July 9-16, 2017
Vocal Soloist Program
Baroque Academy offers high-level, immersion classes for Baroque strings, winds, and voice. Students work closely with internationally renowned faculty members to expand their knowledge of Baroque style, ornamentation, and repertoire.
Pitch is A=415. Due date: April 1, 2017 for singers, April 15 for instrumentalists. Tuition: $640.
Two Programs for Singers
Baroque Opera: Henry Purcell's King Arthur
Friday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. Drew Minter, stage director; Adam Pearl, conductor. Aaron Sheehan, vocal coach.
King Arthur; written for Dorset Garden theatre in 1691 with a libretto by John Dryden, is one of Purcell's first spectacular semi-operas. The music is as fine as anything Purcell ever set, with wonderful orchestral suites and incidental music, and masques for fantastical characters, including the justly famous "Frost scene." The score calls for sopranos, countertenors, tenors, and basses. The opera project is fully costumed and staged. It includes instruction by Drew Minter in period acting and performance techniques, and singers also take part in masterclasses with Julianne Baird and Aaron Sheehan.
Baroque Opera Project Daily Schedule: 9:00-10:30 Master class, 11:00-12:15 staging rehearsal, 1:30-3:00 musical rehearsal, 3:30 to 5:30 tutti rehearsal with orchestra.
Vocal Soloist Program Opera scenes from Cavalli's L'Erismena with chamber ensemble. Performance: Saturday, July 15, 4:00 p.m. Evans Hall. Directed by Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, staged by David Morris.
Cavalli’s L’Erismena is the only 17th century opera to have been performed with English text in the British Isles. Students will focus on 17th century stagecraft and effective rendering of 17th century aria and recitative with special emphasis on ornamentation and Baroque gesture.
Daily Schedule: 9:00 Master Class with Julianne Baird, 11:00 Chamber Music with Aaron Sheehan and others, 1:45 Vocal Topic Class with Julianne Baird 3:30-5:30 Opera Scenes rehearsal.
Schedule for Instrumentalists
9:00 Master classes
11:00 Chamber ensembles
1:30 String orchestra, Oboe band, Topic classes
3:30 Baroque opera, Vocal Soloists opera scenes
July 13 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert
July 14 Baroque Opera: King Arthur, by Henry Purcell
July 15, 1:00 Performance: Baroque Academy Student Concert
July 15, 4:00 Performance: Scenes from Cavalli's L'Erismena
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions
2017 Baroque Academy Faculty
Audition due dates: April 1, 2017 for singers, April 15 for instrumentalists.
To audition, please visit our page on getacceptd.com.
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 2017, please include a selection from an English composer or source if possible. Please include composer and title information with your submission.
4. Singers auditioning for the Baroque Opera Project will also need to submit a head shot and a brief physical description: hair color, eye color, height, and weight. Photographs are accepted in any standard form. This information is required to be considered for a role in the opera.
Many file types for audio and video can be uploaded on the Acceptd website.
Limited scholarship funds are available, to apply, provide a cover letter with audition packet that details your experience and goals in the field of early music. Early Music America also provides scholarships. 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.
Work-Study tuition assistance available in exchange for help with various tasks around the festival.
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