Viola da Gamba Society - New England - Autumn Workshop 2014
Workshop Date: Saturday November 8th, 2014

There are 2 ways to Register for the VdGS-NE Autumn Workshop 2014:

Method 1)   Click here to Register Online  

Note:  If you register online, payment of all fees for the workshop etc must be sent in advance. Upon receipt of your payment you will be contacted to confirm your participation.  Click here for the fee schedule.  

Method 2)  Click on the link below for the pdf version of the Workshop Flyer.  Then, fill out the paper registration form(s), include your check, and mail everything in to the address immediately below.

Please make your check payable to VdGS-NE and send it to:

Sybil Kevy
154 Plain Rd.
Wayland, MA 01778

"The Dow Part Books"

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Viola da Gamba Society—New England
Autumn Workshop 2014

The Dow Part Books
Music for Voices and Viols from Tudor

All Saints Episcopal Church
17 Clark Street
Belmont Mass. 02478

Workshop Date: November 8, 2014

Music Directors: Jane Hershey and Hannah Davidson
Coordinator: Sybil Kevy

Registration deadline October 11, 2014

This workshop, open to viol players and singers, will focus on music from the Dow Part Books. Compiled in a beautiful hand by Robert Dow in the 1580s, the MS includes motets, hymns, psalms, secular songs and instrumental music in five parts by Byrd, Tallis, Parsons, White, Taverner and their contemporaries (mostly English, though Lassus, for example, is represented by three compositions). If there is enough interest there will be classes for those who would like to try reading from the facsimile, which uses challenging clefs and has no bar lines. Workshop faculty will include Convivium’s director, Michael Barrett, and Hannah Davidson, as well as Jane Hershey, Laura Jeppesen, Alice Robbins and Emily Walhout, all of whom were coaches for Ellen Powers’ weekly ”Mezzo-Forte Viol Consort” from 1984-2009. As always, beginners are welcome.

The vocal group Convivium Musicum, with members of the workshop faculty, will present a concert devoted to music from the Dow Part Books at 7:00 at All Saints church. The concert, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception, is co-sponsored by Powers Music School as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, and as a remembrance of Ellen Powers, a founding member of both the School and VdGS-NE. To learn about Powers, visit 

For more information contact: Hannah Davidson 617-489-0003,  or Sybil Kevy, 508-358-2097 (

Workshop Schedule:
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Set-up A=415
9:30-10:45 Session 1 Please bring a stand
11:00-12:15 Session II For scholarship and senior rates, email Sybil Kevy (
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:45 – 2:30  Lecture/Demo
2:45-4:00 Session III
7:00 Concert and Reception

Directions to All Saints Church, Belmont MA 02478:

The church is on the corner of Clark and Common Streets, with a large parking lot across Clark St. From Rte 2 take the Pleasant St. exit and travel southeast toward Belmont, turning left at the second traffic light to go through Belmont Ctr. Bear right under the underpass onto Common St.; after that the third right is Clark St.

From the Mass. Pike take exit 17 and go east throughWatertown Square to Mt Auburn St. toward Cambridge. Take fourth left at Common St. (condominiumized church on left, graveyard on right), travel over the hill into Belmont; after crossing Trapelo Road continue on Common Street for about a mile to the traffic light just after St. Joseph church on the right. Clark St. is the next left after the lights.

From Cambridge take Concord Ave. to Belmont Ctr., bear left before the underpass and follow Common St. to Clark.

The 74 MBTA bus stops at the underpass and the church is a short walk from there.

For supper there are a number of restaurants within walking distance in Belmont Center – Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc.

Click here All Saints Church's own Directions Webpage

Click here for a Map/Directions via Google

Registration deadline October 11, 2014
Late registrations will be accepted only if space is available!

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