June 1-3, 2018 – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast is pleased to announce our partnership with the Whitewater Early Music Festival, merging our annual workshops in order to provide more opportunities to all of our members. Organized by the Oak Park Recorder School, the festival features fantastic line up of some of the best early music teachers in all the USA! Whitewater Early Music Festival is a mixed-instrument workshop featuring classes for all levels from beginning to advanced: from recorders to reeds and wind band instruments (inc. crumhorns, racketts, shawms & sackbutts), viol consorts, and voices. There will be vendor exhibits, informal late-night playing sessions, an all-festival ending concert, and so much more. Workshop pitch will be A415 with Gayle Neuman leading a Friday-night session for recorders and viols alongside programming led by viola da gamba faculty Kate Shuldiner, Phillip Serna & Lisa Terry. Come for the weekend and leave with a lifetime of music friends. What could be better?!
Workshop Address: The Greenhill Center of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 950 West Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 https://goo.gl/maps/uUzuUf8SCDP2
The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast presents 2 special programs May 29th in the Music Institute of Chicago’s beautiful Nichols Concert Hall: The Third Coast Viols (our Memorial Day Workshop faculty with the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols) will perform music by Taverner, Tye, Tallis, Byrd, Picforth, Ferrabosco, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes & Purcell alongside contemporary works by Martha Bishop, Patrice Connelly and the premiere of Will Ayton’s Fantasy á4 on “In Nomine” (2015). Additionally, the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols will present a special 10th anniversary mini-concert of intimate settings for 1-3 viols including music by Martha Bishop, David Goldstein, Thomas Tomkins and others.
Performers: The Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols & Friends – David Douglass, Ken Perlow, Gail Ann Schroeder, Phillip Serna, Kate Shuldiner, Connie Strait, & Russell Wagner, viols
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Special Early Music Benefit Concert for Naperville North Viols Attracts High-Profile Guest Artists from Across the Country Performing the Virtuoso Nymphs of the Rhine for Violas da Gamba by Johannes Schenck
Thanks to the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA)’s Consort Loan Program, Phillip Serna is partnering with Naperville North High School orchestra director Dana Green to start a viol consort program in Chicago’s western suburbs. However, we need YOUR help! In an effort to engage the community, raise awareness about our work, we are holding a benefit concert to raise money to purchase viols once the loan period is exhausted. The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast (VdGS Third Coast), New Comma Baroque’s Phillip Serna, the Naperville North High School Department of Music, and Grounds for Hope Cafe at Trinity Lutheran Church will present a showcase attracting top viol players from across the Midwest – and indeed the country – to marathon Schenck’s complete Nymphs of the Rhine. Please help us build a presence for Early Music in the western suburbs and consider giving!
Performers: Mary Anne Ballard (Baltimore Consort, Galileo’s Daughters, et al), Russell Bookout, James Lambert (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort), Eric Miller (Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble), Gail Ann Schroeder (Baroque and Beyond, Columbia Baroque, et al), & Phillip Serna (New Comma Baroque, Black Tulip, et al), bass viols
Mary Anne Ballard is currently a member of Baltimore Consort, Galileo’s Daughters, Fleur de Lys (U of Notre Dame), The Cat’s Paw (early viol consorts). Music Director, Play of Daniel (The Cloisters and Trinity Wall Street Church, NYC). Recent guest, Cardinal Consort of Viols, Toronto; Pomerium (NYC).
Teaching: Current–Viola da Gamba at Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and U. of Notre Dame. Former–University of Pennsylvania Collegium (founder/director), Princeton University (Director, Musica Alta and viol instructor), Peabody Conservatory (teacher of viols and baroque ensemble). Degrees–BA Music, Wellesley College, MA Musicology–University of Pennsylvania. Private studies–August Wenzinger. Recordings on Dorian, Classic Masters, Gasparo, Smithsonian.
Although an Engineer by training, Russell Bookout thoroughly embraced historical musical performance after taking up the lute some 35 years ago. Though focused currently on viola da gamba and lute performance, his instrumental repertoire also includes a wide variety of other early instruments including recorders, theorbo, baryton, and baroque guitar. Concerts in recent years have included venues in Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, and Germany.
James Lambert enjoys a varied career playing both double bass and viola da gamba. He joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1987 as Associate Principal Double Bass, and has soloed with the Orchestra and performed frequently for their chamber music series on double bass and gamba. The Orchestra’s tours have taken him all over the USA, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, teaching the viol ensembles in the Early Music Lab, and at East Carolina University and the Eastern Music Festival. He has been a guest musician with the Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati), Bourbon Baroque, Ars Femina (Louisville), and was a founder member of the baroque ensemble Apollo’s Cabinet. Regardless of what instrument he is playing, his favorite musical activity is accompanying singers.
Eric Miller plays viola da gamba and baroque cello with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and Eliza’s Toyes, and has appeared with the Madison Bach Musicians, and Ensemble Musical Offering. During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Eric performed on cello with American Players Theater in the production of The Gift of the Magi. Also an accomplished trumpeter and able improvisor, Eric collaborates with musicians from all walks of life in numerous musical settings. With degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his primary cello studies have been with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet and Parry Karp of the Pro Arte Quartet. A passionate educator trained in the Suzuki approach, Eric maintains a large cello and trumpet studio in central Madison alongside his wife, Sue Ellen Dubbert, a dedicated piano teacher. Eric has also served as an orchestra teacher for the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2009.
Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History. She furthered her performance studies on the viola da gamba at the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium, with Wieland Kuijken, where she obtained the First Prize and the Higher Diploma, with distinction. She has performed extensively as soloist and with numerous ensembles including the Huelgas Ensemble, Catacoustic Consort, Capilla Flamenca, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Alabama Symphony. She has participated in numerous radio and television productions, and on CD recordings for such labels as DHM, Sony Classical, Ricercar and Erato. From 1988-2002 she was an assistant professor at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she taught viola da gamba, didactics of viola da gamba and was director of the viol consort. Since returning to the USA in 2006, Ms. Schroeder has been teaching at numerous workshops for the Viola da Gamba Society of America, the Amherst Early Music Festival, Mountain Collegium and participated in the endowed chair French Baroque Project at the University of Alabama. Currently living in North Carolina, she teaches privately and free-lances on viola da gamba. Since 2012 Ms. Schroeder is also an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.