Amherst Early Music Festival 2011

truck day

Welcome to the first of what will be a daily updates blog for the Amherst Early Music Festival 2011!  

Today Alastair and Danny are packing the office in Arlington and getting ready to drive the truck down to Connecticut College to set up. Valerie and Loren will meet them in New London and start unloading.  Dinner at Mr. G's.

More of the staff will be arriving in the next few days.  I'm planning to show up on Friday. 

Keep checking back as we will be posting daily schedules, updates, photos and more on the blog for the next three weeks. 

The Joys of Early Notation

Singing and Playing from Rennaisance notation has been a central part of Amherst Early Music for many years.  Every summer festival we offer numerous classes to give musicians of all levels the tools and pleasure of this experience.  This year at BEMF, Amherst Early Music presents an hour of sight-singing from facsimiles of Renaissance manuscripts and prints, directed by the incomparable Valerie Horst.

20 Years of Festival Memories

Written by Judith Wink.
About 20 years ago, I started going to the Amherst summer workshop.  I’ve rarely missed a year, and I always have a wonderful time. 
So those of you who haven’t been coming – what have you heard about Amherst?  I’ve heard the same bad stuff you have – the workshop is stressful, it’s a lot of hard work, people are snobby, you go home exhausted.   I can’t say I’ve experienced any of this.  Yes, you can work like a dog, if you choose to.


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