Viola da Gamba Society New England - Silbiger Grant

2015-2016 Silbiger Grant Awarded to El Dorado Ensemble

First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St., Boston MA) will host the 2015-2016 Silbiger Grant performance in their service on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 at 11:00 am. The performers will be El Dorado Ensemble (Carol Lewis, Janet Haas, Paul Johnson, Mai-Lan Broekman and Alice Mroszczyk, viols; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute and theorbo) together with the Choir of First Church in Boston (Paul Cienniwa, music director).

The musical selections will include Purcell’s “Sing Unto the Lord” for choir, soloists and instruments, as well as the Gibbons “Cries of London”, parts I and II. El Dorado Ensemble will also play a pavan by Thomas Weelkes.

The Sunday services at First Church in Boston are regularly broadcast live on Emerson College Radio (88.9 FM) and streamed live on the internet.

Map and Directions to First Church Boston

Information about the Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant:
The Viola da Gamba Society--New England Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant is a competitive award which supports New England viol players and vocal ensembles who wish to present music appropriate for viol consort and voices. The grant is available to churches, synagogues, small choruses and ensembles eager to explore this beautiful repertoire in a service or public concert setting. Applicants may include a variety of repertoire, but with a minimum of three viol players and one vocal soloist.

The matching grant pays a total of $600 (six hundred dollars) for the viol players and an additional $100 for the viol player/organizer. The sponsoring organization must pledge a minimum of an additional $30 per player. The duties of the viol/player organizer are described on the application form.

The Selection Committee emphasizes the following guidelines:

Previous recipients include: Trinity Episcopal Church, Lime Rock, CT (Weelkes, Tomkins, Mico & Gibbons), Temple Beth David,Westwood, MA (Salamone Rossi), Church of Our Saviour, Milford NH (Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis), First Parish in Framingham MA (Byrd), Saint Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, Blue Hill ME (Ferrabosco, Tye, Byrd), and Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, Natick MA (Schutz Christmas Oratorio).

The grant commemorates the life and work of Gian Lyman Silbiger, viol player, teacher, composer and organist, who taught at the Longy School of Music, McGill University, and Brandeis University in the 1960's and 1970's and also served as the President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. The grant is supported entirely by VdGS-NE members and friends. Tax deductible contributions are gratefully accepted. Please send to the Treasurer, Viola da Gamba Society New England, PO Box 192, Belmont, MA 02478.

Applying for the Silbiger Grant:

The Silbiger Grant is awarded yearly on an academic year schedule. The application for the 2016-2017 season may be found HERE. The general call for applications is Feb. 1, 2016, withe a deadline of May 1. Notification from the Silbiger Grant Committee will be by July 1.

For further information about the VdGS-NE, including opportunities to learn to play the viola da gamba, please visit the chapter’s website at vdgsne.org.

To request a repertoire list of sacred music for voices and viols contact secretary@vdgsne.org.

For more information about applying for the Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant, contact Jane Hershey at SilbigerGrant@vdgsne.org or by phone 603-547-7837.


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