Programs for Singers

Winter Weekend Workshop

January 15-18, 2016

Project for Voices and Lutes

Francesco Durante's Stabat Mater for women's voices, and selections from Sigismondo d'India's emotionally-charged Madrigals Book VIII with texts from Giambattista Guarini's pastoral tragicomedy, Il Pastor fido SSATB, and continuo, Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, co-directors. Enrollment limited to 15 singers. Audition deadline for singers December 1, 2015. Please send bio and sound file (mp3 or mp4) of two contrasting movements in Baroque style to: Notification by December 15th.




Amherst Early Music Festival

July 10-17, and 17-24, 2016

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 2016 Festival, singers will explore vocal topics on Music from the German Lands, 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.


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.


Baroque Academy 

July 10-17, 2016

Directed by Saskia Coolen

Vocal Faculty:

Julianne Baird, soprano

Aaron Sheehan, tenor

Vocal Soloist singers performing Cavalli scenes

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 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.





Ensemble Singing Intensiveesi

July 17-24, 2016

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