2016-2017 Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant Awarded to the Harvard Consort of Viols

The Harvard Consort of Viols has been named the recipient of this year’s Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant awarded by the Viola da Gamba Society of New England.

This student group, created by Professor Kate van Orden with the assistance of Laura Jeppesen is created anew each Fall semester in Harvard University's Music Course 181r: “Performance and Culture: Renaissance Music.” The goal of this class, which combines academic research with hands-on study of the viola da gamba, is to teach students to become cultivated amateurs and to find the ease of a Renaissance viol player.

This year's Silbiger Grant enabled students who enrolled in this class for Fall semester 2016 to perform with professional local viol players in a Service of Sacred Music with the Harvard University Choir under the direction of Gund University Organist and Choirmaster Edward E. Jones in the Knafel Center on December 11th, 2016. They were joined by Jane Hershey, Michael Sponseller and James Williamson in a double choir piece by Johann Hentzschel and other works including a Gibbons verse anthem.

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