Viols in Our Schools Brings Early Music to Houston Area Schools

Below is information on upcoming school collaborative performances for the education initiative in ‘Viols in Our Schools’, a pilot-program of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and organized by Phillip W. Serna of the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols: April 10, 2008, Residency at the High School at the Performing and Visual Arts Lecture Performances about early stringed instruments (specifically viols/ violas da gamba) for music & history students April 11, 2008, Residency at Johnston Middle School Lecture Performances about early stringed instruments (specifically viols/ violas da gamba) for music & history students For more information see http://violsinourschools.org/
Focusing on Music, History (European History) and English (Music of Shakespeare’s time) classes. A pilot program for the Viola da Gamba Society of America and the Spirit of Gambo, a Chicago Consort of Viols, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ focuses on bringing early strings to the classroom setting. With the viola da gamba/ viol’s connection to the evolution of the guitar (via the lute), it is an ideal instrument to introduce earlier repertoire to guitar classes, while it’s frequent use in the madrigal repertoire and use as a continuo instrument makes the viol an ideal for demonstrating to choral classes as well as to music theory and history classes. In addition to music programs, ‘Viols in Our Schools’ demonstrates early European music to European history classes, as well as English/ Literature classes focusing on Elizabethan/ Shakespearen England. You can visit ‘Viols in Our Schools’ at http://www.violsinourschools.org/.