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: $590 per week Central Program and Choral Workshop; $560 Dance; $640 Special Auditioned Programs. Registration is now open!

Week 1 - July 9-16, 2017
Classes for voice, recorder, viol, violin, cello, Renaissance reeds, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, historical dance, early notation. Lute Society of America Seminar. Special Auditioned Programs: Baroque Academy, Baroque Opera, Recorder Boot Camp

Week 2 - July 16-23, 2017
Classes for voice, recorder, viol, harp, flute, frame drum, Renaissance brass and reeds, harpsichord, early notation. New London Assembly, The Choral Workshop, Special Auditioned Programs: Ensemble Singing Intensive, Beggar's Opera, Virtuoso Recorder Seminar


Festival Registration
Festival Housing Registration

Central Program Classes:
Central Program Overview
Viols at the Festival
Lute Society of America Seminar, July 9-16, 2017
The Choral Workshop, July 16-23, 2017
Percussion & Recorders with Nina Stern and Glen Velez, July 16-23, 2017

Dance Programs
Historical Dance Program, July 9-16, 2017
New London Assembly, July 16-23, 2017

Auditioned Special Programs:
Baroque Academy, July 9-16, 2017
Recorder Boot Camp, July 9-16, 2017
Ensemble Singing Intensive, July 16-23, 2017
Beggar's Opera Project, July 16-23, 2017
Virtuoso Recorder Seminar, July 16-23, 2017

2017 Festival Information:
Concert Series
Instrument Exhibition
Room and Board
Getting There
Scholarships and Workstudy
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