Online Medieval Project with Benjamin Bagby

Oswald von Wolkenstein

Poet, Composer, Diplomat...Benjamin Bagby
July 17-24, 2021, ONLINE at the Amherst Early Music Festival.

Audition deadline  April 15, 2021

This intensive week-long performance course for voices is directed by world-renowned Medieval specialist Benjamin Bagby. Students will explore the late Medieval musical solo songs of Tyrolean adventurer Oswald von Wolkenstein, who recounted his colorful life in a large body of monophonic song, preserved in manuscripts we can access today.

Benjamin Bagby is the co-founder of the medieval ensemble Sequentia, and is one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Medieval music today. He will be joined by Lawrence Rosenwald, the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of English at Wellesley College, and an expert coach on language and delivery.

Project open to advanced singers with secure technique, ability to sing in German, and a strong interest in Medieval music.Participant singers must have reliable internet. Auditors are welcome.

Directed by Benjamin Bagby, with texts by Lawrence Rosenwald.

An intensive week-long performance course for voices directed by world-renowned Medieval specialist Benjamin Bagby. Students will explore the late Medieval musical solo songs of Oswald von Wolkenstein.

Sunday, July 18 Introductory lecture on Oswald von Wolkenstein by Benjamin Bagby

Monday-Friday two sessions per day coaching individual singers, with auditors welcome. Lawrence Rosenwald will coach on language and translation, and will be available to meet with singers individually through "office hours."

Informal workshop performance on Saturday, July 24.

Course Participant Tuition: $400

Audition due date: April 15, 2021

Audition Information

To audition, please visit our page on Portal opens soon to accept applications!

You will need to submit:
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 Medieval style. For 2021, please include a solo selection by Oswald von Wolkenstein (OvW), or other Medieval or early Renaissance composer, if possible. There are OvW songs in most anthologies of medieval music, or on the internet. Also acceptable would be any German medieval song, medieval monophonic song or folk song. Do not submit Gregorian chant, an inner voice of a polyphonic piece, or German Baroque cantatas.) Please include composer and title information with your submission.

Limited scholarship funds are available. To apply, email a letter to Marilyn Boenau at that details your experience, goals in the field of early music, and financial situation.  Early Music America also provides scholarships.  You may also consider contacting your local arts and cultural societies about possible funding.  We would be happy to help in providing documentation to assist you in obtaining a third-party scholarship.