Spring Break Workshop


March 20-21, 2021 (tentative)
Washington, DC

2020 Program is listed below (cancelled).
March 21-22, 2020
Saturday, March 21
11:00 a.m. Tech Hacks for Bach’s Gamba Sonatas (Tina Chancey)
1:00 p.m. Beyond... Equals Baroque! (France Blaker)
3:00 p.m. World Music Skype (Daphna Mor)
Sunday, March 22
11:00 a.m. Sound Spectacular (Tina Chancey)
1:00 p.m. Beyond... Equals Baroque! Part 2 (Frances Blaker)
3:00 p.m. Turning Notes into Music (Tish Berlin)

To sign up, email info@amherstearlymusic.org with your class preferences, and your Skype ID.

The Three B's: Byrd, Bach, and Beyond
Academic Center, George Washington University, Foggy Bottom Campus, Washington D.C.
Directed by Letitia Berlin
Download the Spring Break Lute Flyer here!
Download the Spring Break Viol Flyere here!
Download the Spring Break Registration Flyer here!


Join us for the third year of our exciting workshop in Washington DC. We'll bring together avid players of recorder, viol, and lute for a weekend of classes for all levels. Recorder ensembles, viol consorts, lute topics, beginning lute, early notation, Brandenburg Extravaganza, and the Lute Ensemble Program directed by Douglas Freundlich. Class list available February 15. Make music with friends both old and new, and rub shoulders with our inspiring and dedicated faculty members. Immerse yourself in a warm and friendly atmosphere conducive to learning, listening, and playing music! Tuition $tba, Work-study tuition $tba, Scholarships available.
Click here to fill out the online class choice form!


2020 Faculty:
Letitia Berlin Workshop Director, recorder
Frances Blaker recorder
Tina Chancey viol
Douglas Freundlich lute
Gail Gillispie lute
Eric Haas recorder
Valerie Horst recorder
Lawrence Lipnik recorder, viol
Jody Miller recorder
Daphna Mor recorder
Christopher Morrongiello lute
Wendy Powers recorder
Brent Wissick viol

Looking for hotel accommodations? We recommend the Hyatt Centric Arlington. Comfortable and convenient, it is only one Metro stop from Foggy Bottom Campus of George Washington University. Workshop Location is GWU Music Department, Phillips Hall 801 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20037.

The lute program will focus on an exploration of the Renaissance folksong Une jeune fillette and its varied settings by such composers as Eustache du Caurroy, William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and J.S. Bach.

Saturday, March 21 Schedule
9:00-10:15 Morning Class
10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45-12:00 Late Morning Class
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-2:45 Early Afternoon Class
3:00-4:15 Late Afternoon Class
4:30 "Barefoot" concert. Faculty perform solos and duos, and a larger "jam" session. Wine and seltzer, cheese and crackers are served.

5:30 Dinner (optional) Lasagna, salad, and brownies and cookies will be catered by Whole Foods on site for those who want to stay. $20, not included in tuition.

Sunday, March 22 Schedule
Morning - same as Saturday
1:30-3:00 All-workshop playing session ~ A Brandenburg Extravaganza!
Directed by Letitia Berlin, Douglas Freundlich and Lawrence Lipnik.

Scholarship Information

To apply for an AEM Scholarship, send a one-page letter to Marilyn Boenau, the Executive Director of AEM, describing your interest in attending the workshop and your financial situation. Email to director@amherstearlymusic.org.

American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for Weekend Workshops as well as Summer Festivals. Any ARS member who needs financial assistance to attend a weekend or week-long workshop may apply for this scholarship. Deadline: March 31. Visit http://www.americanrecorder.org/workshop_scholarships.php for application information.

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