Baroque Academy


July 10-17, 2016

Directed by Saskia Coolen

The Amherst Baroque Academy is a program for advanced amateur, pre-professional, and professional singers and instrumentalists who wish to deepen their understanding of Baroque music and style in a dynamic workshop setting. Pitch is A=415.

The Opera Project will be announced here soon! The opera cast will be set by April 15, based on auditions due April 1.

Singers can choose to audition for the Opera Project, the Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program, or both. Last year's cast in Handel's opera Il pastor fido, below.

Cast of Il Pastor fido


Tuition: $620 (2016 tuition tba). Click here for information on Room and Board options. Registration opens by Feb 1, 2016.

Audition due dates: April 1, 2016 for Singers, May 1 for Instrumentalists.

Audition Information

To audition, please click below to visit our page on

Submit your digital application

You will need to submit:

1. $30 registration fee

2. Your resume or a brief description (one or two paragraphs) summarizing your musical background and experience, including formal and informal training and education.

3. 10-15 minutes of music showing your technique, expression, and understanding of baroque style. The piece need not be accompanied. For 2015, please include a selection from an Italian or Spanish composer if possible. Please include composer and title information with your submission.

4. Singers auditioning for the Baroque Opera Project will also need to submit a head shot and a brief physical description: hair color, eye color, height, and weight. Photographs are accepted in any standard form. This information is required to be considered for a role in the opera.

Many file types for audio and video can be uploaded on the Acceptd website. 



Limited scholarship funds are available, to apply, provide a cover letter with audition packet that details your experience and goals in the field of early music.  Early Music America also provides scholarships. You may also consider contacting your local arts and cultural societies about possible funding. We would be happy to help in providing documentation to assist you in obtaining a third-party scholarship.

Work-Study tuition assistance available in exchange for help with various tasks around the festival.


2016 Baroque Academy Faculty tba

2015 Baroque Academy Faculty

Julianne Baird, voice

Pamela Dellal, voice

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Saskia Coolen, recorder

Han Tol, recorder

Wilbert Hazelzet, flute

Debra Nagy, oboe

Wouter Verschuren, bassoon

Sarah Freiberg, cello

Arthur Haas, harpsichord

Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Richard Stone, lute and theorbo

Drew Minter, opera director

Kevin Mallon, conductor