About the Chapter
The Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica, a chapter of the Viola da Gamba Society of America,
is an association of viol enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area.
We enjoy playing chamber music of the sixteenth through eighteenth
centuries (as well as some contemporary music) from England, France,
Italy and Germany on treble, tenor and bass viols. Members include
novice to advanced players, instrument makers, teachers and performers.
- Monthly Saturday meetings for
playing in ensembles with players of similar ability and coached by leading professional players.
- Monthly Gamba News newsletter, September through June.
- Viol rental program. For information on currently available instruments and rates, contact Lynn Lipetzky.
- Referrals to local viol teachers.
- Cost of a normal membership is $40 per year, a student membership is $15 per year, and a household membership is $50 per year, all of which includes attendance at the monthly consort meetings and the chapter's email announcements and monthly newsletter. A $15 non-playing membership includes the email announcements and monthly newsletter only.
- To join or for more information, please fill out the membership form or email the Chapter.
Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2014-2015
|September 13||Shira Kammen||Compositions based on the gorgeous chant melody 'Ave Maris Stella', including music of Josquin des Pres, Monteverdi, Dufay & Victoria.|
|October 11||Hallifax and Jeffrey||Julie (assisted by Peter) will lead a workout focusing on tidying up those pesky dotted-rhythm passages that sometimes pop up in consort music. The session will include some technical troubleshooting, exercises and some work on the attached excerpt from William Young's Fantasia a3 no. 8.|
|November 8||Roy Whelden||Roy Whelden plans to explore several late Bach canons, specifically the recently (1977) discovered Verschiedene Canons from the Goldberg Variations. These are ecstatic and complex contrapuntal creations almost unequaled in the literature. Unspecified in instrumentation, they work well indeed on viols.|
|December 13||David Morris||David Morris will work with us on a pair of Chaconnes, one in five parts by Lully, and one four parts by Purcell. We'll get a crash-course in French style for the Lully, and then see just how much of that might apply to Purcell's compositions. 1st treble parts go up to high c, and David will play along with the brave souls who want a challenge at the high-end!|
|January 10||Elisabeth Reed||A Musical Banquet: An exploration of the Johann Hermann Schein's only collection of instrumental music, the Banchetto musical, 1617. This collection contains twenty separate variation suites, which are among the earliest and finest examples of this type of form. There will be a Feldenkrais appetizer preceding this smorgasbord of dance movements. |
|February 21||Stanford Workshop directed by John Dornenburg, with Julie Jeffrey, Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, and Lynn Tetenbaum||.|
|March 14||Tobi Szuts and Brady Lanier||Two lamentations: one of crecquillon and one of tallis, focusing on how to interpret the music in a choral way, and a couple unique ways to phrase this kind of texted music.<|
|April 11||Marie Szuts||Lasso's La nuict froide et sombre and Bonjour, mon coeur are delightful when sung, but also exquisite when played instrumentally. We'll work on good ensemble technique and breathing together as a group. |
|May 9||Frances Blaker||.|
|June 6||Pacifica Chapter Concert for Friends/Family ||Note change of date!
Chapter Monthly Meetings, 2013-2014
Chapter Officers and Board Members, 2014-2015 Season
|Vice President||Ricardo Hofer|
|Co-Secretary||Betsy St. Aubin|
|Rental Coordinator||Lynn Lipetzky|
|VdGSA Chapter Representative||Lee McRae|
|Coaching Liaison & Webmaster||Alexandra Saur|
|Member at Large||Peter Ballinger
|Member at Large||Peter Brodigan|
|Member at Large||Melita Denny
|Member at Large||John Dornenburg
|Member at Large||Robin Easterbrook
|Member at Large||Mary Elliott
|Member at Large||Stuart Elliott
|Member at Large||Ellen Farwell
|Member at Large||Julie Jeffrey
|Member at Large||Lynn Lipetzky
|Member at Large||Julie Morrisett
|Member at Large||Elisabeth Reed
|Member at Large||Roy Whelden
Early Music Links
Viola da Gamba Society-Pacifica is an affiliate
of the San Francisco Early Music Society
For further information, contact our chapter president: Dalton Cantey.
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