, flute

Valerie Horst recorder, early notation

Patricia Petersen recorder, early notation

Lawrence Lipnik  viol, recorder, voice

Frances Conover Fitch  harpsichord

Mary Springfels  viol

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. 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!

Wisdom House has ample classroom space, with good light and comfortable chairs. The kitchen prepares delicious meals and can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice. All classes are under one roof and an elevator helps get luggage and larger instruments from one floor to another.
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!