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2023 Bloom Early Music Workshop

September 1–3, 2023

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, PA

with Lisle Kulbach, Larry Lipnik, Jody Miller, & Phil Hollar

Registration begins June 2023

Bloom Early Music Workshop – a brief history

Over a decade ago Dwayne Heisler started a three-day workshop at his home in Pennsylvania's scenic Susquehanna River Valley.  The countryside is home to many Amish farms and more than 20 covered bridges, some of which have picnic areas with tables painted by local artists.  Nearby Knoebels Amusement Resort is home to historic carousels, amusement park organs, roller coasters, and other attractions—all for free parking and admission, as you pay only for what you ride!  The rural backdrop became a yearly destination to early musicians from up and down the east coast.  Bloom's first instructor was Lisle Kulbach, but numbers grew and Larry Lipnik was added a few years later.  Jody Miller then came on board, and the three have led the workshop classes ever since.

In 2020, Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop assumed duties to run the Bloom Early Music Workshop after Dwayne Heisler decided he wished to retire from hosting it.  The three directors, along with Susan Schwartz and Phil Hollar, began making plans for continuing the workshop in historic St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg, PA.  No workshop was offered in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and an effort to return in 2021 was canceled due to another wave of the pandemic.  The workshop resumed in 2022 at St. Matthew's, adding a more fomalized finale performance open to the community.

Please sign up for the workshop mailing list HERE.