Ensemble Singing Intensive

Ensemble Singing Intensive
2022 dates tba
Directed by Michael Barrett

Italienische Art For advanced ensemble singers. Under the direction of Michael Barrett, one-on-a-part ensembles will explore the rich repertory of 17th-century vocal ensemble music from German-speaking lands, music often heavily influenced by Italian musical traditions, including the madrigal, cori spezzati, and the stile moderno. Composers will include Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, and Johann Hermann Schein, especially the latter's collection of madrigalian motets known as the "Fount of Israel." Emphasis on singing German convincingly and developing essential ensemble skills through daily coachings and masterclasses.

Coaches tba for 2022. 2019 coaches included Marty Morell (musicologist and Italian madrigal specialist), Geoffrey Williams (director of New York Polyphony), Pamela Dellal, Emily Eagen, Paul Guttry, Danny Johnson, and Temmo Korisheli. Concert date tba.

Tuition: $650. Click here for information on Room and Board options.  

Audition due date: April 1, 2022

Audition Information

To audition, please visit our paESI_2017ge 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 period 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.

Limited scholarship funds are available, particularly for tenors, baritones, and basses; 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.