Central Program

July 10-17, and July 17-24, 2016

Music of the German Lands,” our Festival theme, encompasses vast stores of delightful, soulful, and dramatic music. Our superb faculty from across the world and from your neighborhood, will bring their multi-faceted expertise and great love of early repertoires to making music with you. Together we’ll breathe new life into old music. Click here to see the list of classes! 

Tuition $580 per week, $365 for part-time. Click here for information on Room and Board options.

New to the Festival? Fear not! Our open and inviting atmosphere will make you feel at home right away.
You can build a daily schedule around your preferences. Play in a consort, read from original sources in our expanded notation program, dance to the music you love to play, or begin a new instrument.
Questions? Call us at (781) 488-3337. Check our website for a full list of classes in May.

The Central Program is the heart of the Festival. It is the largest and most varied program we offer, with classes available for most early music instruments, and music ranging from Medieval to Baroque. You can choose the combination of classes that works for you -- perfect if like some of our students you sing or dance and play an instrument or two. Play in consorts of like or mixed instruments, investigate a new repertory, take a dance class, or begin a new instrument. We also offer a unique program in early notation for all levels starting with absolute beginner. Pitch: most classes will be at a=440. Viol-only and most Baroque ensemble classes will be at a=415. Detailed class descriptions and schedule will be available in May.

Schedule  Classes run Monday through Friday, with four class periods per day.

NEW! In the late morning first week, instead of Collegium, there will be several large classes: Vocal Ensemble with Michael Barrett, Baroque Orchestra with Frances Blaker, Recorder Orchestra with Tom Beets (music available in advance by registering on the FRQ website, click here!), and Introduction to Historical Dance with Dorothy Olsson. In the late morning second week the All-Workshop Collegium led by Robert Eisenstein will rehearse and perform works by Heinrich Isaac and Ludwig Senfl.

In the evening there are lectures, concerts, madrigal singing in the courtyard, English country dancing, drop-in playing sessions, the AEM Auction, and socializing with early music enthusiasts from all over the world. Saturday is a day of rehearsals and concerts, including student concerts featuring music prepared in class.

Music teachers Learn new repertoire, expand your teaching tools, and receive documentation for CEU’s from your school system. You won’t want to miss our high-energy traditional music class with recorder virtuoso Nina Stern and frame drum master Glen Velez. (Week 2) A scholarship for a music teacher is available this year.