Central Program

July 6-13, and July 13-20, 2014

Music of France and the Low Countries,” our Festival theme, encompasses vast stores of delightful, soulful, and dramatic music. We’ll explore such marvels as 13th-century Montpellier motets, 15th-century settings of Dutch tunes, and Baroque suites by Charpentier and the Couperins. Inspiration will move like electricity from person to person throughout the workshop. It will be invigorating, perhaps even life-changing! Our superb faculty, from across the world and from your neighborhood, will bring their multi-faceted expertise and great love of this music to share with you. Together we’ll breathe new life into old music.


New to the Festival? Fear not! Our open and inviting atmosphere will make you feel at home right away.
You can build a daily schedule around your preferences. Play in a consort, read from original sources in our expanded notation program, dance to the music you love to play, or begin a new instrument.
Questions? Call us at (781)488-3337. Check our website for a full list of classes in early April.


Music teachers Learn new repertoire, expand your teaching tools, and receive documentation for CEU’s from your school system. You won’t want to miss our high-energy traditional music class with recorder virtuoso Nina Stern and frame drum master Glen Velez. (Week 2)


All-Workshop Collegium
The All-Workshop Collegium brings everyone together to perform choral masterpieces.

Week one: Thomas Zajac conducts Music of Jacob Obrecht.

Week two: Robert Eisenstein conducts Music of Loyset Compère.

 

The Central Program is the largest and most varied component of the Amherst Early Music Festival: it is the Festival's heart. Classes are available for most early music instruments, and range from Medieval to Baroque music. There are four periods a day, and you can choose the combination of classes that works for you -- perfect if, like some of our students, you sing or dance and play an instrument or two. Play in consorts of like or mixed instruments, investigate a new repertory, take a dance class, or begin a new instrument. We also offer a unique program in early notation for all levels starting with absolute beginner. The All-Workshop Collegium brings everybody together to sing and play large-scale choral masterpieces. In the evening, after classes, there are lectures, concerts, madrigal singing in the courtyard, English country dancing, drop-in playing sessions, the AEM Auction, and socializing with early music enthusiasts from all over the world. Pitch: most classes will be at a=440. Viol-only and most Baroque ensemble classes will be at a=415. Detailed class descriptions and schedule will be available in early April. Classes run Monday through Friday. Saturday is a day of rehearsals and concerts, including student concerts featuring music prepared in class. We have exciting plans for great music and good fun at the 2014 Festival, and we hope you’ll join us. Our supportive international faculty—great players and great teachers—will encourage and challenge you every step of the way. New to the Festival? Fear not! Our open and inviting atmosphere will make you feel at home right away, and you’ll see why students return year after year.

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