The 2021 Festival will be online, and not on the campus of Connecticut College. We are all disappointed, BUT... We are working on a hybrid model for next summer which would include an online Festival AND in-person classes in certain locations on the weekends before and after the online Festival. In the coming months we’ll work on the program based on safety, logistics, and convenience. We plan to return to the campus of Connecticut College in 2022 for the Summer Festival, dates tba!
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Music of the German Lands
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: $650 per week Central Program, Choral Workshop, Baroque Academy, and other auditioned programs. Dance tuition $635.
Week 1 - July 5-12, 2020
Central Program classes for voice, recorder, viol, violin, cello, Renaissance reeds, flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, historical dance, frame drum, early notation. Auditioned Programs: Choral Workshop, Baroque Academy, Baroque Opera, Advanced Recorder Intensive.
Week 2 - July 12-19, 2020
Central Program classes for voice, recorder, viol, harp, flute, Renaissance brass and reeds, harpsichord, early notation. New London Assembly, Lute Society of America Seminar, Auditioned Programs: Baroque Strings for Modern String Players, Ensemble Singing Intensive, Medieval Project with Benjamin Bagby - Oswald von Wolkenstein, and the Virtuoso Recorder Seminar
Festival Registration - now open!
Festival Housing Registration
Central Program Overview
Viols at the Festival
Lute and Baroque Guitar
Percussion & Recorders July 12-19, 2020
Historical Dance Program July 5-12, 2020
New London Assembly July 12-19, 2020
Auditioned Special Programs:
Baroque Academy, including the Baroque Academy Opera Project, Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program, and Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists July 5-12, 2020
Baroque String Playing: art and practice July 12-19, 2020
The Choral Workshop July 5-12, 2020
Ensemble Singing Intensive July 12-19, 2020
Advanced Recorder Intensive July 5-12, 2020
Medieval Project with Benjamin Bagby July 12-19, 2020
Virtuoso Recorder Seminar July 12-19, 2020
Room and Board
Scholarships and Workstudy