Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists

July 2-9, 2023

Muhlenberg College
2400 Chew St
Allentown, PA 18104
United States


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 and winds. 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, July 2, for afternoon orchestra rehearsal, (3:30 - 5:30 p.m.)

Baroque Academy Daily Schedule: 9:00 Master classes, 11:00 Chamber ensembles, 1:45 String orchestra, Oboe band, Topic classes, 3:30 Baroque opera, Opera Dress Rehearsal: Thursday evening, July 6, after the Faculty Concert, Opera Performance on July 7, Baroque Academy ensemble performances on July 8.

Audition Due date

April 15, 2023


Saskia Recorder
Hsuan-Wen Harpsichord
Grant Voice & Lute
Arthur Harpsichord
Peter Harpsichord
Heather Double Bass
Gwyn Recorder & Flute
Meg Oboe
Wouter Bassoon & Dulcian

Baroque Academy Audition Information

To apply for Baroque Academy, please submit the following through our audition portal. Due dates are April 1, 2023 for singers, and April 15, 2023 for instrumentalists.

  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.

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: May 15.

Early Music America offers scholarships to help students attend early music and historical performance workshops in North America. Applications open March 1st, due April 10, 2023.

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.