Boxwood Australia


November 11 - 13, 2016

Boxwood returns to Queenscliff November 11-13, 2016 for a weekend of immersion in traditional music. Classes, sessions, an evening performance, a ceili, and private lessons are on offer. The deep connections between traditional music, song, and dance are at the heart of our program this weekend.

While our weekend emphasizes the flutes, whistles, pipes & fiddle, the Boxwood encourages a multidisciplinary approach, inviting a variety of artists, students and players of all instruments at all levels - novice and experienced. All instruments are welcome!

2016 Performers and Guest Artists:

Pricing Structure

Prices for the 2016 Boxwood Queensciff are in Australian dollars (AUD):

Full Tuition: $220 - Includes classes, public programs, activities and meals.

Work Study: $120 - Includes classes, public programs, activities and meals. Work Study participants assist with meal preparation and tidy-up.

Guest Pass: $120 - Guest Passes include meals, activities and admission to the Sunday afternoon concert. No classes are included.
The guest pass is reserved for guests and family of Boxwood participants.

A La Carte:
A La Carte pricing for a day rate is available:

• Saturday Only: $90 - Includes Saturday classes, activities and meals.
• Sunday Only: $90 - Includes Sunday classes, activities, concert and meals.


Lodging & Billeting

Whitehall Guesthouse is a historic guesthouse specifically renovated for group accommodation. There is a large choice of queen or single beds in individual or shared rooms. Bathrooms are either en suite or shared by a small number of other people. There are plenty of options and lodgers will be able to choose their own room upon arrival. Bed linen is provided but BYO towel.

Lodging is $100 per person for the whole weekend or $75 per person for one night only. Please give us a count of people for each night in your registration below.

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 . You will receive payment details for a direct transfer in your confirmation email.

That's it! We'll be in touch with further details as the weekend 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.

Registration is closed!

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. David has co-founded several music ensembles, including the Medieval Quintet, Puirt A Baroque, Ferintosh, Tempest Baroque Ensemble, and Vortex 3. Currently, he performs mainly with Chris Norman, Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, and Red Priest. David is featured on dozens of recordings, including those with Seattle Baroque, Apollo's Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Les Voix Humaines, La Nef, Toronto Consort, Symphony Nova Scotia, Doug MacPhee, Suzie LeBlanc, and Concerto Caledonia. His latest release (2010) is entitled Let Me In This Ae Night, with Chris Norman..

Chris NORMAN - director, traditional & early flutes, small pipes, song

  Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia into a music loving family, Chris’ influential work as performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and flutemaker has earned him worldwide recognition. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on numerous Hollywood soundtracks. Chris is founder and director of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops taking place for the past 20 years in Canada, New Zealand, and the US, inspiring thousands of musicians of all ages. As a flute maker, he brings to bear a discernment forged over a 30-year career to make world-class flutes for traditional, baroque and renaissance music. The Senate of Dalhousie University voted to award Chris a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in 2015 in recognition of his artistic achievements and contributions to the community.

“. . .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



Registration for Boxwood 2016 is limited and is filled on a first come first serve basis upon full payment of tuition. Places cannot be held with a deposit. No Refunds will be made after November 1, 2016. Refund requests made on or before November 1, 2016 will receive a refund within 30 days of receipt of the full amount paid minus a $50 administrative charge. There are no refunds for work study participants. Cancellations prior to this time will be subject to the abovementioned $50 administrative charge.

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