EMA, ARS, and VdGSA Scholarships

April 15 is the deadline for applications for scholarships from Early Music America, the American Recorder Society, and the Viola da Gamba Society of America. These organizations generously fund full or partial workshop tuition. Check the guidelines on each website, and apply now! The web addresses are,, and

Introducing Alex Opsahl, cornetto

We are delighted to welcome cornetto teacher Alex Opsahl to the 2013 Festival. Alex Opsahl studied recorder with Peter Holtslag and Daniel Bruggen at the Royal Academy of Music. She studied cornetto in Italy with Bruce Dickey, continuing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She was the winner of the 2003 Moeck Solo Recorder competition, the 2001 and 2003 RAM Early Music Prize and 2003 Hilda Anderson Dean Award.

Kathy Cochran on AEMF '12 for East Bay Recorder Society Newsletter

I’ve attended the Amherst Early Music Festival almost every year since 1992, and the workshop has been in existence since the 80’s.  One might wonder how any workshop could continue to offer such a wealth of new opportunities and challenges after so long, but the Amherst Early Music leadership keeps on doing it. This year I had a tough decision to make.

Nina Stern finding her way: Rose of the Compass

Nina Stern has carved a unique and staggeringly diverse career for herself as a world class recorder player and classical clarinetist. In the last three months alone, Nina has performed Weber’s clarinet concerto with the American Classical Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers with Apollos Fire, and traditional music from the Balkans and Armenia with her own ensemble, East of the River.

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