Central Program

The 2021 Festival will be online, and not on the campus of Connecticut College. We are all disappointed, BUT... We are working on a hybrid model for next summer which would include an online Festival AND in-person classes in certain locations on the weekends before and after the online Festival. In the coming months we’ll work on the program based on safety, logistics, and convenience. Watch this space!

We plan to return to the campus of Connecticut College in 2022... dates tba!

Music of the German Lands” our Festival theme, encompasses vast stores of delightful, soulful, and dramatic music. Our superb faculty from across the world and from your neighborhood, will bring their multi-faceted expertise and great love of early repertoires to making music with you. Together we’ll breathe new life into old music. 

Tuition $650 Central Program and auditioned programs, $630 Dance Tuition, $430 Part-time. Click here for information on Room and Board options.

New to the Festival? Fear not! Our open and inviting atmosphere will make you feel at home right away.
You can build a daily schedule around your preferences. Play in a consort, read from original sources in our expanded notation program, dance to the music you love to play, or begin a new instrument.
Questions? Call us at (781) 488-3337. Check our website for a full list of classes in May.

The Central Program is the heart of the Festival. It is the largest and most varied program we offer, with classes available for most early music instruments, and music ranging from Medieval to Baroque. You can choose the combination of classes that works for you -- perfect if, like some of our students, you sing or dance and play an instrument or two. Play in consorts of like or mixed instruments, investigate a new repertory, take a dance class, or begin a new instrument. We also offer a unique program in early notation for all levels starting with absolute beginner. Pitch: most classes will be at a=440. Viol-only and most Baroque ensemble classes will be at a=415. Detailed class descriptions and schedule will be available in May.

Specialties within the Central Program:
Baroque Strings: art and practice
Lute and Baroque Guitar
Percussion and Recorders
Viol at the Festival

Schedule  Classes run Monday through Friday, with four class periods per day.

In the evening there are lectures, concerts, madrigal singing in the courtyard, English country dancing, drop-in playing sessions, the AEM Auction, and socializing with early music enthusiasts from all over the world. Saturday is a day of rehearsals and concerts, including student concerts featuring music prepared in class.

Music teachers Learn new repertoire, expand your teaching tools, and receive documentation for CEU’s from your school system. You won’t want to miss our high-energy traditional music class with recorder virtuoso Nina Stern and frame drum master Glen Velez (Week 2).