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The Joys of Early Notation

Singing and Playing from Rennaisance notation has been a central part of Amherst Early Music for many years.  Every summer festival we offer numerous classes to give musicians of all levels the tools and pleasure of this experience.  This year at BEMF, Amherst Early Music presents an hour of sight-singing from facsimiles of Renaissance manuscripts and prints, directed by the incomparable Valerie Horst.

20 Years of Festival Memories

Written by Judith Wink.
About 20 years ago, I started going to the Amherst summer workshop.  I’ve rarely missed a year, and I always have a wonderful time. 
So those of you who haven’t been coming – what have you heard about Amherst?  I’ve heard the same bad stuff you have – the workshop is stressful, it’s a lot of hard work, people are snobby, you go home exhausted.   I can’t say I’ve experienced any of this.  Yes, you can work like a dog, if you choose to.

Nina Stern finding her way: Rose of the Compass

Nina Stern has carved a unique and staggeringly diverse career for herself as a world class recorder player and classical clarinetist. In the last three months alone, Nina has performed Weber’s clarinet concerto with the American Classical Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers with Apollos Fire, and traditional music from the Balkans and Armenia with her own ensemble, East of the River.


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