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Viola da Gamba Society - Southern Arizona

This chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA) is based in sunny Tucson, Arizona.

It was incorporated as a non-profit and tax-exempt [Section 501(c)(3)] organization in October 2001.

It pursues the same goal as its parent organization, i.e., the enjoyment of playing the viola da gamba, a musical instrument of the Renaissance and Baroque period.

To facilitate this goal, the VdGS - Southern Arizona will hold occasional meetings, encourage new players, and will organize an annual workshop.


Viol Sphere 2 - Viols in a Desert Oasis

October 19 - October 23, 2017

Biosphere 2 Conference Center in Oracle, Arizona

Faculty

Alison Crum, Artistic Director
with
Julie Elhard, Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks, and Zoe Weiss

See the Workshop page on this web site for more details.

About

If you have looked for this page you probably know what a viol looks like. The chief characteristics of the viol family are that all are held on or between the knees, that the neck is fretted, that the bow is usually held under-handed so that the strong stroke is the pushing stroke, and not the pulling stroke as in the violin; and, most important, that there are normally six strings and that these are tuned in fourths with a third in the middle, like those of the lute.

The following comments on the difference between the sound of the violin family and that of the viols are quoted from the book:

"The World of Baroque and Classical Musical Instruments" by Jeremy Montagu:

"On the violin there is a marked tonal difference between the sound of a fingered note, when the vibrating length of the string is terminated by the soft flesh of the finger, and the sound of the open strings, when the length of the string is terminated by the hard edge of the nut, the bar at the top of the fingerboard. On the viols, because the string is stopped just behind a fret, the fret acts as another nut so that even with gut frets, which are softer than a wooden nut, there is less difference of tone between stopped and open strings; this homogeneity of tone quality is the most important function of the frets. As a result, there is more ringing resonance in the sound of the viol than in the violin, and this is increased by sympathetic resonance from the other strings, for the lighter construction of the body and the lower tension of the strings, as well as the greater number of strings available to add their resonance, increases the probability of resonance in sympathy with any note played. Violin strings are tuned a fifth apart and there was therefore a considerable difference between their thicknesses in order to obtain so great a difference of pitch with approximately the same tension; the strings of the viols, on the other hand, being tuned only a fourth or third apart, show much less difference in this respect and this again increases their blend of sonority.

In sum, the viol was a restrained instrument used mostly for polyphonic music, capable of intense emotion but always held-in within its compass; the violin, on the other hand, was brash and extrovert, gay or moody, used for entertainment music of all sorts. Neither was of itself inferior or superior to the other, but the course of music from the early seventeenth century onwards, and the desired sonority, went the way of the violin not that of the viol, so that from the latter part of the seventeenth century viols were less and less used in consort and little new music was written for such groups."

Not to worry, though, there are several thousand compositions for viol consorts of different sizes and there are recently written works for viols that are rather lovely and enchanting.

As for the popularity of the viol: The VdGSA has now in excess of 1000 members and continues to grow. Playing the viol can become a lifelong addiction - Watch out!

Calendar

Viol Sphere 2 - Viols in a Desert Oasis

October 19 - October 23, 2017

Biosphere 2 Conference Center in Oracle, Arizona

Faculty

Alison Crum, Artistic Director
with
Julie Elhard, Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks, and Zoe Weiss

Workshop

Viol Sphere 2 - Viols in a Desert Oasis

October 19 - October 23, 2017

Biosphere 2 Conference Center in Oracle, Arizona

Faculty

Alison Crum, Artistic Director
with
Julie Elhard, Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks, and Zoe Weiss

Program

We are pleased to invite you to our 19th viol workshop in Southern Arizona. An outstanding faculty has agreed to provide instruction and coaching in a comfortable resort setting.

Viol Sphere 2 celebrates several notable anniversaries including the 450th birthday of Monteverdi (b. 1567), the 425th birthday of John Jenkins (b.1592), and the 500th anniversary of the death of Heinrich Isaac (d. 1517). Monteverdi’s Selva Morale along with contrasting motets, mass movements and madrigals will be explored during group sessions led by Larry Lipnik. Classes will consider the works of John Jenkins, Heinrich Isaac and their respective contemporaries. Workshop music director Alison Crum will provide a lecture demonstration based upon Josquin’s Mille Regretz and all the many pieces connected with it.

There will be no shortage of beautiful music for viols. We will tune at a’ = 415 Hz.

Early morning classes will concentrate on warm-up and technique. Later classes will explore consort music for viols from England and the European continent, while the evening sessions will feature relaxed consort playing with faculty joining in.

Faculty Bios

Alison Crum is one of the best known British exponents of the viol. As teacher, performer, and moving-spirit behind several well-known groups, she travels all over the world giving recitals and lectures, and teaching on summer schools and workshops. She got her first viol while studying music at Reading University, and went on to study it in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken and, later, with Jordi Savall in Basle. She has made around ninety recordings - mostly with the Consort of Musicke, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London, and the Rose Consort of Viols - but also featuring as a soloist on two discs of Marais, and more recently with Laurence Cummings, on a recording of the three Bach gamba sonatas, and playing Italian Virtuoso divisions on renaissance viols with Musica Antiqua on their 'Word Play' CD.

She is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, and is Professor of Viol at Trinity College of Music in London. She directs many courses for viol players, including the International Viol Summer School, attracting players from all over the world, and has had published a series of graded music books centred around her highly acclaimed textbook 'Play the Viol' - now in its fifth reprint. Her second book, 'The Viol Rules' was published in November 2009.

Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including the St. Matthew Passion by Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Ms Elhard was recently awarded a 2011 Artist’s Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received a Jerome Foundation grant to study vielle and early string playing with Margriet Tindemans and received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. She has taught at workshops in North America and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s national Conclaves. Ms. Elhard currently teaches viola da gamba at Macalester College, and also at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music where she has developed a Suzuki-style approach for children to learn the viola da gamba.

Although Roy Marks played the piano since childhood and the guitar since adolescence, it was as an artist that he always considered his vocation to be. Roy studied at the Royal Academy in London and for many years taught painting and drawing in adult education. In his late thirties however, upon hearing someone playing Telemann, he put down his brushes and has since devoted himself almost entirely to Early Music, studying first the recorder, then the viol and, latterly, the lute. As well as teaching and performing, Roy also composes music for period instruments, some of which has been performed and recorded. He is editor and publisher for Marks Music. He can be heard on many of the recordings with the Rose Consort of Viols and Musica Antiqua of London.

Lawrence Lipnik has performed with many acclaimed early music ensembles from Anonymous 4 and ARTEK to the Waverly Consort. He is a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and vocal ensemble Lionheart,.who's new CD "Laude: Joy and Mystery" was a top ten iTunes release this spring. This past season he was gamba and recorder soloist in Telemann's Orpheus with the New York City Opera, and conductor of the collegium at Amherst Early Music's Summer Festival. In addition to performing, he currently serves on the board of VdGS/NY and is co-director of the New York Recorder Guild, enjoys a busy teaching schedule which has included national and international festivals from the Benslow Music Trust in the UK, Port Townsend, and the San Diego Early Music Festival to Pinewoods and Amherst Early Music, instructor of viol, recorder and early music performance at Wesleyan University, and is music editor for an upcoming authoritative edition of the original songs from the plays of William Shakespeare and is a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Contemporary Dramatists. He has recorded for numerous labels including EMI, Angel, Nimbus, Virgin, Sony, Koch International and Cantaloupe Music.

Zoe Weiss leads a diverse and busy life as a performer, teacher, and scholar. Currently a graduate student in musicology at Cornell University, she is an active performer on both viola da gamba and Baroque cello. Zoe has taught beginning viol classes at Oberlin Conservatory, Harvard University, and Cornell as well as several workshops for the VdGS-NE. She has performed with the Oberlin Consort of Viols and the Smithsonian Consort of Viols, and is a founding member of LeStrange Viols, whose CD of William Cranford’s consort music was picked by Alex Ross as a notable recording of 2015.

Accommodations

The VdGS-Southern Arizona Chapter is thrilled to introduce a new site for this year's workshop at the University of Arizona Biosphere 2 Conference Center located about 30 miles north of central Tucson near Oracle, Arizona in a location with lush desert and beautiful mountain views.

Facilities and Features:

  • The Conference Center provides spacious casitas containing 3-5 bedrooms each.
  • All casitas have ample living room space perfect for our viol consort needs.
  • Most bedrooms have their own bathroom, but a few bathrooms are shared between two bedrooms.
  • Most bedrooms have two double beds with upgraded furnishings.
  • Some bedrooms have two twin beds reminisent of viol workshops with housing in college dorms.
  • About 1/3 of the casitas have two of the bedrooms upstairs. The Registration Form will allow the preference for no stairs to be indicated.
  • Internet access is provided free of charge via WiFi network.
  • Cell phone coverage is limited due to the remote location.
  • Land line phones are available in the casitas and in the lobby for local phone calls.
  • The casitas include shaded porches and outdoor spaces perfect for relaxing and socializing.
  • The lobby, casitas, Sahara meeting room, and the Thar casita, where meals will be served, are all conveniently accessible from wide level paved walkways.
  • All meals will be provided and served from the Thar Casita, with consideration for healthy choices, and vegetarian options.
  • Casitas contain full kitchens with refrigerators, however do not include pots, pans, plates, or utensils. Due to the absence of kitchen furnishings and the remote location of the site, participants are encouraged to partake in the onsite meal program.

University of Arizona Biosphere 2 web site: biosphere2.org

Registration fees for the workshop are all inclusive, providing: tuition for 10 consort classes, two group sessions, a Voice and Viol session, an informative lecture, and a Faculty Concert; room (single or double occupancy); and all meals.

Viol and Bow doctor: Linda Shortridge will be on site to make adjustments and minor repairs to viols and bows. If you are interested in having mechanical PEGHEDS™ installed, please let Linda know in advance so that she can order the proper size for your instrument.

Linda Shortridge: lindashortridge@aol.com

Travel

Biosphere 2 is located north of Tucson at:

32540 South Biosphere Road
Oracle, AZ 85739

By car from Central Tucson:

  • From central Tucson, go north to River Road and turn left (heading west)
  • Continue on River Road and turn right on Oracle Road/AZ Highway 77
  • Drive north approximately 24 miles on Oracle Road/AZ Highway 77
  • Turn right on to Biosphere 2 Road at Mile Post 96.5

Map: Central Tucson -> Biosphere 2

By car from Tucson International Airport:

  • Head southeast on S. Airport Drive
  • Take slight left at E. Airport Drive and continue onto S. Tucson Blvd. approximately 2.7 miles (make a slight left to stay on S. Tucson Blvd.)
  • Continue onto I-10 BUS W approximately 1.8 miles and make slight right at S. Park Avenue
  • Merge onto I-10 W via the ramp to Phoenix and drive 6.5 miles to Exit 255 towards AZ-77 N/Miracle Mile
  • Merge onto N. Casa Grande Hwy. then turn right at W. Miracle Mile and drive 1.4 miles
  • Turn left at Oracle Road and drive north approximately 26.9 miles on Oracle Road/AZ Highway 77
  • Turn right on to Biosphere 2 Road at Mile Post 96.5

Map: Tucson International Airport -> Biosphere 2

If you would like to be independent, it might be worthwhile to rent a car for the long weekend.

Local Hospital

Oro Valley Hospital is located north of Tucson at:

1551 East Tangerine Road
Tucson, AZ 85755

Map: Biosphere 2 -> Oro Valley Hospital

Schedule

Registration for the workshop will start on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity for uncoached consort playing between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. Dinner can be taken between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. The evening session for all participants starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Sahara Room.

Classes on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday start at 8:30 a.m. and will be held in five of the casitas. There will be three morning classes, ending at 1:00 p.m. to leave the afternoon free for practicing, not-yet scheduled events, sight-seeing and other activities.

Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on site.

There also will be consort sessions with faculty participation (not coaching) on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Lists for signing up for these sessions will be placed in the Thar Casita.

A demonstration concert by the faculty is planned for Sunday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Sahara Room.

Please re-visit this web-site for the announcement of other activities as information about them becomes available.

Detailed Workshop Schedule

VdGS-SAZ_Schedule_2017.pdf

Thursday, October 19, 2017

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Registration (located in Casita 400)

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Hospitality Hour (located in Casita 400)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (located in the Thar Casita)

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Group playing & singing with faculty (Sahara Room)

9:00 - ...... p.m. uncoached consort playing

Friday, October 20, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (located in the Thar Casita)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Class 1

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Class 2

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Break with refreshments (located in the Thar Casita)

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Class 3

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch (located in the Thar Casita)

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. time for relaxing, practicing, private lessons etc.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Singing and playing with Larry (Sahara Room)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (located in the Thar Casita)

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Consort playing with faculty playing along

9:00 - ...... p.m. Uncoached consort playing

Saturday, October 21, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (located in the Thar Casita)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Class 1

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Class 2

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Break with refreshments (located in the Thar Casita)

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Class 3

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch (located in the Thar Casita)

2:00 - 3:45 p.m. time for relaxing, practicing, private lessons etc.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Lecture - Demonstration (Sahara Room)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (located in the Thar Casita)

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Consort playing with faculty playing along

9:00 - ...... p.m. Uncoached consort playing

Sunday, October 22, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (located in the Thar Casita)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Class 1

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Class 2

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Break with refreshments (located in the Thar Casita)

11:45 – 1:00 p.m. Class 3

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch (located in the Thar Casita)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. optional tour of Biosphere 2

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. time for relaxing, practicing, private lessons etc.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner (located in the Thar Casita)

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Faculty Concert (Sahara Room)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Reception for Faculty

9:00 - ...... p.m. Uncoached consort playing

Monday, October 23, 2017

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast (located in the Thar Casita)

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Final consort class

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. General Session (Sahara Room)

11:30 - 12:00 noon Workshop ends - Farewell

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Time to pack and checkout.

Costs

Registration fees for the workshop are all inclusive, providing: tuition, room, and board.

Regular: single occupancy, all meals $820.00
Regular: double occupancy, all meals $660.00
Extra Meal Plan for non-participating guests $120.00
Optional Biosphere 2 Tour $15.00
A (non-refundable) down payment received by September 21, 2017 will secure a spot for you. $50.00
Audit only Free-will donation

Registration Information

The workshop is limited to 30 participants at Intermediate (24 Points or higher in the VdGSA self-rating guide) playing skill level. There also will be 2 audit places for people who have not yet the necessary consort-playing skills needed for a satisfying participation in this workshop.

VdGSA self-rating guide:
vdgsa.org/pgs/Self-RatingGuide.pdf

Please fill out the Workshop Registration form available here on this web site, and return it with your deposit.

Registration forms will be accepted in order postmarked on or after Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Scott Mason: scottmason701@gmail.com

History

Past Viol Workshops of the VdGS - Southern Arizona

November 3 - 5, 2000: First Workshop for Viols and Voices at the Voyager Resort in Tucson.
Faculty: Margriet Tindemans, Director with Carol Herman, Julie Jeffrey and David Morris

November 2 - 5, 2001: Second Workshop for Viols and Voices under the auspices of the new chapter of the VdGSA, the Viola da Gamba Society of Southern Arizona. It was held at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the NW part of the city.
Faculty: Margriet Tindemans, Director with Alison Crum, John Dornenburg, Julie Jeffrey and Roy Marks.

October 25 - 28, 2002: Third Workshop for Viols and Voices emphasizing Music of the German Renaissance. It was again held at the Hampton Inn & Suites.
Faculty: Margriet Tindemans, directing with Shira Kammen, Ann Marie Morgan, David Morris and John Mark Rozendaal.

March 7 - 10, 2003: Fourth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Musicke apt both for Voyals and Voyces. The Best Western Inn at the Airport turned out to be a great venue for it. Faculty: Alison Crum, Director with Larry Lipnik and Roy Marks.

March 19 - 22, 2004: Fifth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Emphasis was on Music by John Dowland and Michael East published initially in 1604. We returned to The Best Western Inn at the Airport as it had served us well last year. Faculty: Alison Crum, Director with Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks and Ann Marie Morgan.

October 30 - November 1, 2004: Sixth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Emphasis was on Music by Orlando Gibbons and John Wilbye, whose rarely sung and played 6-part madrigals were featured in the workshop. This workshop was again held at The Best Western In at the Airport. Faculty: Wendy Gillespie, Director supported by John Dornenburg, Annalisa Pappano, Elisabeth Reed and John Mark Rozendaal.

April 15 - April 18, 2005: Seventh Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in the Blooming Desert.We played music by Thomas Tallis as it was the 400th anniversary of his birth, but also that of many other composers of the time period. Our venue was the Best Western Inn-Suites on North Oracle Road. Faculty: Alison Crum, Artistic Director with Laurie Gutiérrez, Roy Marks and Lynn Tetenbaum.

October 19 - October 23, 2006: Eighth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. As it was the 350th anniversary of his death, there was emphasis on Fantasias, anthems and madrigals by Thomas Tomkins, besides the beautiful music of other Renaissance and early Baroque composers. We experienced the beauty of the Southern Arizona desert at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico. Faculty: Margriet Tindemans, Musical Director with Lee Inman, Julie Jeffrey, David Morris and Craig Trompeter.

November 1 -November 5, 2007: Ninth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. It looks like we have finally found a fitting title for our workshops in the beautiful southern Arizona desert. This year was the 450th Anniversary of the birth of Thomas Morley, whose Canzonets and Madrigals lend themselves perfectly to be played on viols. However, we also studied compositions of Jenkins, Hingeston and White to name just a few. Our workshop venue was again the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico that served us even better than last year. Faculty:Alison Crum, Artistic Director with Roy Marks, Sarah Mead, Gail Ann Schroeder and Lynn Tetenbaum.

October 23 - October 27, 2008: Tenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. We could not resist to return to the unique location of the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico in the Sonoran desert. This year we celebrated the 425th anniversary of the birth of Orlando Gibbons. Gibbons' masterful compositions continue to fascinate viol players. Having a chance to play with faculty taking one part of the consort was rated high by the participants. Faculty: Margriet Tindemans, Musical Director with John Dornenburg, Ann Marie Morgan, David Morris and Craig Trompeter.

October 27 - November 2, 2009: Eleventh Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. The Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico remains our venue of choice as everybody loves to come there. This year three members (John Bryan, Alison Crum and Roy Marks) of the Rose Consort of Viols presented a program of viol music played on copies of the so-called Costa viols, instruments built according to paintings by Lorenzo Costa. The lecture-presentation was fascinating and the sound of these viols was enchanting and certainly very different from that of the viols we usually hear today. This was the 350th anniversary of the birth of Henry Purcell and we played and enjoyed some of his beautiful anthems. Faculty: Alison Crum, Artistic Director with John Bryan, Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks and Mary Springfels was superb and provided all of us lots of advise how to become better viol players.

October 28 - November 1, 2010: Twelfth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. The Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico again served us well for this endeavour.This was the 450th anniversary of the birth of Peter Philips, an English composer of mostly vocal and keyboard music who lived in exile in the Netherlands. We enjoyed playing a number of his choral works for 5 & 6 parts on our viols. Faculty: Mary Springfels, Artistic Director with Joanna Blendulf, John Dornenburg, Larry Lipnik and Ann Marie Morgan. The teaching was again outstanding.

November 3 - November 7, 2011: Thirteenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. The Esplendor Resortin Rio Rico remains our venue of choice as everybody loves to come there.This year we celebrated the 525th anniversary of Ludwig Senfl’s birth. He was a pupil of Heinrich Isaac and a very influential composer in 16thcentury Germany. Senfl loved German folk songs and was a master of weaving them together in quodlibets. In addition, it was the 500th anniversary of the publication of Heinrich Schütz’s “Il Primo libro di Madrigali” in Venice in the year 1611. We enjoyed working on several pieces of these two composers and we heard masterful renditions of some of their works in a superb faculty concert. Faculty: Alison Crum, Artistic Director with Julie Jeffrey, Larry Lipnik, Roy Marks and John Mark Rozendaal.

October 25 - October 29, 2012: Fourteenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. Even though there was a change of management there, we were warmly welcomed by the staff of the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico in the southern part of Arizona. The focal point of the workshop was the celebration of the 400 year anniversary of another German composer: Hans Leo Hassler, who lived from 1464 to 1512. We worked on several choral works by Hassler that had been transcribed for viols and voices, including "Exultavit cor meum" and "Verbum caro factum est" à 6 and "Ecce quam bonum" à 5.Mary Springfels gave us a splendid lecture about "German music in the time of Hassler". However, we played music of many of the fine composers of th late Renaissance and early Baroque at this workshop: Jane Hershey had prepared a selection of several renditions of the German hymn: "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir" culminating in a wonderful setting by J. S, Bach. The concert by the facultywas a delightful highpoint of the workshop performed expertly by Mary Springfels, Artistic Director with John Dornenburg, Jane Hershey, Josh Lee and Larry Lipnik.

October 24 - October 28, 2013: Fifteenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis. The venue was again the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico, close to the border of Arizona with Mexico. 2013 was the year when we celebrated the 450th Anniversary of the birth of John Dowland and we enjoyed having Roy Marks play the lute for the famous Lacrimae pavans and some of the other, more lively (5-part + lute) pieces. We also worked with Larry Lipnik on some of the vocal pieces by Carlo Gesualdo who died in 1613. And 2013 was also the anniversary of John Ward, the Elder's publication of the "First Set of English Madrigals of three, four, five, and six parts, apt both for Viols and Voices” in 1613. Alison Crum, the artistic director of this workshop, also presented a memorable lecture on the pros and cons of ‘authentic’ stringing, and its relevance to todays early music world. Last not least, we were treated to a wonderful concert by the Faculty: Alison Crum, Artistic Director, with Joanna Blendulf, Wendy Gillespie, Larry Lipnik and Roy Marks.

October 23 - October 27, 2014: Sixteenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico. It was the 350th anniversary of the death of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla. He was born in Spain but worked most of his life in Mexico. He was a prolific composer of sacred motets and sacred villancicos (about 700 of his works have survived). We played and sang some of his 6-part and 8-part motets. We also celebrated the 450th anniversary of Hans Leo Hassler who was born 450 years ago on the 26. of October 1564. Mary Springfels gave us a lucid insight into what the Mexican "music scene" might have looked like when Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla worked there. Besides their phantastic coaching, the Faculty: Mary Springfels, Artistic Director, with Jack Ashworth, Julie Jeffrey, Larry Lipnik and David Morris presented a delightful concert to us, both at the Resort and on the day following the workshop at the Academy Village in Tucson.

October 22 - October 26, 2015: Seventeenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Viols in a Desert Oasis at the Esplendor Resort in Rio Rico, Arizona. Faculty included Artistic Director Alison Crum with Joanna Blendulf, Julie Jeffrey, Larry Lipnik and Roy Marks. It was the 8th workshop under the artistic direction of Alison Crum. This year is the 475th Anniversary of the birth of William Byrd (1540). William Byrd is known for some intrigung rhythms in his compositions, just like Rumba dance rhythms from Latin America that will get some special attention. He also took some inspiration from another composer of the Renaissance, John Sheppard, who was born in 1515 and is known for a great number of mostly sacred music compositions. Finally, we have another anniversary and that is the publication of Giovanni Gabrieli's Symphoniae Sacrae II in 1615. Some of the motets of this collection will be featured in this workshop.

October 27 - October 31, 2016: Eighteenth Viol Workshop of the VdGS - Southern Arizona: Christened Viol Sphere 2 - Viols in a Desert Oasis was held at a new location north of Tucson in the beautiful Biosphere 2 Conference Center in Oracle, Arizona. Faculty included Mary Springfels, Artistic Director with John Dornenburg, Larry Lipnik, Josh Lee, and David Morris. 2016 marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. William Shakespeare lived from 1564 to 1616 producing most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. While Shakespeare was well known as an English poet, playwright, and actor, he was not known to have been a composer; however, he flourished at the same time as a great many Elizabethan musicians and composers. The workshop featured music of these contemporaries of William Shakespeare, including many of the greatest Elizabethan composers, such as William Byrd (1543-1623), John Dowland (1563-1626), Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), Thomas Tallis (1505-1585), Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656), John Ward (1571-1638), Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623), and John Wilbye (1574-1638).

Membership

Anyone interested in the viola da gamba or early music is welcome as a member.

Annual dues are handled like donations.
They are $20.00 and include admission to play days. Student (full time) dues (donations) are $10.00.

The Viola da Gamba Society- Southern Arizona is tax-exempt. Donations are tax deductible.

Contact information: Scott Mason - e-mail: scottmason701@gmail.com

Contact

Office Name E-mail
President Scott Mason scottmason701@gmail.com
Vice President Lucy Peck landjpeck@yahoo.com
VdGSA-Liason and Secretary Scott Mason scottmason701@gmail.com
Treasurer Ulrich Michael ufmichael@theriver.com

Office Name
Honorary Member Rachel (Archie) Archibald (1911 - 2013)
Honorary Member Dr. Charles (Chuck) Warner (1920 - 2006)

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