Recorder Special Programs


Virtuoso Recorder Seminar July 21-28, 2019, Gwyn Roberts, Director
The Virtuoso Recorder Seminar is a multi-track, auditioned program for serious young recorder players, from high-school students through college and conservatory players and those just starting a career. Small classes give close contact between students and faculty and provide the opportunity for rapid and intensive learning. Components include masterclass, technique, ensembles and special topics, plus opportunities to play Renaissance music on a matched consort of recorders. This is an ideal program for recorder players on their way to a career in music, as well as for those who just want to deepen their skills while meeting others who share their interest and enthusiasm. Concert on Saturday, July 27.

Baroque Academy July 14-21, 2019 Saskia Coolen, Director
An auditioned program for the pre-professional and professional musician focusing on the skills of high-level interpretation of Baroque music. It is open to recorder players as well as violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord and voice. Students work with well-known Baroque performers from the US and Europe. The bonds forged among students in this program can form the basis for lasting musical collaborations in future professional life. Directed by Saskia Coolen. Concert on Saturday, July 20.

Advanced Recorder Intensive July 14-21, 2019, Letitia Berlin, Director
An auditioned program for serious and accomplished adult players who wish to make significant technical progress in a short period of time. Limited to 8 students, participants work intensively with our stellar faculty to hone skills and gain musical expertise. Master Class with Saskia Coolen, Consort with Tom Beets, Performance Practice Topic: A Study of Corelli's Opus 5 Sonatas with Bart Spanhove, Technique and Practice Session with program director, Letitia Berlin. Concert on Friday, July 19.

Tuition: $625. Click here for information on Room and Board options.

Audition due date: April 15, 2019

Audition Information

To audition, please visit our page on

Submit your digital application

You will need to submit:

1. $30 registration fee

2. Your resume or a brief description (one or two paragraphs) summarizing your musical background and experience, including formal and informal training and education.

3. 10-15 minutes of music showing your technique, expression, and understanding of baroque style. The piece need not be accompanied. For 2018, please include a selection from an Italian composer or source if possible. Please include composer and title information with your submission.

Many file types for audio and video can be uploaded on the Acceptd website. 


Early Music America and the American Recorder Society provide scholarships.  
Due date for American Recorder Scholarship applications is March 31, 2019. You may also consider contacting your local arts and cultural societies about possible funding. We would be happy to help in providing documentation to assist you in obtaining a third-party scholarship.

Amherst Early Music also provides some scholarship and work-study assistance, see our page: Information for Scholars.