For Musicians

Musical Chairs Night

Wednesday, January 23rd

What's Musical Chairs Night? It's a kind of open band, except that you get to play in smaller ensembles. Music for each of the 11 or 12 dances that night will be played by a different combination of musicians.

  • Sign up by January 15th deadline. (See signup links below.)
  • Three or four melody players and one rhythm player will be randomly chosen for each dance. Dance and band assignments will be emailed on the 16th.
  • Please arrive by 7:30 on January 23rd to meet your fellow musicians, set up and tune, etc.
  • You are very welcome to dance when you are not playing.
  • Stay for the entire evening. The final waltz is really fun--the musicians spread around the perimeter and the dancers hear the different instruments as they waltz by.
  • Email Tanya or call at 267-319-5483 if you have any questions.
  • Melody Players Sign-up Form
    Rhythm Players Sign-up Form

    WHEN: 7:30 to 10:15 PM

    WHERE: Merion Friends Activities Building
    615 Montgomery Avenue
    Merion Station, PA 19066

    CALLERS: Liz Snowdon, Jenny Beer, and Michael Wood


      1. Nampwich Fair
      2. Childgrove
      3. Once A Night
      4. Mr Isaac's Maggot
      5. Red House
      6. Shandy Hall
      7. Softly Good Tummas
      8. The Bishop
      9. Dargason
      10. Girl's Best Friend
      11. Apley House
      12. Geud Man of Ballangigh

    Playing Behind the Caller - A Collaboration!NEW DATE!!! Saturday 2/16/19

    A new workshop for musicians.

    Leaders: Ted Rudofker and Barbara Greenberg

    Besides the joy of playing for English Country dancing, musicians collaborate with callers to support their teaching and to enhance the dancers' ability to learn the dance. Come and learn how to successfully "under pin" or "line" the music behind the caller's teaching. We will learn techniques and also have an opportunity for a relaxed coaching session with callers to practice the new skills. Whether or not you decide to play behind the caller for a future dance, this workshop will explore concepts and skills aimed to further develop your understanding of the connection between the musician, the caller and the dancer.

    • All instruments welcome
    • Dances/music announced prior to the workshop
    • Please RSVP to reserve your place at this workshop.

    WHEN: 2:00 to 5:00 PM

    WHERE: Summit Presbyterian Church
    6757 Greene St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19119


      $10. GCD members
      $15. Wed. Night Players
      $20. Full Rate


    Slow Jams

    Sunday January 20, 2019, 2:30 - 5:30pm

    Sunday March 3, 2019, 2:30 - 5:30pm

    Location: Home of Liz Snowdon and Claude Epstein
    Contact Kathy Talvitie for more information.

    Open Band

    The date for the next open band will be 3/13/19.
    The program will be published at a later date.

    Fish and Chips - Tea Dance and Rehearsals

    Rehearsals (in the second floor parlor):

  • Sunday 3/17/19 2:30 - 5:30pm
  • Saturday 3/23/19 2:30 - 5:30pm
  • Tea Dance: Sunday 3/31/18 2:00 - 5:00pm

    WHERE: Summit Presbyterian Church
    6757 Greene St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19119

    Playing for Dancers: Our Vision

    Germantown Country Dancers (GCD) is committed to fostering a vibrant community of English Country Dancing in the Delaware Valley. This works best when dancers, musicians and callers are fully committed to working together.

    GCD offers a variety of workshops for dancers and musicians to achieve this goal, and also looks for other ways to nurture the development of local musicians.

    We hope that our musicians will love playing for our English Country dancers and will join us as a dedicated and appreciated part of our dance community.

    Music Workshops

    Each year GCD provides workshops for musicians. Our purpose is to give musicians an opportunity to learn more about the variety and uniqueness of English Country Dance music. Workshops also explore techniques to help musicians approach the English Country Dance repertoire and to provide great music for dancers. We invite well-known English Country Dance musicians to give workshops on playing for dancing. Past workshop leaders have included Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Barbara Greenberg, Bob Pasquarello and Kate Barnes.

    Playing Music for our Wednesday dances

    The Wednesday Music Committee engages musicians to play for Wednesday evening dances. If you are a skilled musician who is familiar with English Country Dance music, is able to maintain steady rhythms, and can play at dance tempo, you may apply with a band to play for a Wednesday dance. Musicians should also be comfortable playing the tunes on the GCD Repertoire List.

    Open Band Opportunities

    Three times a year for our Wednesday dances we invite both skilled musicians and those who are learning the English Country Dance music genre to play for an “Open Band.” The tune list is available ahead of time, and a rehearsal is often planned before the evening of the dance.

    Fish and Chips

    Fish and Chips provides another opportunity for musicians to work together on the skills needed to play English Country dance music. This rehearsed band, led by Bob Pasquarello, is open to all local musicians. The ensemble meets several times to prepare for an annual GCD dance.


    If you have questions or suggestions about playing for Wednesdays, feel free to contact a member of the Wednesday Music Committee: (, Kirsten Erwin, and ). Questions about workshops? Contact who is responsible for GCD's Music Development.