Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2024 MDW! See you next year!

May 24-27, 2024

Wisdom House
229 East Litchfield Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759-3002
United States

Directed by


Valerie Recorder
Rainer Recorder
Deborah Recorder & Flute
Eric Recorder & Flute
Lawrence Viol & Recorder
Patricia Recorder & Early Notation
Gwyn Recorder & Flute


Work Study Tuition:

14th Century Bird

Get a head start on your 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. Classes include mixed ensembles, special Medieval and Renaissance topics, early notation ensemble, and all-group playing of grand Renaissance works, for small and large instruments. 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.



A Viol Scholarship is available to help cover tuition. Please email Click here to show mail address to inquire.


2024 COVID-19 Policy: Testing is required (rapid test) on the day before, and the day of arrival. Masking is optional.

Workshop Schedule

Fri May 24  
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Early Check- In
Dinner Evening events tba
Sat & Sun  May 25 & 26  
8:30 a.m. Late Check-In (Saturday only)
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Early Morning Class
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Late Morning Class
Lunch break  
2:00 - 3:30  Early Afternoon class
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Late Afternoon
Dinner Evening events tba
Mon May 27  
9:00 -10:30 a.m. Early Morning Class
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Late Morning Class
Lunch, and fond farewells  
Attendee Address
Attendee Information
Full Time Tuition $360
Half Day Tuition $240
Work Study Tuition $195
Room & Board
Double room with a hall bath $435
Single room with a hall bath $475
Double room with a private bath $525 - WAIT LIST ONLY
Single room with a private bath $600 - WAIT LIST ONLY
Commuter $146 (includes facilites fee, Sat & Sun lunches)
Do you have a roommate, or would you like us to match you with one?

Cancellation policy

Tuition is fully refundable.
Room and Board fully refundable if cancelled before May 6.