Programs for Singers

Amherst Early Music Festival

July 5-12, and 12-19, 2015

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 2015 Festival, singers will explore the treasures of Italian and Spanish 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 summer.

The All-Workshop Collegium

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.
Week one: Grant Herreid directs music of Mantua, including works by Gastoldi, Monteverdi, Rossi, and Wert
Week two: Ross Brownlee directs the Messa a 4 voci by Monteverdi


Choral Workshop

July 5-12 2015

Directed by Kent Tritle. New for 2015! 

The 2015 Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival, in New London CT is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance, within the context of the largest early music festival in the United States.

Participants will spend the week singing in an ensemble with highly acclaimed choral conductor Kent Tritle. He will be assisted by five professional section leaders, SATTB, and an accompanist. The week will conclude with a festival performance.


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 Academy:

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 Intensiveesi

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


Winter Weekend Workshop

January 2016 tba

The 2015 Winter Weekend Workshop featured the Monteverdi and Lotti Project for Lutes and Voices co-directed by Richard Stone and Julianne Baird. 2016 Program and Faculty tba.