Recorder Programs

Central Program – Recorder

July 6-13, 2014 and July 13-20, 2014


Amherst Early Music offers an unparalleled array of study opportunities for recorder players from lower intermediate through professional levels. Our large faculty consists of expert recorder players from the US and abroad, and affords the opportunity for our students to work with many fine instructors during the week.
For the novice player who can confidently play at least one size of recorder, AEM is the perfect place to get started playing in groups. Larger classes offer the support of other players while smaller classes offer more individual attention from instructors. Hone and learn new recorder techniques, improve counting and rhythm, learn about the music we recorder players so love to play. 
Mid- to upper-level players can choose from a wide range of topics from one-on-a-part consorts to classes featuring a particular composer; from recorder technique to the skills of Baroque music. Some classes are specifically for recorders while others offer the opportunity to make music with other instruments and voices. Those interested in exploring the special qualities of the renaissance recorder can sign up for one-on-a-part consorts focusing on those instruments and on the arts of playing renaissance music. Baroque Ensembles, The Art of the Baroque and Recorder Master Class offer opportunities to work in-depth on the special skills of playing Baroque music, from ornamentation and articulation to expressing the Passions.
For the most advanced recorder players we offer high-level classes within our central program, as well as several special programs

Recorder Boot Camp

July 6-13, 2014

An auditioned program for serious and accomplished adult players who wish to  make significant technical progress during the week. Limited to 8 students, participants work intensively with our stellar faculty to hone skills and gain musical expertise.

Recorder Seminar

July 13-20, 2014

An auditioned program aimed at high-school and college-aged players who want to work in a group of like-minded peers to improve their playing, learn new skills and generally have a lot of fun making music. This program is also a springboard for the Virtuoso Recorder program.

Virtuoso Recorder

July 13-20, 2014

An auditioned program for recorder players at the conservatory level, as well as for those just starting a career. Small classes give close contact between student and faculty and provide the opportunity for rapid and intensive learning. This is the ideal program for recorder players on their way to a career in music.

Baroque Academy

July 6-13, 2014

An auditioned program for the pre-professional and professional musician focusing on the skills of high-level interpretation of Baroque music. It is open to recorder players as well as violin, viola, cello, viola da gamba, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord and voice. Students work with well-known Baroque performers from the US and Europe. The bonds forged among students in this program can form the basis for lasting musical collaborations in future professional life.

AEMF Recorder Faculty will include the Flanders Recorder Quartet.

Watch this space for more announcements coming soon!