July 5-12, 2015
Directed by Saskia Coolen
Music of Italy and Spain
The Amherst Baroque Academy is a program for advanced amateur, pre-professional, and professional singers and instrumentalists who wish to deepen their understanding of Baroque music and style in a dynamic workshop setting.
Dutch recorder virtuoso Saskia Coolen leads the Baroque Academy. As co-director of the ensemble Camerata Trajectina, Saskia has years of experience with wonderful Dutch repertoire. This will be a highlight of the chamber music ensembles this year as students get an in-depth experience with composers such as Hacquart, Hollanders, Schuyt, Sweelinck, and Verrijt. The opera project will be Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Les indes Galantes. The opera orchestra will include strings, oboes, flutes, bassoons, and harpsichords.
Aisslinn Nosky, Baroque violin
Sarah Freiberg, Baroque cello
Sarah Cunningham, viol
Julianne Baird, voice
Saskia Coolen, recorder
Geoffrey Burgess, Baroque oboe
Pamela Dellal, voice
Na'ama Lion, Baroque flute
Wouter Verschuren, Baroque bassoon
Arthur Haas and Peter Sykes, harpsichord
Master classes are taught by renowned performers. Ensemble sessions, special topic classes, presentations, and the opera tutti rehearsal complete the schedule. Pitch is a=415. Singers may audition for either the opera project: Rameau's "Les Indes Galantes," to be performed on Friday, July 11, or the chamber music program, which includes a performance on Saturday, July 12.
Baroque Academy faculty members will perform a concert on Thursday, July 10.
Monday through Friday schedule
9:00-10:30 a.m. Master classes
11:00-12:30 Chamber music ensembles or opera rehearsal (singers)
1:45-3:00 Vocal master class, string orchestra, oboe band, topic classes
3:30-4:45 Opera tutti rehearsal, vocal topic class, recorder topic class
Thursday 7:30 p.m. BA Faculty Concert; 9:30 p.m. Opera Dress Rehearsal. Full cast and orchestra.
Friday 8:00 Baroque Opera: Les Indes Galantes by J.P. Rameau
Saturday 1:00 Baroque Academy student concert
Singers who are cast in the opera begin rehearsals on Saturday, July 5, in the afternoon. Early rehearsals will include work on gesture, movement, and French pronunciation.
There will be a rehearsal for the opera orchestra in the afternoon on Sunday, July 6, followed by a tutti read-through of the piece.
Audition deadline April 1 for singers and May 1 for instrumentalists.
Registration is now open!