Past Lute Society Seminars

LSA 2015 Summer Seminars

      During the Summer of 2015 the LSA is again sponsoring two Seminars, one on the east coast of North America and one on the west coast. We are taking a more active part in the planning than we have in past years, and as a consequence the number of lute courses and faculty members will be larger than it has been in these regional seminars in past years.  For students with limited financial resources, a scholarship may be available to cover the registration fee for one of these Summer Seminars.*

      Workshop East 2015 will take place 12 to 18 July as part of the Amherst Early Music Festival at Connecticut College, New London CT. The faculty will consist of Eduardo Eguez, Nigel North, Grant Herreid, Christopher Morrongiello, and Jason Priset (LSA Program Director).

      Workshop West 2015 will take place 26 to 31 July as part of Early Music Vancouver at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada. The faculty will consist of Robert Barto, Ray Nurse, Paul Beier, Ronn McFarlane, Travis Carey (Lute Building and Maintenance), and Michael Miranda (LSA Programme Director).

LSA 2014 Summer Seminar and Lute Festival

      The 2014 Summer Seminar and Lute Festival took place the 22nd to the 28th of June.  The faculty included Paul BeierEduardo Egüez, Douglas Freundlich, Gail Gillispie, Ellen Hargis, Grant Herreid, Jakob Lindberg, Christopher Morrongiello, Nigel North, Phil Rukavina, Andy Rutherford, and Crawford Young.  Richard Stone was the Pat O’Brien Lecturer.  The complete list of course offerings and the concert schedule are posted.  Videos of the musical performances at the Festival are now posted on the LSA YouTube channel.

LSA 2013 Summer Seminars

      The 2013 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar East was again part of the Amherst Early Music Festival, from the 14th to the 21st of July.  The faculty consisted of Grant Herreid, Nigel North, Patrick O’Brien, Jason Priset, and Phil Rukavina.

      The 2013 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar West was again part of the Vancouver Early Music Festival.  The lute week was Sunday, 28 July through Friday, 2 August.  The faculty consisted of Robert Barto, Ray Nurse, Patrick O’Brien, and Charles Weaver.  There was also a lute-building workshop taught by Grant Tomlinson.  The Lute Doctor was Travis Carey, and Michael Miranda was the LSA coordinator. 

LSA 2012 Summer Seminar and Lute Festival

      The 2012 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar and Lute Festival took take place 24 through 29 June at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  The faculty included some old familiar faces, Robert Barto, Doug Freundlich, Ellen Hargis, Christopher Morrongiello (along with other members of The Bacheler Consort), Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, Paul O’Dette, and Crawford Young, and Eduardo Egüez and Sylvain Bergeron joined the roster for the first time.  The Pat O’Brien Scholar was Grant Herreid, perhaps best known for his performances with Piffaro, and the Lute Doctor was Andrew Rutherford.

LSA 2011 Summer Seminars

      The Lute Society of America sponsored two Summer Seminar events in conjunction with Amherst Early Music (17 – 24 July 2011) and Early Music Vancouver (1 – 5 August 2011), as we have recently in odd-numbered years.

      The faculty in Vancouver consisted of Robert Barto, Sylvain Bergeron, Pat O’Brien, Stephen Stubbs, and Grant Tomlinson, with Travis Carey providing instrument maintenance.  The coordinator for the LSA was board member Michael Miranda.

      The focus of the Seminar on the east coast was sacred music of the 16th-century in the Iberian peninsula.  The faculty included Nigel North, Grant Herried, Doug Freundlich, and Christopher Morrongiello.  Phillip Rukavina was the LSA coordinator for this Seminar.

LSA Seminar 2010

      The Lute Society of America Summer Seminar 2010 ran from Sunday afternoon, 27 June, through Saturday morning, 3 July.  The venue was once again Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

      Attendees were able to participate in two to four daily classes or lectures and enjoy one major concert and one shorter recital per day.  Our Pat O’Brien lecturer was Stephen Stubbs.  He was also in charge of another major focus of the week, which was the preparation for a complete performance on Friday evening of Dafne, a very early opera by Marco da Gagliano.

      Faculty for the 2010 Summer Seminar included:

      Many members of the faculty presented concerts or shorter recitals during the week, as indicated above.  In addition, there were recitals by


Retrospectives of Past LSA Seminars

    A photographic record of the great fun that was had by all:

    A more complete listing of the Seminars that have been
sponsored by the Lute Society of America can be found
on our History page.


Other 2015 Seminars with Lute-Related Content

  •  The sixteenth Madison Early Music Festival will take place 11 –18 July with the theme “Slavic Discoveries:  Early Music from Eastern Europe.”  The lute instructor will be Charles Weaver, and the event will feature a performance by Piffaro.
  •  The Mattheiser Sommer-Akademie in Bad Sobernheim, Germany, 13 – 23 August 2015, will feature a master class and concert by Jakob Lindberg.
  •  The thirteenth Atelier de musique ancienne, takes place 23 – 30 August in the Château de Gruyères, Switzerland.  There will be concerts by Ensemble Le Poème Harmonique (with Vincent Dumestre, theorbo & Baroque guitar), Ensemble Le Trio d’Amour (with William Waters, Baroque lute & theorbo), and Ensemble La Chimera (with Eduardo Egüez, theorbo).


Past Events

  •  Photos from the Twelfth Early Music Workshop & Concert Series of the Association Guitare et Luth that took place in Gruyères, Switzerland, 24 – 31 August 2014.  The focus was the construction of a Venitian theorbo under the direction of luthier David van Edwards.
  •  The Third International Festival of Lute Societies (Previously called the European Lute Festival) was held in Gijòn Spain, 16 – 19 July 2011 in conjunction with the 7th annual meeting of the Sociedad de la Vihuela.  Some videos appear on YouTube documenting the recital performed by Phillip Rukavina and Edward Martin, who represented the LSA at that event.
  •  The Second European Lute Festival took place in Füssen im Allgäu, Germany, 21 – 24 May 2010, under the sponsorship of the Deutsche Lautengesellschaft.  In conjunction with the Festival there was also a two-day conference, “Lute making in the Füssen-region and Northern Italy during the 15th – 18th Century, migration and interactions among lute makers.”
  •  Fifth Annual Meeting of the Sociedad de la Vihuela – 30 October – 2 November 2009, Valencia, Spain.
  •  Les Journées du Luth 2008 of the Société de Luth Français – 25, 26 & 27 January 2008, Toulouse.  Masterclasses, concerts and exposition.  Recto (121 KB) & verso (352 KB) of the flyer.
  •  Festival de Luth de la Société de Luth de la Nouvelle-France, 14 – 16 May 2004.

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