In 2014 Catacoustic was fortunate enough to be able to award two scholarships, to two young music students to purchase their own viols. Here's what both of them have been up to this past year.
Thanks to the generous scholarship from Catacoustic Consort last
spring, my early music life has started to blossom. The scholarship
allowed me to purchase a beautiful seven-string bass viol and it has
been a catalyst for many opportunities in the early
music community this year. In September and April, I was fortunate
enough to participate in two of Catacoustic's performances, "He Who
Sings, Prays Twice" and "The Turn of the Year," both of which were
monumentally inspiring experiences. In February, I participated
in two different events as part of Cincinnati's Early Music Festival: a
set of four intimate concerts of assorted viol trios in local public
libraries, and a rousing performance of "The Cries of London" by Orlando
Gibbons during Classical Revolution at Northside
Tavern. While wrapping up my master's degree in viola performance
at CCM, I played in two viol consort performances as a part of the Early
Music Lab and played the bass lines for a student performance of
Strozzi's "Hor che Apollo." It has been quite a busy
I owe a huge thanks to Catacoustic Consort for their generous
scholarship. Purchasing my own instrument has served as a gateway to so
many opportunities, and it wouldn't have been possible without their
help. I'd also like to thank my teacher, Annalisa Pappano,
who has been such a strong source of support, inspiration, and
encouragement over the past several years!
And from Cole:
I am so fortunate to have been one of the 2014 recipients of the Catacoustic scholarship. With the money received, I was able to purchase my first viola da gamba. In the past three years, I have grown increasingly close to this instrument. Its music, its history, its society, from my first encounter to the present, have been a source of intrigue and delight.
Experiencing the cantata cycle Membra Jesu nostri with Catacoustic this fall was a remarkable experience that I will treasure always. It was a privilege to work with Annalisa and her colleagues on such a fantastic work.
At the moment, I am pursuing a music career, however small, focusing on bringing the gamba and Baroque performance practice to the rural Midwest (my home). I am excited to bring the fascination I have developed for this music and culture to an equally interested group in eastern Iowa.