Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists

August 7-14, 2022

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

Tuition:
$675

Saskia Coolen and Hsuan-Wen Chen, co-directors

Baroque Academy will run during the first week of the Amherst Early Music Festival

Baroque Academy at the Amherst Early Music Festival 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. Chamber music ensembles and Baroque orchestra work through the week in preparation for performances. Pitch for Baroque Academy is A=415.

Baroque Academy Instrumentalists have an intensive all-day program of master classes, chamber ensembles, oboe band, topic classes, and the opera orchestra. Work closely with extraordinary artists on Baroque style, ornamentation, and technique, Baroque ensemble, dynamics, basso continuo, and more. Opera orchestra musicians should plan to arrive on Sunday, August 7 for afternoon orchestra rehearsal, 3:30 - 5:30 pm.

he 2022 opera project is a pastiche drawn from two different operas based on the mythological story of the Judgement of Paris : Antonio Cesti's Il pomo d'oro (The Golden Apple), and Daniel Purcell's The Judgement of Paris. The opera is edited, with a Prologue and Epilogue created by Grant Herreid and Lawrence Rosenwald, and will be performed at the Festival on Friday evening, August 12.

Baroque Academy Daily Schedule: 9:00 Master classes, 11:00 Chamber ensembles, 1:45 String orchestra, Oboe band, Topic classes, 3:30 Baroque opera, Vocal Soloists Rehearsals. Opera Dress Rehearsal: Thursday evening, August 11, after the Faculty Concert, Opera Performance on August 12, Baroque Academy ensemble performances on August 13.

Audition Due date

May 1, 2022

Faculty

Saskia Recorder
Hsuan-Wen Harpsichord
Grant Lute Voice
Meg Oboe
Wouter Bassoon Dulcian
Kathryn Harpsichord
Peter Harpsichord

Baroque Academy Audition Information

To apply for Baroque Academy  you will need to submit the following through our audition portal
https://amherstearlymusic.getacceptd.com

  1. 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. Please include composer and title information with your submission.
  4. Singers auditioning for the Baroque Opera Project will 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.

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.  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).

Scholarships & Work-Study

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.