Programs for Singers

Winter Weekend Workshop    January 18-21, 2019 in historic Philadelphia and Rutgers-Camden Classes available for singers with no audition necessary.      

Voices-and-Lutes Project  
Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, co-directors

Zamboni Project For this winter's lutes-and-voices program, we'll prepare eighteenth-century four-part madrigals by Giovanni Zamboni alongside settings of the same verses by earlier composers, including Monteverdi, d'India and Stradella, with varying sizes of one-on-a-part vocal ensemble, sung to the accompaniment of a lutes-and-theorbos continuo ensemble. Click here for more information. Audition deadline for singers December 1, 2018. Please send bio and mp3/mp4 sound file (or Dropbox or YouTube links) of two contrasting movements in Baroque style to: info@amherstearlymusic.org. Notification by December 15th. 

Memorial Day Weekend Workshop   May 24-28, 2019 Litchfield, Connecticut. Classes available for singers with no audition necessary.

Amherst Early Music Festival 2019

Baroque Academy   July 14-21, 2019
This high-level program for advanced solo singers offers the opportunity to gain valuable pre-professional experience in Baroque repertoire and historical performance practice. There are two options for singers within the Baroque Academy:

The Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program
Chamber Music 
The Baroque Academy Vocal Soloist Program includes daily masterclasses, chamber music coachings on repertoire for solo voice with period instruments; specialized classes that delve deep into solo repertoire, style, and ornamentation of the Baroque era. Audition deadline April 1, 2019.

Baroque Academy Opera Project
#Anch'io Ariadne Scenes 
Fully-staged opera with Baroque orchestra. Directed by Drew Minter, conducted by Gary Wedow. This year's opera project is #Anch’io: Six Ariadnes look their distress in the face in operatic scenes of the Ariadne myth by Monteverdi, Conradi, Handel, Haydn and others. The Baroque Academy Opera Project offers the experience of performing a role in a fully-staged Baroque opera. Emphasis on Baroque gesture, historical singing style and pronunciation, rhetoric, and acting. Audition deadline April 1, 2019.


esiEnsemble Singing Intensive    July 15-22, 2018, directed by Michael Barrett   The Ensemble Singing Intensive is a unique program that offers advanced singers the opportunity to sing one-on-a-part ensemble repertoire from the Medieval and Renaissance eras. Students will work on skills essential to the modern singer of early music by participating in daily ensemble coachings, presenting in ensemble masterclasses, and performing. Audition deadline: April 1, 2019.

The Troubadour Diaspora    July 21-28, 2019, directed by Benjamin Bagby
 An intensive course on the solo cansos of the Occitan troubadours, with a focus on songs from the great Milan songbook (for singers and instrumentalists). Audition deadline April 1, 2019.

Dafne Opera Project   July 21-28, 2019, directed by Julianne Baird and Richard Stone
Daphne Double Bill! Two one-act Italian operas from opposite ends of the baroque spectrum. Inspired by Ovid's literary classic, The Metamorphoses, each piece recounts the myth of the nymph Daphne, her desperate flight from a lust-maddened Apollo, and her magical transformation. Composed by Gagliano in 1608 and Reutter 1734, staged and performed with chamber ensemble. Audition deadline April 1, 2019.

Central Program   July 14-21, and 21-28, 2019 
Whether you are a soloist or an ensemble singer, the Amherst Early Music Festival has a diverse range of offerings to suit many levels and areas of interest. During the 2019 Festival, singers will explore vocal topics on Music from Italy, from the Medieval to the Baroque. Sing in a vocal ensemble or an ensemble with voices and instruments, or take a class on vocal technique in early music. The Central Program runs both weeks of the Festival, and no audition is required.

Choral Workshop   July 14-21, 2019, directed by Kent Tritle    
The Choral Workshop at the Amherst Music Festival, in New London CT is designed to give the serious amateur choral singer an opportunity to learn and perform masterworks of the Renaissance, within the context of the largest early music festival in the United States. Participants will spend the week singing in an ensemble with highly acclaimed choral conductor Kent Tritle. He will be assisted by five professional section leaders, SATTB, and an accompanist. The week will conclude with a festival performance. Audition required; see Choral Workshop page. No due date but program may fill.