Amherst Early Music 2019 offers an exciting range of new viola da gamba programming for all levels of musician. Whether you’re brand new to the instrument, looking for opportunities to play your favorite consort repertoire, or seeking to fine tune your sense of style as a soloist and gain experience on stage, the Amherst Early Music Festival offers engaging classes and world-class faculty.
Week One July 14-21, 2019
Week One features numerous opportunities for players of all levels. World renowned virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo will offer daily masterclasses and ensemble coaching, as well as a special technique class. The Central Program offers coached viol consorts and many opportunities to play Medieval and Renaissance music with fellow students and an exciting array of faculty. Students can audition for the Viol Intensive Project with Sarah Cunningham and Paolo Pandolfo, as part of the Baroque Academy. This year's Viol Intensive will offer a week of diving deep into solo and ensemble viol music. In keeping with the Festival's Italian theme, viol players will have the opportunity focus on improvisation as well as on the viola bastarda repertoire and improvisation-based diminutions and Recercatas. The Corelli Opus V transcriptions for viol, Handel cantata and oratorio obligato parts, consort and Baroque ensemble playing are also on the menu. Enrollment is limited and by audition, due date for auditions is April 1, 2019.
Week Two July 21-28, 2019
The Viol Excelsior program for intermediate to advanced viol players, combines a focus on playing consort music with an emphasis on improving musicianship and technical skill on the viol. Viol Excelsior—“ever upward”—challenges you to spend the week playing great music while honing your consort ensemble skills, solidifying technique, and refining your musicianship. This year we will focus on the Italian origins and further development of consort music.