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Bloom Workshop 2022
September 2-4, 2022

The Bloom Early Music Workshop will reopen in person this year with a new sponsor, a new location, and an addtional track for emerging recorder players.  This year's workshop will be held September 2–4, 2022,  at the historic St. Matthew Lutheran Church in the heart of downtown Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.  Its theme, "Return Fond Muse," celebrates the return to making music with others.

Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Music Workshop has taken the Bloomsburg workshop under its wing after the retirement of Bloom Early Music Workshop founder Dwayne Heisler.  Longtime instructors Lisle Kulbach, Larry Lipnik and Jody Miller have teamed up with a new instructor, Phil Hollar, to offer the three-day musical retreat early musicians have enjoyed for more than 15 years.

Participants and faculty must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Participants are required to administer an at-home antigen test prior to leaving for the workshop.  The workshop organizers reserve the right to limit the number of accepted registrants for workshop safety and/or efficacy. Any state or local guidelines in effect at the time of the workshop will be observed.

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 viols, recorders, and singers 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 recorder players, viol players or singers, 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 2–Sunday, September 4

Workshop Registration Fee:  $185 (covers tuition, Friday night dinner, Saturday light breakfast, Saturday lunch, Sunday light breakfast, coffee, tea)

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 2

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

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

Saturday, September 3

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 4

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.  Participants 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

Because of COVID, please bring one or more well-fitting face masks and several COVID tests. We require all participants to test for COVID within 24 hours before arriving at the workshop.

Finally, don't forget to label your belongings.

Safety and Vaccination

The Bloom Workshop will require full vaccination for all participants and faculty.  Full vaccination is, at this time, a minimum of one booster beyond the initial vaccination regimen. We will be asking all to attest to their status at check-in. Participants will be provided with the option of wearing a visible indication that they want to maintain social distancing from others and would like for others to mask-up when engaging with them. Participants who are comfortable not wearing masks are requested to honor this choice and to carry a mask with them at all times. Masking is encouraged in enclosed common areas where social distancing is not practical. We are aware that wind players will be unmasked while playing and all participants will be unmasked while eating.  All participants are required to administer an at-home antigen test within 24 hours prior to arrival at the workshop. We thank you in advance for considering the health, safety, and comfort of all attendees. We will encourage  participants who are feeling ill during the workshop week to self-test and refrain from attending any group function. We will have a limited set of masks and test kits available on site.

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 northeastern 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. For a few years, the workshop welcomed a rotating roster of teachers before settling on a steady trio of instructors: Lisle Kulbach, Larry Lipnik and Jody Miller.

In 2020, Mountain Collegium Early Music & Folk Workshop took the workshop under its wing after Dwayne Heisler decided to retire from running it. The three instructors teamed up with Phil Hollar and Susan Schwartz to continue the workshop in Bloomsburg.  Those plans were interrupted in 2020 and 2021 by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this year the workshop resumes September 2–4, 2022, in a new location—historic St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in downtown Bloomsburg. It also offers new classes for emerging recorder players led by Phil Hollar, in addition to the more advanced classes workshop participants have enjoyed for years.

Please sign up for the workshop mailing list HERE.