VMAC (the Vermont Music and Arts Center) is a workshop for serious amateur musicians who would like to play chamber music in an informal and congenial atmosphere - to "take a vacation with music." We offer three, one-week sessions in July.
VMAC differs from most workshop in that our faculty usually play with us rather than listening and teaching from the outside. Instead of being assigned groups for three or four pieces of music, we choose our own repertoire and form our own ensembles, which may include one of the coaches at our invitation. Playing with the faculty - being coached from within the group - inspires us, and we learn from their example. Selected "Works of the Weeks" are suggested for groups that want more formal coaching, but particpants may ask for coaching on a different work of their choice.
At home we may not have the right combination of good players for larger works or unusual instrumentation, but VMAC provides winds, singers, strings, pianos, harpsichord, and an extensive music library. It gives us the opportunity to revisit works we have studied in other workshops, and to introduce other musicians to our lesser-known favorites. Most participants play with a great many others and encounter a wealth of new pieces as well as the old favorites.
The Center maintains a library of over 1000 performing editions of chamber music, from baroque to contemporary, for strings, winds, keyboard, and voice.
Do what you like at VMAC. We offer great chamber music, madrigals, art, folk dancing, morning walks, Bach Bash, an optional informal concert, and a goofy Fun Night, plus the splendor of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Please check out our website for more info. Hope to see you there.