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Viola d'Amore Workshop


Viola d'Amore Workshop

June 11-17, 2018 
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.
Daily activities include lectures, masterclasses, and chamber music rehearsals, all culminating in a public performance on the final day.
Application deadline: March 1, 2018
Fee: CDN $895 (click here to view today's exchange rate)
Location: Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
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. On Saturday, June 16, the viola d’amore classes will be scheduled for the morning so that participants can attend a midday chamber recital by TBSI faculty members, and join the annual TBSI picnic on the Toronto Islands.
The workshop ends with a public performance the evening of Sunday, June 17, celebrating the viola d’amore and featuring the workshop participants and Thomas Georgi.
Who should apply
  • Experienced players of the viola d’amore
  • Violinists or violists, new to the viola d’amore, who are interested in an intensive introduction to the instrument and its repertoire. A limited number of instruments will be available for use by participants.
Application process
If you are interested in applying to the Viola d'Amore Workshop, please complete the application form, which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page, and send to Applicants will be required to do an audition by Skype, or to submit a recording (audio or video). For those new to the viola d’amore, the audition should be done on your principal instrument (violin or viola). Please submit recordings to
Please note that the availability of the program is dependant on sufficient enrolment.


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