Ensemble Singing Intensive

Ensemble Singing Intensive
July 16-23, 2017
Directed by Michael Barrett
Faculty: Julianne Baird, Grant Herreid, Geoffrey Williams


The English Manner

This summer's Ensemble Singing Intensive program will focus on the rich repertoire of English music for vocal ensemble, from the late Medieval "English countenance" of Dunstable and Power to the finely crafted works of Byrd and his contemporaries.

Along the way we'll consider how the vicissitudes of English politics and religion helped to mould a uniquely English style of vocal polyphony in the 15th and 16th centuries, and how certain composers like Tallis could adapt their musical style to suit the changing religious landscape.

Composers will include Dunstable, Power, Fayrfax, Taverner, Tallis, Byrd, and more!


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. NEW! A master class with Julianne Baird offers the opportunity to be coached on solo repertoire.

Tuition: $640 Click here for information on Room and Board options. 

Audition due date: April 1, 2017

Audition Information

To audition, please visit our page on getacceptd.com.


Submit your digital application

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 period style. The piece need not be accompanied. For 2017, please include a selection from an English or Spanish composer or source if possible. Please include composer and title information with your submission.

Limited scholarship funds are available, particularly for tenors, baritones, and basses; to apply, provide a cover letter with audition packet that details your experience and goals in the field of early music.  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.
Work-Study tuition assistance available in exchange for help with various tasks around the festival.