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VMAC participants spend most of their time playing new or familiar works in groups they arrange themselves as the week evolves. However, each year the faculty suggest a few works, known as Works of the Week, or WOWs, as being appropriate for coaching with a group that has been arranged in advanced and whose members have numbered and practiced their parts. The coach selected by the participants may play in the group or coach from outside, as desired.. These coached groups typically meet 3 times. Newcomers, not knowing the coaches or participants, are not expected to form groups for these coaching sessions, but will be offered the opportunity to play one in their introductory coaching session(s).

Once a group has been formed, we will arrange meeting times for the sessions. There is a restriction in this advance scheduling: that no participant may be part of more than two groups. This does not preclude a person from scheduling additional multiple-session groups once everyone has arrived in Vermont.

Preparation involves studying one's part and the score, numbering the measures and listening to recordings. Since partipants live quite far from one another, previous rehearsing is not expected. The list below includes the total number of measures in each movement, where available. There are also good guidelines available for number measures. The importance of having measure numbers for efficient coaching cannot be over-emphasized. Editions can vary - not all publishers follow the "rules" and may number incomplete first measures or first endings, for example. It would be wise for each group to share what edition(s) are being used and ensure consistent numbering.

2019 WoW List:

String works:
Haydn String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 4
I:298; II:122; III:36; IV:126

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat major, Op. 74
I:262; II:169; III:467; IV:195

Piano/String works:
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 ("Ghost")
I:270; II:96; III:411

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
I:338; II:193; III:265; IV:427
In the second, third and fourth movements watch out for measures divided across double bars, repeats or changes of key.

Wind/String works:
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
I:218; II:138; III:192; IV:222

Wind works:
Cambini: Wind Quintet, Op. 4, No. 1

Ibert: Trois pièces brèves