Registration is now open for the “Spring Break” weekend workshop being offered by Amherst Early Music (AEM) in Washington, DC, on March 17–18, on the campus of George Washington University. AEM is the largest presenter in the country of early music workshops for recorder players, other instrumentalists and singers. This is the first time that AEM is offering a weekend intensive in our city—and it is an amazing opportunity!
The workshop will offer classes for recorder players—and amateur lutenists and viol players—by prominent, world-class teachers. Recorder teachers will be Heloise Degrugillier, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, and Valerie Horst (who is also an expert in early music notation). Frances Blaker will be the music director for the weekend. There will be two days of classes, and concerts by faculty and workshop participants. More advanced players will have opportunities to hone their skills and performance technique, and there also will be classes for intermediate players as well. Anyone familiar with the full range of at least two different sizes of recorders, who is willing to be challenged in a friendly and supportive environment, can benefit greatly.
There is a reduced work–study rate, and scholarships will be available. The Washington Recorder Societywill make a donation to be used for scholarships for WRS members.
For more information on the weekend, how to register, and how to apply for a scholarship or work–study, Visit www.amherstearlymusic.org/spring_break_workshop. The website also contains information about other AEM programs, including the Winter Weekend Workshop in Philadelphia on January 12–15 (over the Martin Luther King weekend), and the weeklong programs in July, on the campus of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.