Memorial Day Weekend Workshop

2020 Memorial Day Weekend Workshop
May 22-25, 2020
Wisdom House, Litchfield CT

Directed by Valerie Horst

Music of rejoicing and hope!
Registration now open!
Choose your classes!
See the list of classes

Tom Beets recorder
Deborah Booth recorder
Sarah Cunningham viol
Eric Haas recorder, flute
Valerie Horst early notation, recorder
Sarah Mead viol recorder
Patricia Petersen early notation, recorder
Gwyn Roberts recorder flute
Alastair Thompson harpsichord accompanist

Get the jump on summer with a weekend of small and larger chamber music in an idyllic retreat center in rural Connecticut. The Amherst Early Music Weekend Workshops are smaller, more relaxed versions of the summer festival. Take classes in a variety of subjects for most of the day -- repertory, notation, technique, and ensembles. In the evenings enjoy all-workshop group sessions, English country dancing, a gala Sunday evening faculty concert and party, and more. The von Huene Workshop is in residence with music and instruments for sale. Stop by even if you are not attending the workshop!
Wisdom House has ample classroom space, with good light and comfortable chairs. The kitchen prepares delicious meals and can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice. All classes are under one roof and an elevator helps get luggage and larger instruments from one floor to another.

The town of Litchfield turns 300 in 2019! Take a walking tour, map courtesy of the Litchfield Historical Society. Download here!

2019 Tuition
Full Tuition $340
Half-day Tuition $220
Work-study Tuition $195

Policy: Room and Board fully refundable. Tuition all but $30 refundable till May 15th, no tuition refund after May 15th.

Room & Board
Rooms include all meals, room prices are per person
Double room with a hall bath $345
Double room with a private bath $415
Single room with a hall bath $395
Single room with a private bath $475
Non-resident (includes commuter facilities fee, and 3 lunches) $125

Take the train or bus to Waterbury, CT, and call Patriot Taxi to schedule taxi service to Wisdom House.
Patriot Taxi: 860-264-1218. Mention that you are with Amherst Early Music. Cost is $35 per trip. Call before May 20th to reserve your place.
If you are driving, the address of Wisdom House is 229 East Litchfield Rd., Litchfield, CT 06759. Directions are on the Wisdom House website:

The Memorial Day Workshop is made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.

Scholarship Information

American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for Weekend Workshops as well as Summer Festivals. You do not to be an ARS member to apply.  Deadline is 2 months before funding is needed, or March 31 for Summer Festivals. Visit for application information.

Viola da Gamba Society of America offers Grants-in-Aid to its members to attend Workshops and

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America has established the Funaro Fund Award to support its members to offset the cost of travelling to an early keyboard event.