Baroque Academy

July 8-15, 2018

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, 2018 for singers, April 15 for instrumentalists.
Tuition: $650.
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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, Opera orchestra directed by Adam Pearl. Arrive on Sunday, July 8 for afternoon. orchestra rehearsal. New for 2018! Viola da Gamba Intensive with Sarah Cunningham and Paolo Pandolfo within the Baroque Academy. 

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 12, after the Faculty Concert.

Baroque Academy Concerts:
July 12 Baroque Academy Faculty Concert 7:30 p.m.
July 13 Baroque Opera: Cadmus et Hermione, by Jean-Baptiste Lully 8:00 p.m.
July 14, Performance: Baroque Academy Student Concert 1:00 p.m.
July 14, Performance: Staged Baroque Cantatas 4:30 p.m.
Late evenings: salon concerts, drop-in sessions

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 Staged Baroque Cantatas with chamber ensemble. Performance: July 14, 4:30 p.m. Directed by Jason McStoots. 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. Students in the Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program will focus on rhetorical Performance skills, analysis of the poetic texts and 17th French diction, 17th century stagecraft and effective rendering of 17th century aria and recitative with special emphasis on ornamentation and Baroque gesture. Repertoire will be drawn from the rich repertoire of French Baroque canatas including works by Charpentier, Clérembault, Campra, Montéclaire, Bernier, and Boismortier.

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, 2018 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 2018, please include a selection from a French 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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