Ensemble Singing Intensive

August 7-14, 2022

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


Directed by Michael Barrett
Faculty: Michael Barrett, Geoffrey Williams, Emily Eagen, Paul Guttry, Danny Johnson, and Temmo Korisheli

Week 1 of the Amherst Early Music Festival, August 7-14, 2022

The theme of the Ensemble Singing Intensive program will be Musica Transalpina

The Italian madrigal and its offshoots represent one of the most emotionally intense bodies of music for vocal ensemble in the tradition of European polyphony. The 1588 publication of Italian madrigals, re-texted in English and called Musica Transalpina ("music from across the Alps," i.e. from Italy), helped to usher in the late 16th-century English craze for the Italian-style madrigal. This highly influential publication will form the core repertoire for the 2022 edition of the Ensemble Singing Intensive Program.

ESI gives pre-professional and advanced amateur singers the opportunity to work closely with like-minded colleagues and professional coaches to refine their skill set for vocal chamber music performance. Students will participate in daily rehearsals, coachings, discussions, and masterclasses, working towards a performance at week's end. Along the way we will give special attention to the issue of singing in translation (both period and modern), and make connections between the twin "songs" of language and melody.

Audition Due date

April 1, 2022


Emily Voice
Paul Voice
Daniel Voice

Ensemble Singing Intensive Audition Information

To apply for the Ensemble Singing Intensive Program you will need to submit the following through our audition portal

  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 16th -17th century style. The piece need not be accompanied. Please include composer and title information with your submission.

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.
A negative PCR test within 72 hours before arrival at the Festival is required. On the arrival day, or upon arrival at the Festival, a rapid test must be taken and negative result verified. 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. 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 on our website.(May 12, 2022).

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.