Viola da Gamba Society New England -
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
Map and Directions to First Church Boston
Information about the Gian Lyman
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
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.
Selection Committee emphasizes the following guidelines:
- Musical excellence and repertoire of high quality should be fostered.
- Repertoire chosen should be appropriate to the level of the viol consort and singers.
- The viol players must be from New England, and the performance site must also be in New England.
- Musicians may include a mixture of professional and amateur players, or may be fully professional.
- New audiences for viol music should be actively sought through
publicity provided to local media and in the printed program or
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about applying for the Gian Lyman Silbiger Grant, contact Jane Hershey at
SilbigerGrant@vdgsne.org or by phone 603-899-5036.
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