Amherst Early Music Festival Overview

July  5-12, 12-19, 2020
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Music of the German Lands

The Amherst Early Music Festival is a workshop offering the largest program of classes for early music enthusiasts, from amateur to professional, in the US. But it is more than a workshop. The Festival Concert Series presents 8 highly-acclaimed evening concerts, including a fully-staged Baroque Opera, which are open to the public and free for participants. There are also Salon concerts in the late evenings and several other performances of vocal music, instrumental music, and dance on the weekends. The Music and Instrument Exhibition hosts instrument makers, music shops, experimental projects, and more over the middle weekend. Lectures, English Country Dances, madrigal singing, and other events provide a wealth of choices for participants and outside guests.

Classes are on a wide range Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Traditional music topics. You can take an easy ride, just for the fun of it, or you can improve your playing, singing, or dancing; expand your knowledge; and enjoy being part of the friendly and stimulating Festival community.

Classes run Monday thru Friday each week. Tuition: $625 per week Central Program, Choral Workshop, Baroque Academy, and other auditioned programs. Dance tuition $600. 

Week 1 - July 14-21, 2019
Central Program classes for voice, recorder, viol, violin, cello, Renaissance reeds, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, historical dance, frame drum, early notation. Auditioned Programs: Choral Workshop, Baroque Academy, Baroque Opera, Advanced Recorder Intensive.

Week 2 - July 21-28, 2019
Central Program classes for voice, recorder, viol, harp, flute, Renaissance brass and reeds, harpsichord, early notation. New London Assembly, Lute Society of America Seminar, Auditioned Programs: Baroque Strings for Modern String Players, Ensemble Singing Intensive, The Troubador Diaspora with Benjamin Bagby, and the Virtuoso Recorder Seminar

Festival Links
Festival Registration
Festival Housing Registration
Week 1 Class List
Week 2 Class List
Choose your classes online!
Festival Faculty
Central Program Overview
Lute Society of America Seminar, July 21-28, 2019
Viols at the Festival
Percussion & Recorders, July 14-21, 2019 
Historical Dance Program, July 13-21, 2019
New London Assembly, July 21-28, 2019 (wait list only)

Auditioned Special Programs:
Baroque Academy, including the Baroque Academy Opera Project, Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program, and Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists July 14-21, 2019
The Choral Workshop, July 14-21, 2019
Dafne Opera Project - postponed to July 2020
Ensemble Singing Intensive, July 21-28, 2019
Advanced Recorder Intensive, July 14-21, 2019
Troubadour Diaspora with Benjamin Bagby, July 21-28, 2019
Virtuoso Recorder Seminar, July 21-28, 2019

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