The Houston Chapter of the VdGSA is pleased to offer private lessons with famed teacher Sarah Mead. If you are interested in taking a lesson with Sarah Mead on one or more of these dates, please contact Pedro Funesfor scheduling.
Lessons with Sarah Mead Spring 2018
May 17 - 20
Lesson with Wendy Gillespie
May 3- 5
ABOUT SARAH MEAD Sarah Mead teaches, performs, and proselytizes polyphony in the Boston area. The 2007 winner of the Thomas Binkley Award from Early Music America, she is Professor of the Practice of Music at Brandeis University, and has taught sixteenth-century theory and performance practice at the Longy School of Music. Her handbook on Renaissance Theory is used in historical music programs around the country. Overseas she has been a guest tutor at Trinity College of Music in London and the Easter Viol School in Australia. She serves on the Boards of the VdGSA and EMA, and is Conclave Music Director for the Viola da Gamba Society of America.
ABOUT WENDY GILLESPIE
Wendy Gillespie has organized and taught at workshops and seminars in early music performance all over the United States and elsewhere, including the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and New Zealand. In addition to being the chair of Historical Performance at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, she is Past President of the VdGSA and a member of the EMA Higher Education Committee. A native New Yorker, Gillespie has performed medieval, renaissance, baroque and contemporary music with ensembles ranging from the English Concert to Ensemble Sequentia and has participated in more than 100 recordings for hmUSA, EMI, Virgin Classics, BIS, Channel Classics, Avie, and other labels. With her colleagues, she has shared three Gramophone awards, several Gramophone and Grammy nominations, and a French Grand Prix du Disque. In 2010, Gillespie received the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding director of a college early music program, and in 2011 she received the distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award from her alma mater, Wellesley College.
VIOL LESSONS with Pedro Funes Also viol lessons are offered on a regular basis in the Houston area with Pedro Funes.
About Pedro Funes Pedro Funes received his Master’s Degree in Early Music at Indiana University, where he was the recipient of an Associate Instructorship, studying viola gamba and vielle with Wendy Gillespie. Previous teachers include Mary Springfels and Carter Crawford. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Houston on double bass and studied with Dennis Whittaker. He currently is the Assistant Orchestra Director at Oak Ridge HS in Conroe ISD. In past summers he has attended the Texas Music Festival, Gark Karr Kamp, VdGSA Conclave, and Tafelmusik Baroque Institute. He has performed with Ars Lyrica, Austin Troubadours, Texas Early Music Project, Principal Bass with Austin Baroque Orchestra and is a founding member of Les Touches. He currently is the President of Viols of Houston and of Houston Early Music. He is also the Director of Aquila Di Guerra the viol ensemble at Oak Ridge HS, which has performed at Boston Early Music Festival in Summer 2017.