Baroque Academy at the Amherst Early Music Festival, on the campus of Connecticut College 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. Chamber music ensembles and Baroque orchestra work through the week in preparation for performances. Download the flyer here!
Pitch is A=415. Audition due date: April 1, 2021 for singers and instrumentalists.
Tuition: $650. Click here for room and board options.
Baroque Academy Instrumentalists have an intensive all-day program of master classes, chamber ensembles, oboe band, topic classes, and the opera orchestra. Work closely with extraordinary artists on Baroque style, ornamentation, and technique, Baroque ensemble, dynamics, basso continuo, and more. Opera orchestra musicians should plan to arrive on Sunday, July 11 for afternoon orchestra rehearsal, exact time tba.
Viol Intensive with two masters of the Viol Sarah Cunningham and Paolo Pandolfo A stimulating course to explore the rich and varied German repertoire for viol, with solo, consort, ensemble and obligato music from Buxtehude to Bach, Abel, Hammerschmidt, Rosenmuller, Schenk, Scheidt, Telemann, and beyond. Participants will have master classes, group topic classes, and consorts or Baroque ensembles.
There are two Programs for Singers within the Baroque Academy, the Opera Project, and the Vocal Soloist Program
Opera Project: DAFNE by Reutter
Inspired by Ovid's literary classic, The Metamorphoses, the opera recounts the myth of the nymph Daphne, her desperate flight from a lust-maddened Apollo, and her magical transformation. Composed by Georg Reutter in 1734, fully staged with Baroque orchestra. This will be the opera's U.S. premiere. Audition deadline April 1, 2021
Perform a role in our fully staged production. Co-directed by Julianne Baird & Richard Stone, with Baroque orchestra and historical dance. Sessions on period acting and performance techniques. Master class and coachings. Performance Friday, July 16, 2021. Audition by April 1, 2021. Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, co-directors, Oliver Camacho, staging, Lawrence Rosenwald, texts and translations; Julianne Baird, vocal coaching; Ronnie Snader, costumes; Paul Guttry, props.
Vocal Soloist Program Master classes and chamber music. Faculty to include Drew Minter and Nico van der Meel. Students work towards developing a deep knowledge and understanding of Baroque style, recitative, ornamentation, and repertoire. Explore chamber music with other singers and instrumentalists in small groups, and work towards performance in Saturday Baroque Academy concert.
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 Rehearsals. Opera Dress Rehearsal: Thursday evening, July 15, after the Faculty Concert.
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.
Baroque Academy Concerts: 2021
July 15 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert 7:30 p.m.
July 16 Baroque Opera: DAFNE Opera Project 8:00 p.m.
July 17 Performance: Baroque Academy Student Concert 1:00 p.m.
July 17 Performance: Baroque Academy Vocal Soloists 4:30 p.m.
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions
2021 Baroque Academy Faculty
Saskia Coolen Co-Director
Hsuan-Wen Chen Co-Director
Drew Minter voice
Nico van der Meel voice
Julie Andrijeski violin
Paolo Pandolfo viol
Sarah Cunningham viol
Phoebe Carrai cello
Heather Miller Lardin double bass
Xavier Diaz Latorre lute
Saskia Coolen recorder
Han Tol recorder
Gwyn Roberts flute
Meg Owens oboe
Wouter Verschuren bassoon
Arthur Haas harpsichord
Peter Sykes harpsichord
Julianne Baird opera co-director
Richard Stone opera co-director
Oliver Camacho opera staging
Audition due dates: April 1, 2021 for singers and instrumentalists.
To audition, please visit our page on getacceptd.com.
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 2021, please include a selection from a German 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, email a letter to Marilyn Boenau at firstname.lastname@example.org that details your experience, goals in the field of early music, and financial situation. 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 provide documentation to assist you in obtaining a third-party scholarship. See also our Scholarship and Work-study page. Work-Study tuition assistance is available in exchange for help with various tasks around the festival.
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