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PNV Play Days

Pacific Northwest Viols usually hosts five Play Days each season for members and guests. Many years one of the Play Days is in the format of a one-day workshop with special faculty. These events are held in the spacious and inviting facilities of Seattle's Maple Leaf Lutheran Church at 10005 32nd Ave. NE.
(map here).  

The morning is devoted to a special presentation in which the entire group participates. All levels of skills are welcome. No matter how experienced or inexperienced the participants, we all come away from these Play Days enriched by the presenter's insights and technical tips.

Teachers for the morning Grand Consort program either are invited from our own local core of outstanding talent or are national (or even international) viols teachers brought to Seattle for the occasion. In the afternoon, the group breaks up into small informal consorts. Some groups are self-selected by members who wish to explore playing a certain piece and others are formed by using the sign-up sheets on display at the beginning of the day. A technique class for all levels and a doubling class are often available as well. There is also the opportunity, for a modest additional fee, to sign up to be in a consort coached by the morning's presenter. As in the morning Grand Consort, one need not be a virtuoso to have an outstanding learning experience.

One of the things many people enjoy about these informal afternoon sessions is the opportunity to make music with people other than those with whom we play on a regular basis. Refreshments (tea, coffee, fruit, and nibbles) are available throughout the day.

The Play Days and presenters for the coming season are:
  • Saturday, September 9, 2023:          Elisabeth Reed
  • Saturday, November 18, 2023:        Josh Lee
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024:            Mary Springfels (cancelled due to illness)
  • Saturday, March 9th:                       Erik Andersen
  • Satsurday, April 20th:                     Mary Springfels (rescheduled from January 13th)
  • Saturday, May 11th, 2024:              David Morris

Our final 2023 circuit rider with Wendy Gillespie will be from Friday, December 8th - Sunday, December 10th.  Look for a sign-up to be sent a couple of weeks prior.

Play Day Fee: $25
Typical Play Day Schedule
9:30 am:  Check in, sign up for consorts, tuning
10:00am-12:00pm:  Grand Consort, Presentation
12:00-1:00pm:  Lunch (brown bag or at a local restaurant)
1:00-2:15 pm:  First coached session
2:30-3:45 pm:  Second coached session
3:45-4:00 pm: Clean-up

Play Day schedules can vary slightly however, so check the newsletter before marking your calendar.

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