Corelli JAM!

NEW 2022 DATE!

Corelli Jam Youth String Workshop

August 26

10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Lions Club Hall, 103 Bonnet Ave, Salt Spring Island

Tuition $60 (includes lunch)

Covid-19:  All participants and audience members will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (BC Vaccine Card).  Masks will be required when moving around inside the venue.  Players will be placed 6 feet apart, and the room will be well ventilated.  Hand sanitizer will be available.  If the workshop is canceled due to Covid-19, or a participant becomes ill and cannot attend, tuition will be fully refunded. 

Corelli JAM! is a one-day string workshop for young musicians that will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 10:00 am – 6:30 pm at the Lions Hall (103 Bonnet Avenue) on Salt Spring Island. This workshop is specifically designed for young violinists and cellists, and will be an introduction to baroque music for students who are reasonably proficient on their instruments, but are new to the concept of baroque performance practice.  

The participants will play through two of Arcangelo Corelli’s trio sonatas, and one of Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, in an informal and supportive atmosphere.   Students will be coached by local professionals on violin (Carolyn Hatch and Paul Luchkow, and on cello (Paula Kiffner), and the cellists will have the opportunity to learn about basso continuo playing.  

Harpsichordist Marco Vitale will lead the workshop, play alongside the students, and give a short lecture on historical aspects of baroque music.  The workshop will conclude with an informal read-through for parents and interested members of the public.

PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE (subject to change)

10:00-11:00   Work on one Corelli trio sonata (exact piece TBA)
11:00-12:00   Work on another Corelli trio sonata (exact piece TBA)
12:00-1:00     Lunch – provided
1:00-2:00       Lecture on Baroque music by Marco Vitale
2:00-3:00      Coaching on playing basso continuo with Paula & Marco
                         Coaching on playing the high parts with Carolyn & Paul
3:00-3:30       Snacks!
3:30-5:00       Work on a Corelli Concerto Grosso (exact piece TBA)
5:30-6:30       Play through for parents and interested locals
6:30                End of workshop      

Listening links


Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day, on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Western Canada’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver. At home on Vancouver Island, he performs regularly with Victoria Baroque, Victoria Symphony, the Early Music Society of the Islands, as well as at Victoria’s Pacific Baroque Festival.

Carolyn Hatch is a violin teacher and fiddler, living and teaching on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. She studied violin and violin pedagogy with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan and with Paul Rolland from the University of Illinois where she graduated with a Masters Degree in violin performance. Although classically trained she began adding fiddle tunes to her teaching while in Calgary, Alberta and founded the now famous Calgary Fiddlers. She has been teaching full time for over 43 years. For the past 10 years, Carolyn has become interested in playing and teaching Baroque music.  She regularly teaches baroque music to her students and performs it with them.  She loves playing baroque music on Salt Spring Island, has played in local Baroque music ensembles, and has attended workshops on Baroque performance practice.  In 2020, Carolyn founded BESSI, the Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island.

Cellist Paula Kiffner earned music performance degrees from Ohio State University and Peabody Conservatory.  While at Peabody she was principal cellist of the Annapolis Symphony and a member of the Washington Theater Chamber Players, both under the artistic direction of Leon Fleisher.  Her teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates.

A former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kiffner has also performed as guest principal cellist of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and appears frequently as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the Pacific
Northwest.  Her performances have been heard on CBC Radio (Canada) and KING FM (Seattle).

Ms. Kiffner also works with youth orchestras in Canada and the US, and has served as guest artist and teacher at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria.  She is a faculty member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Harpsichordist, organist and music director Marco Vitale was born in Palermo, Italy. After finishing studies in his hometown, he attended the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague where he studied harpsichord with Ton Koopman and organ with Jos van der Kooy, graduating with a master’s degree in Early Music. Throughout his career Marco has performed at the most prestigious venues and festivals throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Asia.  From 2008-2011 Marco Vitale worked at the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria, where he taught early music performance practice and performed concerts together with Syrian musicians.

He is the co-founder and musical director of Contrasto Armonico, an ensemble specializing in Baroque operas and the performance of music in the Italian style, using period instruments and historically informed performance practices. In 2012 he founded his own record label ayros, which features recordings by Contrasto Armonico and other artists. In a collaboration with ayros, Marco is currently involved in recording the Complete Italian Cantatas by Handel, a thrilling project that will bring to light many undiscovered jewels of Handel’s which have yet to be either edited or recorded. Marco has appeared on several radio and TV broadcasts, including the specialized music channel In addition to ayros, he has recorded for Alia Vox, Naïve, and Brilliant Classics.

Mr. Vitale appeared as a guest conductor of the Warsaw Chamber Opera between 2015 and 2017, performing a variety of repertoire from Monteverdi madrigals to Mozart symphonies. In 2016-2017 he revived the opera Semiramide riconosciuta by Leonardo Vinci, conducting from the harpsichord at the Baroque Opera festival in Warsaw. This was the first time in three centuries that this opera had been performed.

In 2018 he composed Il ratto di Helena, an opera in 17th century style based on a libretto written by Virgilio Puccitelli (1636). The opera was commissioned by The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and performed in Vilnius in celebration of 100 years of Lithuanian independence.

Marco gives masterclasses in harpsichord and Early Music performance practice. He is the artistic director of the Arcadia Early Music Academy workshop in Poland and teaches at La Pellegrina summer school in the Czech Republic. He gives masterclasses, lectures and workshops at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Fondazione Paolo Grassi in Martina Franca (Italy), ESMUC in Barcelona, the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and the University of Victoria in BC. Since 2017 Marco has been the music director of the Denman Baroque Workshop & Festival organized by Andrew Fyson and Robert Newton, which takes place every spring on Denman Island, British Columbia.  Marco performs regularly with Jordi Savall’s ensembles Le Concert des Nations & Hespèrion XXI.

In January 2020 he toured British Columbia performing 15 harpsichord recitals, driving throughout the province braving snowstorms and the Coquihalla Highway. 

Since 2020 he has been the artistic director of the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society.

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April 11, 2021



Francesco Maria Veracini   Sonata in a minor
Overtura / allegro, Allegro, Paesana, Largo, Giga “Postiglione”

Georg Philipp Telemann  Sonata in b minor
Tafelmusik I | TWV 41:h4
Cantabile, Allegro, Dolce, Allegro

Antoine Forqueray    La Bellmont / La Buisson (Chaconne)

 Johann Sebastian Bach    Trio-Sonata in F major BWV 525
[No tempo marking], Adagio, Allegro


Romeo Ciuffa, recorders
Marco Vitale, harpsichord