Programs for Singers

Winter Weekend Workshop    January 12-15, 2018 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

Barbara Strozzi Madrigals Book 1 (1644) for 2, 3, 4 and 5 voices and continuo. Intensive, long-weekend workshop of one-on-a-part singing and lute continuo ensemble with music by one of the seicento's finest composers. Vocalists will coach and perform a small-forces (2–3 voices) and large-forces (4–5 voices) madrigal each. Lutenists will accompany with a focus on ensemble and gesture. Enrollment limited to 15 singers. Audition deadline for singers December 1, 2017. Please send bio and mp3/mp4 sound file (or Dropbox or YouTube links) of two contrasting movements in Baroque style to: auditions@amherstearlymusic.org. Notification by December 15th.

Memorial Day Weekend Workshop   May 25-28, 2018 Litchfield, Connecticut. Classes available for singers with no audition necessary.

Amherst Early Music Festival 2018

Baroque Academy   July 8-15, 2018
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
Staged French Cantatas 
Directed by Jason McStoots. 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, 2018.

Baroque Academy Opera Project
Lully's King Cadmus et Hermione 
Fully-staged opera with Baroque orchestra. Directed by Drew Minter, conducted by Adam Pearl. 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, 2018.


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, 2018

Roman de Fauvel Project    July 15-22, 2018
 Audition deadline April 1, 2018 more information coming soon!

Central Program   July 8-15,and 15-22, 2018

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 2018 Festival, singers will explore vocal topics on Music from France and the Low Countries, 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 8-15, 2018, 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.