Amherst Early Music Festival Overview

July 8-15, and July 15-22, 2018
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Music of France and the Low Countries


More 2018 Festival information coming soon!


The Amherst Early Music Festival is a workshop offering the largest program of classes for early music enthusiasts, from amateur to professional, in the US. But it is more than a workshop. The Festival Concert Series presents 8 highly-acclaimed evening concerts, including a fully-staged Baroque Opera, which are open to the public and free for participants. There are also Salon concerts in the late evenings and several other performances of vocal music, instrumental music, and dance on the weekends. The Music and Instrument Exhibition hosts instrument makers, music shops, experimental projects, and more over the middle weekend. Lectures, English Country Dances, madrigal singing, and other events provide a wealth of choices for participants and outside guests.

Classes are on a wide range Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Traditional music topics. You can take an easy ride, just for the fun of it, or you can improve your playing, singing, or dancing; expand your knowledge; and enjoy being part of the friendly and stimulating Festival community.

Classes run Monday thru Friday each week. Tuition: $tba per week Central Program and Choral Workshop; $tba Dance; $tba Special Auditioned Programs. 

Week 1 - July 8-15, 2018
Classes for voice, recorder, viol, violin, cello, Renaissance reeds, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, historical dance, early notation. Choral Workshop. Special Auditioned Programs: Baroque Academy, Baroque Opera, Recorder Boot Camp

Week 2 - July 15-22, 2018
Classes for voice, recorder, viol, harp, flute, frame drum, Renaissance brass and reeds, harpsichord, early notation. New London Assembly, Special Auditioned Programs: Ensemble Singing Intensive, Roman de Fauvel Project with Benjamin Bagby, and the Virtuoso Recorder Seminar


Festival Links

Central Program Classes:
Central Program Overview
Viols at the Festival
The Choral Workshop
Percussion & Recorders 
Dance Programs
Historical Dance Program, July 8-15, 2018
New London Assembly, July 15-22, 2018

Auditioned Special Programs:
Baroque Academy, including the Baroque Academy Opera Project, Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program, and Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists July 8-15, 2018
Ensemble Singing Intensive, July 15-22, 2018
Recorder Boot Camp, July 8-15, 2018
Roman de Fauvel Project, July 15-22, 2018
Virtuoso Recorder Seminar, July 15-22, 2018

Concert Series
Instrument Exhibition
Room and Board
Getting There
Scholarships and Workstudy
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