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2021 Workshop
September 3–5, 2021

"Return Fond Muse"

Lisle Kulbach, Larry Lipnik, Jody Miller, and Phil Hollar

The Bloom Early Music Workshop will be held in-person September 3-5, 2021, at the historic St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the heart of downtown Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  This year's theme, "Return Fond Muse," celebrates the return to making music with others.

Participants and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Distancing and safety rules that adhere to CDC guidelines and state and local guidelines will be observed.  The workshop organizers reserve the right to limit the number of accepted registrants for workshop safety and/or efficacy.

Since 2005, the Bloom Early Music Workshop has given early music enthusiasts an opportunity to learn and perform some of the most outstanding ensemble repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.  The scenic backdrop of the Susquehanna Valley provides the ideal location to make new friends and to make music with the many longtime Bloom participants.

A balance of large-group playing (often called the "Big Blow & Bow"), structured consort classes, and informal jam sessions gives every musician a chance to learn in a variety of settings.  The instructors and participants are welcoming and nurturing, even often inviting members of the local community to come sing with us during the Big Blow & Bow sessions.  Class offerings are tailored to the mix of people who register.  Sessions for singers, viols, and recorders are common (and in various combinations), but we also welcome early brass, plucked and bowed strings, and other early wind instruments as appropriate.  We offer a warm and inviting atmosphere for musicians to develop their skills.

Standard program

Musicians who participate in the workshop are generally at a solid intermediate level.  Classes can be mixed consorts (voices and viols, for instance) or they can be like-instrument groups.  Though the majority of participants are singers, recorder players, or viol players, we welcome musicians who have a comfortable level of competency on other instruments as well.  It is not uncommon to see lutes, capped reeds, or early brass in the classes.

Emerging recorder program

Recorder players who have just begun playing over the past year or two–or who could use a gentle but meaningful refresher to get you back to the intermediate level–are invited to join us for the Emerging Recorder program.  We'll focus on basic pedagogy through ensemble repertoire appropriate for recorder players who haven't yet reached the intermediate level.  This judgment-free environment will help foster confidence and improvement, hopefully opening up a whole world of exciting future workshop possibilities.

We invite you to register today.  Space is limited.

Click here to be taken to the Bloom registration form.

Click here to meet the faculty.

Workshop Details

Date:  Friday, September 3–Sunday, September 5

Workshop Registration Fee:  $145 (covers tuition and all on-site refreshments and meals)

Registration Deadline:  August 15 (late registrations may be accepted based on space remaining)

Workstudy Application Deadline:  August 15

Workshop participants can explore the many lodging options in the Bloomsburg area.  Click here for a partial list of hotels, motels, beds & breakfasts, and campgrounds nearby.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, September 3

4:00–6:00 PM, Check in at St. Matthew Lutheran Church; potluck dinner and social time (optional: bring a potluck item to share)

7:00–8:30 PM, Large group playing session

Saturday, September 4

7:30–8:45 AM, Light breakfast of pastries, coffee, and juice

9:00–10:30 AM, 1st class session

11:00 AM–12:30 PM, 2nd class session

12:30–2:00 PM, Lunch at the church

2:00–3:30 PM, 3rd class session

4:00–5:00 PM, Guided ensemble playing with faculty

5:00–7:00 PM, Dinner on your own (not included in workshop package)

7:30–9:00 PM, Large group playing session

Sunday, September 5

8:30–9:45, Light breakfast of pastries, coffee, and juice

10:15 AM-12:30 PM, Large group playing session with workshop performance to close

In-person private lessons available for $75 per hour.  Please contact the teacher directly to request a lesson.  Click here for faculty information.

Workshop Music

Workshop music for the class sessions will be provided by each instructor at the workshop.

The music for the Big Blow & Bow large group evening playing sessions will be available about a week in advance.  Partcipants may download the "BBB" music to read on an electronic tablet or to print.  If a participant chooses, a printed and bound copy of the "BBB" music is available for $10.  Please reserve your copy on the payments page.

What To Bring

Central Pennsylvania evenings can be chilly, even in early September.  Plan your clothing accordingly.

For music sessions, please bring the items below that are applicable to you.  Please label your belongings.

–music stand

–music stand light

–instrument stand

–pencil and notepad

–binder for music

–spare strings

Finally, don't forget to label your belongings.

Workstudy Assistance

Workstudy assistance is available through the Barry Moyer Workstudy Fund.  Two awards of full tuition (including the meals and refreshments that are part of the workshop package) will be given.  Recipients will still be responsible for other meals and for lodging.  

Click HERE to access the workstudy application.

All workshop participants have the opportunity to perpetuate the Barry Moyer Workstudy Fund by making a donation at the time of workshop payment.  We encourage your donation.  Since Mountain Collegium is a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Bloom Early Music Workshop – a brief history

Over a decade ago Dwayne Heisler started a three-day workshop in his home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.  The rural backdrop became a yearly destination to early musicians from up and down the east coast.  The workshop began with Lisle Kulbach as the sole instructor, then grew to include Larry Lipnik.  Jody Miller came on board and the three have been the trio of instructors for years.

In 2021, Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop assumed duties to run the Bloom Early Music Workshop.  The three directors, along with Susan Schwartz and Phil Hollar, began making plans for continuing the workshop in Bloomsburg, PA, after Dwayne Heisler decided he wished to retire from running and hosting the workshop.  No workshop was offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the workshop resumes September 3–5, 2021.

Please sign up for the workshop mailing list HERE.