Amherst Early Music Festival

August 7-14, and 14-21, 2022
Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
Directed by Frances Blaker

Week one, August 7-14, 2022John Blanke, trumpeter to Henry VII and VIII
Central Program – most early music instruments, including Baroque flute, oboe, and bassoon; vocal ensemble; historical dance
Baroque Academy, directed by Saskia Coolen and Hsuan-Wen Chen
Baroque Opera directed by Grant Herreid and Julianne Baird
Ensemble Singing Intensive directed by Michael Barrett

Week two, August 14-21, 2022
Central Program – most early music instruments, including Renaissance reeds and brass; vocal ensemble; early notation; non-auditioned Medieval program.
Choral Workshop with Kent Tritle
New London Assembly with Brad Foster and Cécile Laye

$675 per week
Room & Board
Single room $596 per week
Double room $526 per week
Board $223 per week
Registration opens January 1!

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 Central Program is the heart of the Festival. 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 will be available in May.

Schedule  Classes run Monday through Friday, with four class periods per day.

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 world. Saturday is a day of rehearsals and concerts, including student concerts featuring music prepared in class.

Music teachers Learn new repertoire, expand your teaching tools, and receive documentation for CEU’s from your school system.