Early music by  Alberta community members

February 25, 2017

Harpsichord Maintenance

Harpsichord builder Craig Tomlinson from Vancouver will be coming to Edmonton in the later part of February to service harpsichords in need of help.
He will also be conducting a workshop on harpsichord maintenance and small repairs. The workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Winspear in the “Studio” Please come to the stage entrance. There will be a sign in sheet with the names of all those who register.

The workshop will be divided into two sessions:
10:00 – 12:30
General workshop covering all of the basics such as stringing, voicing and regulation, caring for instruments, keyboard issues and general problem solving. Fee $45
1:30 – 3:30

Practicing the finer aspects of cutting quills and making perfect wire loops. Fee $25

You can register by contacting Charlotte Rekken: 780 963 7753  email

Edmonton Community Presents



I lead a baroque chamber ensemble for amateur musicians.
We are mixed instrumental ensemble of strings, woodwinds, and harpsichord, which started in September 2014.

We’re looking to add a few players this year, especially oboe and viola. If you think this might be of interest to any of your students, or other musicians you know, please feel free to pass on my contact information.

I’ve included a poster and some leaflets that can be handed out if you think students or other musicians you know might be interested in following up with me.

There are 2 ensembles, both of which are mainly adult players, although keen youths are welcome.
1) “Intermediate Ensemble” – around grade 4-6 level Toronto Conservatory
2) “Advanced Ensemble” – around grade 6-8 level Toronto Conservatory

Rehearsal night is TBA, depending on what works best for players.
The ensemble is informal and un-conducted; it is about getting together with other players and playing for fun with an emphasis on sight-reading.
The advanced group works in more detail on pieces and prepares them for performance at small community events. Players may take turns leading the ensemble and preparing the group for performance.


Lori Klingbeil, B.Mus (Organ, 1986)
cell: (780) 938-1685

Edmonton Community Presents


A new early music ensemble in Edmonton

A new early music ensemble in Edmonton under the artistic direction of early music specialist Josephine van Lier.
The ensemble, a sister ensemble to La Folia, Edmonton’s baroque string ensemble (, will be dedicated to the historically informed performance practice of music from the renaissance, baroque and classical eras.
Ciaconna ensemble will start its first rehearsal in January 2016.

Ciacconna Ensemble is an ensemble consisting of intermediate to advanced amateur musicians and semi-professionals. These are musicians playing strings, winds and continuo instruments.
Weekly rehearsals will be on Tuesday evening from 6PM to 8PM
If you are unable to come on Tuesdays but would like to join, please do continue filling out the form below. Alternate days may be considered.

Rehearsals will be at the Concordia Seminary Chapel in Edmonton

The costs will be $600-$750 per year depending on the size of the ensemble. This will be $60-$75 per month spread over 10 monthly payments. The first season will be between January and early June. The cost for this inaugural season will be $360-$450 or 6 monthly payments of $60-$75 depending on the ensemble’s size.

Who can apply?
Intermediate to advanced amateur musicians and semi-professionals.
We are looking for”
strings (violins, violas, cellos, viola da gambas, bass)
winds (oboes, recorders, flutes, sackbuts, trumpets)
continuo instruments (harpsichord, lutes, etc)

All instruments must be able to play at A-415.

How can you apply?
Intermediate to advanced amateur musicians who would like to play early music in a historically informed manner can contact Josephine van Lier to schedule an audition.

What kind of instrument should I bring? Baroque/Modern?
The ensemble will strive to play music from the renaissance, baroque and classical eras in a  historically informed manner . The tuning will be mostly A-415.  Period instruments and set-ups are encouraged but not essential.

There will be three concerts per year. This first season there will be two performances.

Are you interested?
Please fill out this form:
If you have any questions, contact:
Josephine van Lier
Phone: 780-240-9623

Do you know someone who might be interested? Just forward this form…



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