Amherst Early Music Festival 2022

See you at the Festival!

Northampton Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020
United States

Directed by
August 7-14
and 14-21, 2022

Our new location will be convenient for many who are driving. There are train and bus connections. Nearest airport is ABE, Lehigh Valley International Airport. Newark Airport is 1 hour and 15 minutes away.

While we hope it will be possible to have a normal Festival, we’ll follow Covid developments and will adjust if necessary. Proof of vaccination will be required. Plans are shaping up so stay tuned for more information!

The heart of the Festival is the Central Program. 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 available here!

Festival Schedule

Sunday Events
Check-in: 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
3:00 Salon Concert tba
4:00 Informal Drop-In playing session for instruments and voices (A=440)
Dinner is the first meal on the meal card
7:00 Orientation Meeting, followed by a reception, and late check-in.
Check-out: by 10:00 a.m. the following Sunday

Daily Schedule Classes begin on Monday morning, and run through Friday, with four class periods per day.
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.First Class Period
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Second Class Period
1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Third Class Period
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Fourth Class Period

Student Concert Schedule
Student concerts are free and open to the public (masks required)
Friday, August 12
5:00 p.m. Ensemble Singing Intensive

Saturday, August 13
11:00 a.m. Central Program Baroque Orchestra and Collegium
1:00 p.m Baroque Academy
2:30 p.m. Central Program Ensembles
All-Workshop Party will follow the 7:30 Faculty Concert

Friday, August 19
7:30 p.m. Choral Workshop Concert (part of the Festival Concert Series)

Saturday, August 20
11:15 a.m. Special Concert - Musicians of New London Assembly
1:00 p.m. Central Program Ensembles
All-Workshop Party will follow the 7:30 Faculty Concert

Evening Events In the evening there are lectures, concerts, madrigal singing, English country dancing, drop-in playing sessions, the AEM Auction, and socializing with early music enthusiasts from all over the US and beyond.

Festival Concert Series

Lipkin Theatre, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
All concerts are at 7:30 pm, except the opera, which begins at 8 pm.
Admission is free and open to the public, advance tickets are not necessary. Masks for audience members will be required.

Tuesday, August 9
With Breath and Quill

Thursday, August 11
Amherst Baroque Soloists

Friday, August 12
Baroque Academy Opera Project:
The Judgement of Paris by Daniel Purcell

Saturday, August 13
A Tapestry of Early Music: Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert I

Thursday, August 18
Portrait of a Lady

Friday, August 19
Choral Program Student Concert

Saturday, August 20
A Tapestry of Early Music: Amherst Early Music Faculty Concert II

Tuition & Boarding

Tuition  Tuition $675 per week
Room & Board All rooms are air-conditioned with micro-fridges.
  Single room $596 per week
  Double room $526 per week, per person
  Board $223 per week


Tracy Voice
Emily Voice
Paul Voice
Grant Lute Voice
Daniel Voice
Anna Voice
Sian Recorder
Kent Voice
Miyo Recorder
Annette Recorder Early Notation
Letitia Recorder
Frances Recorder
Vicki Recorder
Saskia Recorder
Patricia Early Notation Recorder
Wendy Early Notation Recorder
Peter Violin
Meg Oboe
Wouter Bassoon Dulcian
Marilyn Bassoon Dulcian
Priscilla Renaissance reeds
Joan Renaissance reeds
Hsuan-Wen Harpsichord
Joyce Harpsichord
Kevin Harpsichord
Kathryn Harpsichord
Alissa Harpsichord
Benjamin Harpsichord
Peter Harpsichord
Loren Viol
Carol Dance Early Notation
Ros Viol
Mark Dance
Brad Dance
Eric Violin Viola
Audrey Violin


Festival FAQs

ON-CAMPUS AMENITIES at Northampton Community College
Lounge on 2nd Floor of Student Center with TVs
WIFI is free and available everywhere on campus
NCC Bookstore, College Center, hours TBD
ATM - College Center 2nd floor
Laundry: washers and dryers are in the dorm complex (free). All of the machines are high efficiency machines, so please buy HE detergent when you are buying supplies to bring to campus (laundry detergent pods are a great choice!).
Parking is free, and there are designated handicapped spaces at the dorms, and the classroom, and concert buildings. Click here to download a map of the campus.

Cafeteria Meal Hours
Breakfast 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ($8 a la carte)
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ($14.50 a la carte)
Dinner 5:00 -7:00 p.m. ($17 a la carte)
A meal card for the week (Sunday dinner – Sunday breakfast) is $230, or you can purchase meals individually.
Payment methods accepted: Visa, Mastercard, cash, and ApplePay.
(Apple Cash, American Express, and Discover are not accepted.)
Snack Bar Options include tacos, grill, sub shop, and pizzas.
The snack bar hours are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated in the cafeteria. Please let us know of any allergies, preferences, etc. when you fill out the Festival Participant Information form (coming soon!) so that we can be in touch with dining services ahead of time.

All rooms have individual thermostats, as well as windows that open.
Each room has its own small fridge and microwave
Beds are twin extra long
Basic linens (sheets, pillow, and towels) are included
Single sex bathrooms are in each wing, gender neutral bathrooms are available.

Northampton Community College, Main Campus,
3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020.
Closest Airport: Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)
Approximately 8 miles from NCC via Lyfft or Uber.
Trans-Bridge Lines offers service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC, and Newark Airport to the Lehigh Valley Airport (ABE).

Festival COVID-19 Policy

All participants, faculty, and staff at the AEMF 2022 must be fully vaccinated: 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna and at least one booster OR 1 dose of J&J and at least one booster. We will no longer require a PCR test, but will require submitting 2 rapid tests with negative results along with proof of vaccination.  The first test should be the day before arriving at the Festival, and the second one on the arrival day, or upon arriving at the Festival.

Each person should bring an additional 3 rapid tests per week for ongoing testing. Anyone who tests positive for Covid at the Festival will have to leave as there is no possibility of quarantining on campus. In the event that you have to leave because of Covid, your pro-rated tuition and housing charges will be refunded.
Masking: we will be masked at all times indoors unless playing a wind instrument or eating. (Receptions will be held outside, no masks needed.)
These protocols are the strictest we will have. If the Covid situation improves markedly we may relax some of these policies. Any changes will be announced prior to the Festival and updated on our website. (Updated June 24, 2022).

Festival Registration

Central Program Tuition Week 1 (August 7-14) $675
Baroque Academy Tuition (August 6-13 for singers, 7-14 for instrumentalists) $675
Ensemble Singing Intensive Tuition (August 7-14) $675
Historical Dance Tuition (August 6-13) $675
Deposit Week 1 Tuition (August 7-14) $100
Central Program Tuition Week 2 (August 14-21) $675
Choral Workshop Tuition (August 14-21) $675
New London Assembly Tuition (August 14-21) $675
Deposit Week 2 Tuition (August 14-21) $100
Attendee Information

2022 Festival Schedule

Week 1: August 7-14 (Central Program, ESI, Baroque Academy Instrumentalists)
Week 1 Early Arrival: August 6-13 (Only for Opera Project Singers, and the Historical Dance Program)
Week 2: August 14-21 (Central Program, Choral Workshop, New London Assembly)
Both Weeks: August 7-21.
Sundays are check-in and check-out days. Check-in: 1:30 - 5:00 p.m., with late check-in, in the evening after the orientation meeting. Check-out: by 10:00 a.m.
Classes begin on Monday morning, and the last event is on Saturday evening both weeks.

Room & Board Options

Prices are per person, per week

Week 1 Room & Board
Commuter / Facilities Fee Week 1 - $50
Single Room Week 1 - $596
Single Room Week 1 Early Arrival - $596
Double Room Week 1 - $526
Double Room Week 1 Early Arrival - $526
Mealcard Week 1 -$223
Week 2 Room & Board
Commuter / Facilities Fee Week 2 - $50
Single Room Week 2 - $596
Double Room Week 2 - $526
Mealcard Week 2 - $223

Cancellation Policy

Tuition is fully refundable before July 10, all but $100 before July 25 (August 1, for week 2). No refunds on tuition after July 25 (August 1 for second week). Housing is fully refundable with 48 hours notice; we charge 1 night with under 48 hours notice. In the event that you have to leave because of Covid, your pro-rated housing charges will be refunded.

Scholarships & Work-Study


All participants are welcome to apply for tuition assistance through AEM's Work-Study program. Notice of awards will be sent in late May. Fill out the Work-Study application here to apply. Questions about Work-Study can be sent to Click here to show mail address.

AEM Scholarships

To apply for AEM scholarships, send a one-page letter to Marilyn Boenau, the Executive Director of AEM, explaining your interest in early music or dance and your goal in attending the Festival. Email to Click here to show mail address.

The Washington McClain Scholarship Fund honors the memory of Baroque oboist and Amherst Early Music faculty member Washington McClain. It will fund scholarships for students who have historically been underrepresented in the early music field, including African-American, Latinx, and others. Awards will cover tuition, room and board, and travel and may be used for any in-person AEM event, particularly the Amherst Early Music Festival. To apply send a letter of inquiry to Click here to show mail address, with information about your interest in early music or dance.

In addition to scholarships, AEM offers work study tuition to all of our workshops, and the Amherst Early Music Festival. Work study is an option for students of any age.

Other Organizations

American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for Weekend Workshops as well as Summer Festivals. Any ARS member who needs financial assistance to attend a weekend or week-long workshop may apply for this scholarship. Deadline: March 31.

Viola da Gamba Society of America offers Grants-in-Aid to its members to attend Workshops and Masterclasses.

The Historical Keyboard Society of North America has established the Funaro Fund Award to support its members to offset the cost of traveling to an early keyboard event.