Baroque Academy

July 8-15, 2018
2017 Program info listed below, updated info coming soon!
Opera Project
Vocal Soloist Program
Instrumental Program

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, 2017 for singers, April 15 for instrumentalists.
Tuition: $640.
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Two Programs for Singers
Baroque Opera: Jean-Baptiste Lully's Cadmus et Hermione
Performance Friday, July 13, 8:00 p.m. Drew Minter, stage director; Adam Pearl, conductor. Aaron Sheehan, vocal coach.
With Cadmus et Hermione, in 1673, Lully and poet Philippe Quinault invented a new type of entertainment, the tragédie lyrique. With its plot of amorous intrigue, Cadmus et Hermione involves thwarted high-born lovers, mythological beasts, numerous gods and goddesses attempting to control their liaison, and comic servants with amorous designs of their own. There are several excellent roles for baritones (Lully had yet to create leading roles for haute-contre) and sopranos (possible for higher mezzos), as well as roles for countertenors and tenors. 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 with Aaron Sheehan and Jason McStoots.

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 Opera scenes from Cavalli's L'Erismena with chamber ensemble. Performance: Saturday, July 15, 4:30 p.m. Evans Hall. Directed by Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, staged by David Morris.

Cavalli’s L’Erismena is the only 17th century opera to have been performed with English text in the British Isles. Students will focus on 17th century stagecraft and effective rendering of 17th century aria and recitative with special emphasis on ornamentation and Baroque gesture.

Daily Schedule: 9:00 Master Class with Julianne Baird, 11:00 Chamber Music with Aaron Sheehan and others, 1:45 Vocal Topic Class with Julianne Baird 3:30-5:30 Opera Scenes rehearsal.

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 with Julie Andrijeski; Oboe band with Meg Owens, Opera orchestra directed by Adam Pearl. Arrive on Sunday, July 9 for 3:00 p.m. orchestra rehearsal.

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

Baroque Academy Concerts:
July 13 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert
July 14 Baroque Opera: King Arthur, by Henry Purcell
July 15, 1:00 Performance: Baroque Academy Student Concert
July 15, 4:30 Performance: Scenes from Cavalli's L'Erismena
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions


2017 Baroque Academy Faculty

Saskia Coolen Program Director

Julianne Baird, voice

Aaron Sheehan, voice

Julie Andrijeski, violin

Paolo Pandolfo, viol

Sarah Freiberg, cello

Heather Miller Lardin, Double bass

Saskia Coolen, recorder

Han Tol, recorder

Sandra Miller, flute

Meg Owens, oboe

Wouter Verschuren, bassoon

Arthur Haas, harpsichord

Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Richard Stone, lute and theorbo

Drew Minter, opera director

Adam Pearl, opera conductor


Audition due dates: April 1, 2017 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 2017, please include a selection from an English or Spanish 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.

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