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LSA 2014 Summer Seminar and Lute Festival

      The Faculty list and preliminary information on courses are now available for the 2014 event, which will take place the 22nd to the 28th of June.  The faculty includes Paul Beier, Eduardo Egüez, Douglas Freundlich, Gail Gillispie, Ellen Hargis, Grant Herreid, Jakob Lindberg, Christopher Morrongiello, Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, Phil Rukavina, Andy Rutherford, and Crawford Young.  Richard Stone will be the Pat O’Brien LecturerRegistration is now open.

LSA 2013 Summer Seminars

      The 2013 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar East was again part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, from the 14th to the 21st of July.  The faculty consisted of Grant Herreid, Nigel North, Patrick O’Brien, Jason Priset, and Phil Rukavina.

      The 2013 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar West was again part of the Vancouver Early Music Festival.  The lute week was Sunday, 28 July through Friday, 2 August.  The faculty consisted of Robert Barto, Ray Nurse, Patrick O’Brien, and Charles Weaver.  There was also a lute-building workshop taught by Grant Tomlinson.  The Lute Doctor was Travis Carey, and Michael Miranda was the LSA coordinator. 

LSA 2012 Summer Seminar and Lute Festival

      The 2012 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar and Lute Festival took take place 24 through 29 June at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  The faculty included some old familiar faces, Robert Barto, Doug Freundlich, Ellen Hargis, Christopher Morrongiello (along with other members of The Bacheler Consort), Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, Paul O’Dette, and Crawford Young, and Eduardo Egüez and Sylvain Bergeron joined the roster for the first time.  The Pat O’Brien Scholar was Grant Herreid, perhaps best known for his performances with Piffaro, and the Lute Doctor was Andrew Rutherford.

LSA 2011 Summer Seminars

      The Lute Society of America sponsored two Summer Seminar events in conjunction with Amherst Early Music (17 – 24 July 2011) and Early Music Vancouver (1 – 5 August 2011), as we have recently in odd-numbered years.

      The faculty in Vancouver consisted of Robert Barto, Sylvain Bergeron, Pat O’Brien, Stephen Stubbs, and Grant Tomlinson, with Travis Carey providing instrument maintenance.  The coordinator for the LSA was board member Michael Miranda.

      The focus of the Seminar on the east coast was sacred music of the 16th-century in the Iberian peninsula.  The faculty included Nigel North, Grant Herried, Doug Freundlich, and Christopher Morrongiello.  Phillip Rukavina was the LSA coordinator for this Seminar.

LSA Seminar 2010

      The Lute Society of America Summer Seminar 2010 ran from Sunday afternoon, 27 June, through Saturday morning, 3 July.  The venue was once again Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

      Attendees were able to participate in two to four daily classes or lectures and enjoy one major concert and one shorter recital per day.  Our Pat O’Brien lecturer was Stephen Stubbs.  He was also in charge of another major focus of the week, which was the preparation for a complete performance on Friday evening of Dafne, a very early opera by Marco da Gagliano.

      Faculty for the 2010 Summer Seminar included:

      Many members of the faculty presented concerts or shorter recitals during the week, as indicated above.  In addition, there were recitals by

 

Retrospectives of Past LSA Seminars

    A photographic record of the great fun that was had by all:

    A more complete listing of the Seminars that have been
sponsored by the Lute Society of America can be found
on our History page.

 

Other 2014 Seminars with Lute-Related Content

  •  The fifteenth Madison Early Music Festival will take place 12 –19 July with the theme “Italia mia:  1300–1600.”  The lute instructor will be Grant Herreid, and the event will feature performances by Ex Umbris and Trefoil.
  •  The twelfth Atelier de musique ancienne, 24 – 31 August in the Château de Gruyères, Switzerland, will focus on the construction of a theorbo under the direction of English luthier David van Edwards.

 

Past Events

  •  The fourteenth Madison Early Music Festival took place 6 – 12 July 2013.  The theme of the Festival was “A Festive Celebration of the German Renaissance.”  The lute instructor was Grant Herreid.
  •  The Third International Festival of Lute Societies (Previously called the European Lute Festival) was held in Gijòn Spain, 16 – 19 July 2011 in conjunction with the 7th annual meeting of the Sociedad de la Vihuela.  Some videos appear on YouTube documenting the recital performed by Phillip Rukavina and Edward Martin, who represented the LSA at that event.
  •  The Second European Lute Festival took place in Füssen im Allgäu, Germany, 21 – 24 May 2010, under the sponsorship of the Deutsche Lautengesellschaft.  In conjunction with the Festival there was also a two-day conference, “Lute making in the Füssen-region and Northern Italy during the 15th – 18th Century, migration and interactions among lute makers.”
  •  The Seventh Early Music Workshop & Concert Series of the Association Guitare et Luth took place in Gruyères, Switzerland, 22 – 29 August 2010.  The focus was the baroque violin and German Baroque music for bowed strings.
  •  Les Journées du Luth 2008 of the Société de Luth Français – 25, 26 & 27 January 2008, Toulouse.  Masterclasses, concerts and exposition.  Recto (121 KB) & verso (352 KB) of the flyer.
  •  Fifth Annual Meeting of the Sociedad de la Vihuela – 30 October – 2 November 2009, Valencia, Spain.
  •  Festival de Luth de la Société de Luth de la Nouvelle-France, 14 – 16 May 2004.

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