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Viola d'Amore Workshop


Viola d'Amore Workshop: June 11-17, 2018

The application deadline for the Viola d'Amore Workshop has now passed.
In conjunction with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, we are delighted to offer a week-long workshop dedicated to the study of the viola d’amore. Leading the workshop is Thomas Georgi, a member of Tafelmusik and an internationally renowned performer and researcher of the viola d’amore. Thomas will be assisted by Dr. Paul MillerDaily activities include lectures, masterclasses, and chamber music rehearsals, all culminating in a public performance on the final day.
Auditing the Workshop
We are delighted to welcome auditors to the Viola d'Amore Workshop. Auditors may sit in on the daily classes and are encouraged to attend the free Viola d'Amore Recital on Sunday, June 17th. Please note that auditors do not actively participate in the classes they choose to attend. All events take place at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, unless indicated otherwise. A daily schedule of events will be available in mid-May.
A pass to audit one class at the Viola d'Amore Workshop costs $30, and an open pass, which gives you access to all Workshop classes, costs $150. To register as an auditor, or for more information, please contact Caitlin Cross at

Program Overview
  • Daily masterclasses, lessons, and chamber music rehearsals
  • Lectures on aspects of the instrument, its repertoire, and performance practice
  • The focus of the workshop will be the recent discoveries in the repertoire of the viola d’amore. Examples of this repertoire will be provided, and participants will be expected to prepare this to work on at the workshop; participants are also welcome to bring repertoire of their choosing.
  • Continuo accompaniment will be provided.
  • A public performance by Thomas Georgi and the participants in the program on Sunday, June 17
As the workshop is run concurrently with the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, participants are welcome to attend TBSI activities, including lectures, concerts, masterclasses, dance classes, etc. Full detail of TBSI can be found at

The activities specific to the viola d’amore class will be scheduled in the afternoons. This allows the participants who wish to take in TBSI activities to attend TBSI classes and lectures in the mornings. Practice facilities will be available throughout the days and evenings for those who wish to use their free time for individual practice.
Evening activities include a concert by the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Choir (Monday, June 11), and a reading of the Bach St. Matthew Passion by the TBSI participants (Friday, June 15), in which the viola d’amore players are encouraged to participate on violin, viola, or by joining the chorus.
The workshop ends with a public performance at 12:30pm on Sunday, June 17, celebrating the viola d’amore and featuring the workshop participants and Thomas Georgi.
Accommodations are not provided, and participants are responsible for arranging their own housing. Discounted accommodations will be made available at a University of Toronto residence at a special TBSI rate. Please see the Accommodations page for details.


Application Form.pdf