Central Program

July 5-12, and July 12-19, 2015

Music of Italy and Spain,” 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 this music to share with you. Together we’ll breathe new life into old music. 

Download the 2015 Festival Brochure here!

See the List of Classes here!

Tuition $570 per week, $360 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 largest and most varied component of the Amherst Early Music Festival: it is the jeanFestival's heart. Classes are available for most early music instruments, and range from Medieval to Baroque music. There are four periods a day, and 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. The All-Workshop Collegium brings everybody together to sing and play large-scale choral masterpieces. 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.

All-Workshop Collegium
The All-Workshop Collegium brings everyone together to perform choral masterpieces. 
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.

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