Baroque String Workshop

Amherst Early Music presents a Baroque String WorkshopLeopold Mozart
Nathaniel Allen House, West Newton, MA
Saturday, November 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Do you love playing Mozart and Haydn and Bach on the violin, viola, or cello? Have you ever experienced what it's like to play this music with an 18th-century bow? This hands-on workshop for string players will give you a chance to see, hear, and feel the difference. Jane Starkman (violin and viola) and Sarah Ellison (cello) will guide you through the first steps in learning 18th-century string technique. Baroque bows will be provided. Please bring your instrument and a music stand.
Fee: $20/ $15 students and seniors
Register here!


Sarah Freiberg is principal cellist of Boston Baroque and a tenured member of the Handel and Haydn Society. She has performed with the New York Collegium, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), Portland Baroque (Oregon), Seattle Baroque, the Boston Early Music Festival and Arion (Montreal). As a corresponding editor for STRINGS magazine, she has contributed numerous articles to that publication. Sarah edited the Guerini cello sonatas for both PRB Productions and Broude Brothers, and recorded them and Laurenti sonatas for Centaur. She teaches in the Historical Performance department of Boston University and is Chair of Strings and Chamber Music at the Powers Music School in Belmont, MA. Sarah received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook, and holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory, Brown University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Freiberg can be heard on numerous recordings, including as soloist on a recent release of Boston Baroque performing works by Vivaldi and Geminiani. For more information, visit her website,


Violinist Jane StarkmanJane Starkman received BM and MM degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music. She continued her studies in Basel, Switzerland, at the Schola Cantorum with Jaap Schroeder and in New York with William Lincer. While living in Basel she performed with the Radio Orchestra Basel. Ms. Starkman has performed as both a violinist and violist with many groups in the US and abroad. In Europe she has performed with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Capella Clementina as well as ensembles in the Netherlands and Italy. Some of the ensembles Ms. Starkman performs with include the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Ensemble Florilege, La Donna Musicale, and the Aston Magna Festival as well as being a founding member of The King’s Noyse. Ms. Starkman teaches at Oberlin College’s Baroque Performance Institute, Boston University, and Wellesley College and has been a guest clinician at the Massachusetts Suzuki Festival and the New England Conservatory of Music.