Programs for Singers

Amherst Early Music Festival
July 10-17, and 17-24, 2016

Central Program

Whether you are a soloist or an ensemble singer, the Amherst Early Music Festival has a diverse range of offerings to suit many levels and areas of interest. During the 2016 Festival, singers will explore vocal topics on Music from the German Lands, from the Medieval to the Baroque. Sing in a vocal ensemble or an ensemble with voices and instruments, or take a class on vocal technique in early music. The Central Program runs both weeks of the Festival, and no audition is required.


Choral Workshop

July 10-17, 2016
Directed by Kent Tritle

The 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, SSATTB, and an accompanist. The week will conclude with a festival performance. Audition required; see Choral Workshop page. No due date but program may fill.

Ensemble Singing Intensiveesi

July 17-24, 2016
Directed by Michael Barrett

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.

Audition deadline: May 1, 2016

Baroque Academy 

July 10-17, 2016
Directed by Saskia Coolen

Vocal Faculty:
Julianne Baird, soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor

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 

Vocal Soloist singers performing Cavalli scenes

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 eraAudition deadline April 1, 2016.

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. Audition deadline April 1, 2016.