Programs for Singers

Winter Weekend Workshop

January 16-19, 2015

Monteverdi and Lotti Project for Lutes and Voices co-directed by Richard Stone and Julianne Baird.

Audition deadline December 1, 2014


Amherst Early Music Festival

July 5-12, and 12-19, 2015


Choral Project

July 5-12 2015

Directed by Kent Tritle. New for 2015! More information coming soon.


Baroque Academy 

July 5-12 2015

This high-level program for advanced solo singers offers the opportunity to 

gain valuable pre-professional experience in Baroque repertoire and historical 

performance practice. There are two options for singers within the Baroque 


The Vocal Soloist Program includes daily masterclasses with Baroque 

specialist Julianne Baird; chamber music coachings on repertoire for solo voice 

with period instruments; specialized classes that delve deep into solo 

repertoire, style, and ornamentation of the Baroque era. Directed by Saskia Coolen. 

Audition deadline May 1, 2015.

The Opera Program offers the experience of performing a role in a fully-
staged Baroque opera. Emphasis on Baroque gesture, historical singing style and pronunciation, 

rhetoric, and acting. Directed by Drew Minter, conducted by Kevin Mallon. For the 2015 Festival, the opera will be Handel's Il Pastor Fido.

Audition deadline April 1, 2015.


Ensemble Singing Intensive

July 12-19, 2015

Now in its fifth year, The Ensemble Singing Intensive is a unique program 

that offers advanced singers the opportunity to sing one-on-a-part ensemble 

repertoire from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Students will work on skills

essential to the modern singer of early music by participating in daily ensemble 

coachings, presenting in ensemble masterclasses, and performing.

Faculty members include Julianne Baird, Geoffrey Williams, and ESI director 

Michael Barrett. Audition deadline: May 1, 2015


The All-Workshop Collegium

July 5-12, and 12-19 2015

The All-Workshop Collegium unites participants at the festival to sing and 

play large-scale choral masterpieces. One period only, open to singers and 

instrumentalists with no audition required. 

Amherst Early Music offers a wide variety of options for vocalists interested in 

exploring the rich world of early music. Whether you are a soloist or an ensemble 

singer, a professional or an amateur, Amherst Early Music has a diverse range 

of offerings to suit many levels and areas of interest. During the 2014 festival, 

singers will explore the treasures of French vocal music, from the Medieval to the 

Baroque. Amherst Early Music's vocal programs are part of the Amherst Early 

Music Festival, where the world's leading instrumentalists, dancers, and singers 

of early music come together to celebrate the treasures of early music every 



Baroque Opera

Chamber Music for the Baroque Soloist

Choral Project

Masterclasses and Chamber Ensembles

Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoire

Baroque Gesture and Ornamentation

Ensemble Singing Intensive 

All-Workshop Collegium

Daily Madrigal singing outdoors