Concert Programs




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." Participants in VMAC are automatically members of the Vermont Music and Arts Association (VMAA). The members elect a governing board, which administers the Center. Please take a trip around our website to learn more about us.

VMAC differs from most workshops 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" (see links to various activities, left) are suggested for groups that want more formal coaching, but particpants may ask for coaching on a different work of their choice. See the Daily Schedule page for a more complete description of the program.

To derive maximum benefit from the program, participants should come prepared to play at least a few works from the standard chamber literature. The staff will gladly provide coaching on prepared works. Elementary instruction is not offered, but experienced musicians who are new to playing chamber music are very welcome.

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.

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2016 Dates
64rd annual season

July 10 - 17
July 17 - 24
July 24 - 31


Breaking news: Jill Collura will be substituting for an injured Susan Shaw on bassoon. See the Faculty page.

We're moving to a new, modern dorm! Larger rooms to play in, elevators, a kitchen and two private baths in every suite. See the latest Newsletter, view photos of a suite, and join the campus tour.

(Works of the Weeks
for 2016 now posted.)

Vocal News

Murray Kidd announces that this year's VMAC Vocal Apprentices are soprano Jessica Trainor amd mezzosopranos Eileen Christiansen and Emma Sorenson. He is very excited about working with these extremely talented and skilled musicians.

Also, this year's large ensemble piece will be Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral), along with selections sung by the Vocal Apprentices.

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Newsletter March 2016

In Memoriam:
Elizabeth Harris

Faculty (2016 changes)

Louisa Marks will come as a participant.
Carl and Polly Anderson will not attend; Rick Shapiro will fill in again on clarinet.

New faculty and returnees from 2015 newcomers:

Elizabeth (Liz) Wright, vln
Andrea Torain, vln
Jill Collura, Bassoon

weeks 1 & 2
Atsuko Sato, Bassoon
week 3
Rick Shapiro, Clarinet
Peter Ferris, Oboe
LeeAnn Newland, Horn weeks 1 & 2
Francisco Donaruma, Horn week 3

Jeff Stewart is now our Registrar and the person
responding when you
contact us
by email

2016 Library additions
The full updated catalogue
for 2016 is not yet posted.

Concert programs 2015

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