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Members' Meeting/Play-In, Workshops, Other Events


Our 10th annual Members' Meeting/Play-In, held on September 23, 2001, was attended by about 30 gambists. It boasted a full day of playing opportunities for all levels: "pot-luck consorts," an ensemble class coached by Judith Davidoff, a mass-viol orchestra directed by Ros Morley, and a novice class for those who had never played the viol before taught by Beverly Au.

A highlight was the most successful fundraising auction ever. Offered and eagerly snatched up were playing editions of music from Machaut to Lawes; a wide range of CDs; tickets to events presented by the New York Consort of Viols, Parthenia, Music Before 1800, and New York City Opera, among others; and a miscellany of practical and/or whimsical objects.


Saturday, April 27: An all-day workshop called Continental Potpourre will explore ensemble music from Renaissance Europe, including repertoire by Merula, Senfl, and the Italian madrigalists. Among the highlights are a class on dimunutions and ornaments and a class comparing the sound of equal and mean temperaments in a Sermisy chanson. The workshop, designed for consort players at all levels, will be led by Chicago gambists extraordinaire Mary Springfels, John Mark Rozendaal, and Craig Trompeter at the showroom of Monical and Son in Staten Island, NY. Contact Ed Truettner at (718) 849-3695 for more information.

Saturday, May 18: Boston mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal will lead a mini workshop on gamba arias featuring intensive coaching on accompanying voice. Bass viol players and singers may form their own ensembles and choose and prepare a piece; Pam herself will sing for players lacking a vocal accomplice. Contact Rita Kaplan at (718) 884-4648 for information.


The 2002 Spring Soirée will be held the evening of Friday, May 10 at the home of Jane Furth. Call (212) 924-2783 to register to perform or to audit.


Sunday, April 21, 1 - 3 pm: Home of Barbara and Arno Cahn(Lower Westchester)

Saturday, May 4, 10 am - 3 pm: Home of Patricia Anderson (East 20s, Manhattan)

For more information on Hausmusiks, call Harriet Muller-Egan at (212) 787-2745 or e-mail