Please join us for the 17th edition of the Carlo Aonzo Mandolin Workshop, this year again with Rene Izquierdo as the Assistant Conductor.  

For 2017, the workshop will be in Milwaukee, WI, not Manhattan!

The dates are Thursday through Sunday, June 1-4, 2017.

 Is This Workshop for you?

  • We play classical music, including some music written specifically for mandolins
  • This workshop is geared to intermediate and stronger players.  If you are at a level lower than intermediate but want to attend, please contact us.  It is possible.
  • We keep the workshop small, no more than 42 attendees, so you will get plenty of attention from Carlo
  • The group is very friendly and welcoming, and first timers always enjoy the experience, both musically and personally
  • We distribute sheet music many months in advance and we expect you to prepare it and master it to the best of your ability.  This is not a sight reading workshop and is not appropriate for people who want to sight read.
  • The workshop consists of four days of mandolin orchestra rehearsal with 6 actual hours of instruction each day.  The last day includes the recital.

The Music  

We have a wonderful program planned consisting of the following pieces:

  • Bach - Brandenburg Concerto #3
  • Bach - Art of the Fugue #1 & #12
  • Vivaldi - "Concerto in F Major" for orchestra
  • Niccolò Massa (Italian Romantic repertoire) - Luna e Amore
  • John Goodin (a world premiere written for us!) - Driftless

As you can see, the workshop will be very intensive!  We will study all the pieces and play them at an informal recital at the end of the workshop. The recital is open to the public. Please invite your friends. 

We understand that some people who want to attend the workshop may not be able to attend on Thursday because of work constraints.  If you are in this situation, please contact us and we'll try to make an arrangement.  However, the workshop fee will remain the same.


MANDOLA AND MANDOCELLO

Mandocellists and mandolists are especially encouraged to attend.

Please note: music for mandolas is provided in alto clef. Please ask for octave mandolin parts (treble clef) and transposing parts (alto mandola in treble clef) if needed.

Music for mandocello is provided in bass clef, please ask for transposing parts if needed.

GUITARS

Guitars play the mandocello parts transposed to treble clef when there is no specific guitar parts.

EVENING ACTIVITIES - Milwaukee Mandolin Mini-Festival!

We are still working on finalizing details, but it looks like we will have our very own mandolin festival:

  • Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin, who are touring during that time, will make a stop in Milwaukee to join us for a concert on Thursday night, June 1
  • Carlo Aonzo and Rene Izquierdo will present a concert Friday night, June 2
  • Don Stiernberg and his trio will play Saturday night, June 3

All evening activities are optional - but why would you want to miss seeing four of the world's best mandolinists over three nights?  Tickets for these concerts will be sold separately, but at a discount for workshop attendees.  

We encourage you to join us for the group dinners before the workshop starts and after the recital.

FEES

The fee for the workshop is $560 for four days,  24 hours of instruction.  The fee does not include food or housing. For prior-year attendees who register on or before Dec 31, 2016, the fee will be $520.  For students under 25, the fee is $480.

GROUP ASSIGNMENT

After you have successfully registered, you will be assigned to one of two groups - either Calace or Munier.  

In terms of difficulty, the music is divided equally between the two groups.  For some pieces, the Calace will play the first mandolin part and Munier the second; in other pieces Munier will play first and Calace second.

At some point, you will have access to a Dropbox link to download the music for your group.  (This won't be for a while, though.)

REQUESTING TO BE IN A SPECIFIC GROUP

We often have more than one person from the same city coming to the workshop.  

Sometimes they want to be in the same group, so they can practice together. Sometimes they want to be in a different group, so they can practice together and hear the different parts.  

If you have a preference about being (or not being) in a group with a specific person, please let us know in the comments section when you register, or after the fact via the contact us page.

HOUSING

On a first-come basis, attendees may rent an apartment in the same building as our rehearsals.  Attendees may also stay at any number of hotels in downtown Milwaukee, located some two miles away.   See full details in our Lodging section.

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE

We will start the workshop at 9:30am on Thursday June 1, so make sure you're in Milwaukee by then!  

Our recital on Sunday June 4 will be followed by a group dinner.

So, for the full experience, count on arriving in Milwaukee on Wednesday May 31 and leaving Monday June 5.

MEALS

You are on your own for meals.  However, groups frequently join up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  There are many restaurants within a two-mile area of our rehearsal space.

EXPECTATIONS

You will prepare and master the music before the workshop to the best of your ability.  This is not a sight-reading workshop.

You will attend all rehearsals Thursday through Sunday (except Thursday exception as described above).  All evening activities are optional.