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Early Notation with Annette Bauer - “Back to Basics / Review / New Intro”

Wednesdays 5:30-6:45pm EST: June 1, 8, 15 & 22

Open to all instrumentalists and singers! Pitch: A=440.

Medieval dancers

It's the ONLINE Summer Festival!

July 8, 9, and 10, 2022.. save the dates!

We'll warm up for our in-person Festival (August 7-14, 14-21, in Bethlehem, PA) with a 3-day ONLINE Summer Festival!

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Medieval Track at the Festival

We are excited to offer a Medieval Track during week 2 of the Amherst Summer Festival, which will allow students to create their entire daily schedule choosing from repertoire topics and technique sessions dedicated to their instrument and/or voice entirely focused on music before 1500.
Hsuan-Wen_Chen
Trumpeter John Blanke
New London Assembly Dancers at 2019 AEMF
Viols in Concert AEMF 2019
Backstage at the opera
The 2019 Choral Workshop
CityRecorder 2019
Saskia Coolen, recorder
New London Assembly in 2019
Recorder class in concert at the Festival

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Organizational Health

In addition to providing continuity to our broader community, the AEM board has prioritized keeping operations running so that we will be in a position to present the events we know and love when it is safe again. Our annual operating budget depends on individual donations, especially those received or pledged during the Festival. Without that help we are in a tenuous position with regards to meeting financial obligations and maintaining bare-bones functionality.

All of us in the AEM community – enthusiasts, performers, scholars, craftsmen, and organizers – have built AEM over the past 58 years into the largest provider of early music workshops in North America. We’ve come all this way together, and together we will get through this. --Marilyn Boenau, Executive Director

Festival COVID-19 Policy

All participants, faculty, and staff at the AEMF 2022 must be fully vaccinated: 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna and at least one booster OR 1 dose of J&J and at least one booster.
A negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival at the Festival is required. On the arrival day, or upon arrival at the Festival, a rapid test must be taken and negative result verified. Each person should bring an additional 3 rapid tests per week for ongoing testing.
Anyone who tests positive for Covid at the Festival will have to leave. There is no possibility of quarantining on campus. In the event that you have to leave because of Covid, your pro-rated tuition and housing charges will be refunded.
Masking: we will be masked at all times indoors unless playing a wind instrument or eating. (Receptions will be held outside, no masks needed.)
These protocols are the strictest we will have. If the Covid situation improves markedly we may relax some of these policies. Any changes will be announced prior to the Festival on our website.(May 12, 2022).