Amherst Early Music Festival

July 9-16, and July 16-23, 2017
Connecticut College, New London, CT


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: TBD per week Central Program and Choral Workshop; TBD Dance; TBD Special Auditioned Programs. Registration opens January 2017!

Week 1 - July 9-16, 2017
Voice, recorder, viol, violin, cello, Renaissance reeds, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, historical dance, early notation, and the Lute Society of America Seminar

Special Auditioned programs: Baroque Academy, Baroque Opera, Recorder Boot Camp

Week 2 - July 16-23, 2017
Voice, recorder, viol, harp, flute, frame drum, Renaissance brass and reeds, harpsichord, early notation, and the New London Assembly, an English Country Dance intensive

Special Auditioned Programs: Choral Workshop, Ensemble Singing Intensive, Virtuoso Recorder Seminar, Beggar's Opera


Central Program
Choral Workshop
Dance Programs
Percussion & Recorders
Baroque Academy
Ensemble Singing Intensive
Recorder Special Programs
Scholarships and Workstudy
Instrument Exhibition
Room and Board
Getting There