Memorial Day Weekend Workshop May 22-25, 2020 Litchfield, Connecticut. Classes available for singers with no audition necessary.
Amherst Early Music Festival 2020
Baroque Academy July 5-12, 2020
This high-level program for advanced solo singers offers the opportunity to gain valuable pre-professional experience in Baroque repertoire and historical performance practice. There are two options for singers within the Baroque Academy:
The Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program
Chamber Music The Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program includes daily masterclasses, chamber music coachings on repertoire for solo voice with period instruments; specialized classes that delve deep into solo repertoire, style, and ornamentation of the Baroque era. Audition deadline April 1, 2020.
Baroque Academy Opera Project
DAFNE by Reutter
Inspired by Ovid's literary classic, The Metamorphoses, the opera recounts the myth of the nymph Daphne, her desperate flight from a lust-maddened Apollo, and her magical transformation. Composed by Georg Reutter in 1734, fully staged with Baroque orchestra. This will be the opera's U.S. premiere. The Baroque Academy Opera Project offers the experience of performing a role in a fully-staged Baroque opera. Emphasis on Baroque gesture, historical singing style and pronunciation, rhetoric, and acting. Audition deadline April 1, 2020.
Ensemble Singing Intensive July 12-19, 2020 directed by Michael Barrett The Ensemble Singing Intensive is a unique program that offers advanced singers the opportunity to sing one-on-a-part ensemble repertoire from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Students will work on skills essential to the modern singer of early music by participating in daily ensemble coachings, presenting in ensemble masterclasses, and performing. Audition deadline: April 1, 2020.
Medieval Project with Benjamin Bagby July 12-19, 2020
An intensive course focusing on the music of the composer Oswald von Wolkenstein. (for singers and instrumentalists). Audition deadline April 1, 2020.
Central Program July 5-12, and 12-19, 2020
Whether you are a soloist or an ensemble singer, the Amherst Early Music Festival has a diverse range of offerings to suit many levels and areas of interest. During the 2020 Festival, singers will explore vocal topics on Music from the German Lands, from the Medieval to the Baroque. Sing in a vocal ensemble or an ensemble with voices and instruments, or take a class on vocal technique in early music. The Central Program runs both weeks of the Festival, and no audition is required.
Choral Workshop July 5-12, 2020, directed by Kent Tritle The Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival, in New London CT is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance, within the context of the largest early music festival in the United States. Participants will spend the week singing in an ensemble with highly acclaimed choral conductor Kent Tritle. He will be assisted by five professional section leaders, SATTB, and an accompanist. The week will conclude with a festival performance. Audition required; see Choral Workshop page. No due date but program may fill.
Winter Weekend Workshop January 15-18, 2021 in historic Philadelphia and Rutgers-Camden Classes available for singers with no audition necessary. TBA
Voices-and-Lutes Project TBA.