Baroque Academy July 14-21, 2019

at the Amherst Early Music Festival, on the campus of Connecticut College


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, 2019 for singers and instrumentalists.
Tuition: $660.



Baroque Academy Instrumentalists have an intensive all-day program of master classes, chamber ensembles, topic classes, and the opera orchestra. Work closely with extraordinary artists on Baroque style, ornamentation, and technique, Baroque ensemble, dynamics, basso continuo, and more. String ensemble, Oboe band, Opera orchestra directed by Gary Wedow. Arrive on Sunday, July 14 for afternoon orchestra rehearsal. 

Baroque Academy Daily Schedule: 9:00 Master classes, 11:00 Chamber ensembles, 1:30 String orchestra, Oboe band, Topic classes, 3:30 Baroque opera, Vocal Soloists opera scenes. Opera Dress Rehearsal: Thursday evening, July 18, after the Faculty Concert.

There are two Programs for Singers within the Baroque Academy, the Opera Project, and the Vocal Soloist Program

This year's Opera Project is #Anch’io: Ariadne Scenes
Six Ariadnes look their distress in the face in operatic scenes of the Ariadne myth by Monteverdi, Conradi, Handel, Haydn and others.The opera project is fully costumed and staged.  It includes instruction by Drew Minter in period acting and performance techniques, and singers also take part in masterclasses.

Baroque Opera Project Daily Schedule: 9:00-10:30 Master class, 11:00-12:15 staging rehearsal, 1:30-3:00 musical rehearsal, 3:30 to 5:30 tutti rehearsal with orchestra.

Vocal Soloist Program Repertoire coming soon! Students work closely with internationally renowned faculty members to expand their knowledge of Baroque style, ornamentation, and repertoire. Students in the Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program will focus on rhetorical performance skills, analysis of the poetic texts and 17th Italian diction, and effective rendering of 17th century aria and recitative with special emphasis on ornamentation and Baroque gesture.

Baroque Academy Concerts: 2019 tba
July 18 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert 7:30 p.m.
July 19 Baroque Opera: #Anch'io Ariadne Project 8:00 p.m.
July 20 Performance: Baroque Academy Student Concert 1:00 p.m.
July 20 Performance: Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists tba
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions

2018 Baroque Academy Faculty
Saskia Coolen Program Director
Hsuan-Wen Chen Assistant Program Director

Aaron Sheehan voice
Jason McStoots voice
Julie Andrijeski violin
Paolo Pandolfo viol
Sarah Cunningham viol
Jaap ter Linden cello
Heather Miller Lardin double bass
Xavier Diaz Latorre lute
Saskia Coolen recorder
Na'ama Lion flute
Debra Nagy oboe
Arthur Haas harpsichord
Peter Sykes harpsichord
Drew Minter opera director
Adam Pearl opera conductor

Audition due dates: April 1, 2019 for singers, April 15 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 2019, please include a selection from an Italian composer or source 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.