Boxwood Festivals


March 13-16, 2014

Join us March 13-16, 2014 for a weekend of immersion in traditional music in Historic Williamsburg, VA. Classes, sessions, an evening performance, and private lessons are on offer. The deep connections between traditional music, song, and dance are at the heart of our program this weekend.

David GREENBERG - Cape Breton violin, Baroque violin

David Greenberg's double career as both a baroque violinist and traditional fiddler began at an early age. David studied baroque violin with Stanley Ritchie at Indiana University's Early Music Institute, and moved to Canada in 1988 to join the Toronto-based baroque orchestra Tafelmusik. With Tafelmusik for 10 years, David performed orchestral, chamber, and solo roles in North America, Europe, and the Far East, and on more than forty recordings. David also plays the vielle (medieval fiddle). He won first prize at the Erwin Bodky International Early Music Competition in 1988 with the Medieval Quintet, and he recorded vielle soundtracks for Atom Egoyan's film The Sweet Hereafter. David has gained the reputation in Cape Breton music circles as being one of the few people from outside the Nova Scotia island to have achieved a fluent command of the Cape Breton music idiom. With his wife, Kate Dunlay, he published Traditional Celtic Violin Music of Cape Breton, The DunGreen Collection.

Chris NORMAN - traditional flutes, Scottish small-pipes

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia into a music loving family, Chris Norman's influential work for the past 30 years as performer, composer, teacher and flute maker has won him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on the Oscar winning soundtrack of Titanic and other Hollywood films including, Soldier, and the Stone of Destiny.

“. . .Norman stands out for his spirited eclecticism . . . His rootsy heritage shines through in every nuanced embellishment, trill, triple tonguing, and silky slide. It’s clear that Norman is having a ball, with the chops to make it sound effortless.” -- Billboard Magazine

“ . . .a flute player of spectacular & imaginative virtuosity” -- The New Yorker Magazine

“A flute superstar . . .the musicianship just came wailing out” --Toronto Globe & Mail



Williamsburg schedule:

Beginning pennywhistle class with Chris Norman
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Williamsburg Regional Library 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA
Cost - $15 class (whistles will be $10 if you wish to buy one)
A beginning pennywhistle class open to both kids and adults. Learn the basics of this most portable, sturdy, expressive and ubiquitous musical instrument. In addition to basic technique we'll cover a basic tune from the USA, Scotland, and Ireland. The class will be using pennywhistles in D, and whistles will be available for loan and/or purchase, so just bring your self! Advance registration highly recommended; use on-line form below.

Evening concert with Chris Norman & David Greenberg
Traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and elsewhere.
7:30 pm: Williamsburg Regional Library 515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA
$15 regular/ $10 kids 12 & under, seniors 65 and over, active military AND those registered for the Saturday Workshop.
Tickets will be available at the door, via the registration form below, or at Amory Music in Williamsburg, VA
4436 John Tyler Hwy
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Workshop classes with Chris Norman and David Greenberg
10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7479 Richmond Road,  Williamsburg, VA 23188
Cost - $90 (includes a light lunch of soup & salad - vegan options available)
We'll present three workshop sessions during the day: Two morning classes led independently by Chris Norman & David Greenberg which will focus on flute (Chris) & fiddle (David) respectively, and a third afternoon class with Chris & David all together that will include general repertoire and style for dance tunes, songs, airs & waltzes. This class will flow into a jam session with all participants together. The workshop classes are open to players of all levels and instruments, however please bear in mind that the classes will be geared for those with some proficiency on the flute and violin; beginners are welcome but should be prepared to audit.

Traditional jam session with Chris Norman & David Greenberg
8:00pm - 10:30pm: DoG Street Pub , 401 West Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, VA 23185, 757-29-DOGST
free and open to the public
Join us for a traditional Irish & Scottish session; all are welcome to play, dance, sing a song or listen.

Private lessons with Chris Norman and David Greenberg
Lessons also available Thursday afternoon & evening March 13
9:00 am - 3:00pm; location TBD
$70/hr or $40 for 1/2 hr.
Chris & David will be on hand for private lessons for individuals or groups on Thursday & Sunday. Please specify the time you'd like on the registration form below and we'll be back in touch to confirm the time and location

How to Register:

Registration is an easy 2-step process:

Step 1: Complete the registration form below. Be sure to scroll all the way down and click 'SUBMIT'.

Step 2: Pay . To keep tuition costs down and to keep our funds flowing into our programming rather than credit card companies & banks, we prefer that you pay by cheque or PayPal balance. Cheques should be made payable to BOXWOOD in USD. You may mail your cheque to the address below:

Cherry Robinson
416 River's Edge
Williamsburg, VA 23185

PayPal payments from a US PayPal balance (not PayPal via Credit Card) are free for the sender & receiver if sent as 'I'm sending money to family and friends', to boxwoodfestival (at) We can accommodate Credit Card payments upon request (add 3%). Indicate your preference on the registration form below.

That's it! We'll be in touch with further details as the week approaches. If you're planning to come, please fill the form out ASAP so we can plan early. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis upon receipt of both a registration form and payment.


We're offered a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Williamsburg, 515 Bypass Rd Williamsburg, Virginia 23185, 1-800-315-262. We gave it a try and the regular room rate came up as $109 and the suite at $129. It's a nice place to stay. Here is a direct link for the discount: The lessons will take place there and we may have a few after hours sessions as well.

Aside from that, here are tons of places to stay in Williamsburg.Visit the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce for more details

Thank You:

Boxwood's Williamsburg Traditional Music Weekend is made possible with the support of:

Flute Frenzy Association

The Williamsburg Regional Library

Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church

DoG Street Pub

Amory Music

Susan Lawlor, Cherry Robinson, Margaret Carlson and all of Boxwood's donors & supporters. Thank You!