Baroque Academy


July 10-17, 2016

Directed by Saskia Coolen

Baroque Academy offers high-level, immersion classes for Baroque strings, winds, and voice. Students work closely with internationally renowned faculty members to expand their knowledge of Baroque style, ornamentation, and repertoire.
Pitch is A=415. Due date: April 1 for singers, May 1 for instrumentalists. 
Tuition: $630

PomonaTwo Programs for Singers
Baroque Opera: Reinhard Keiser's Pomona Jason McStoots, stage director; Adam Pearl, conductor.
Vocal Soloist Program: "Venetian" opera scenes from Vienna and Innsbruck for singers with lute continuo coached by Julianne Baird and Richard Stone with staging by David Morris. Ensemble Coaching with Aaron Sheehan.

9:00 a.m. Master classes
11:00 a.m. Chamber ensembles
1:30 p.m. String orchestra, Oboe band, Topic classes
3:30 p.m. Baroque opera, Vocal Soloists opera scenes

July 14 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert
July 15 Baroque Opera: Pomona, by Reinhard Keiser. US premiere!
July 16, 1:00 p.m. Student Concert
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions

Click here to see the Baroque Academy Flyer!

2016 Baroque Academy Faculty

Julianne Baird, voice

Aaron Sheehan, voice

Robert Mealy, violin

Paolo Pandolfo, viol

Sarah Freiberg, cello

Heather Miller Lardin, double bass

Saskia Coolen, recorder

Flanders Recorder Quartet, recorder

Sandra Miller, flute

Geoffrey Burgess, oboe

Wouter Verschuren, bassoon

Arthur Haas, harpsichord

Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Richard Stone, lute and theorbo

Jason McStoots, opera director


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

Audition Information
To audition, please 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 2016, please include a selection from a German 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.

Click here for information on Room and Board options

The 2015 Festival cast in Handel's opera Il pastor fido

Cast of Il Pastor fido