The Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA), as part of its Consort Loan Program, has generously loaned Bach Academy faculty member Dr. Phillip Serna five viols to start a viol consort program at The J.S. Bach Academy of Music at Bethany Lutheran Church & School launching this Fall with consort sessions on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:00.
What is a viol?
A family of 'bowed guitars' popular from the Renaissance through Baroque periods, the viol/ viola da gamba family developed in Spain in the early 1400s. Similar to the cello, the viol, or viola da gamba, is played between the legs (hence 'viola da gamba', literally 'leg-viol'). https://vdgsa.org/pgs/the_viol.html and here.
What does a student viol consort sound like?
Here are some examples!
Henry Purcell (1659-1695) - In nomine a7 in g-minor, Z.747, Edward Blankes (c.1550-1633) - Fantasia a3 No.1 & Anthony Holborne (c.1545-1602) - Music from Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other Short Aeirs (Performances of Dr. Serna's students at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL)
Who will be directing the viol consort?
Bach Academy faculty member Dr. Phillip Serna will direct our the Bach Academy Viols. You can find out more about Dr. Serna here!