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Daily master classes offer each participant the opportunity to hone skills both technical and musical and to explore new modes of expression in prepared pieces. Instrumental and vocal techniques will be addressed by each instructor. In 2012 we bring back our Workshop Chorus, open to dedicated choral singers as well as to all vocalists and instrumentalists in the workshop. We offer classes for recorder, Baroque oboe, Baroque flute, bassoon, violin/viola, cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord/organ, and voice. This year we are also offering an option for choral singers to join the workshop for afternoon choral sessions only — see Vocal Program (pdf).
Elective classes include Orchestra, Chorus, Oboe Band, Performance Practice in Action, Continuo. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small ensemble with a coach, exploring repertoire and interpretation with the goal of performance at the end of the week. Faculty performances, lecture-demonstrations, and Concerto Evening (in which participants perform a concerto movement with orchestra) round out a week of inspiring music making and learning.
Please see the links near the top of this page for more detail about the faculty, classes, schedules, registration, and much, much more.
As part of our focus on J. S. Bach we will start each morning with the Fugue of the Day and precede each evening event by lifting up our collective voices in the singing of a Bach Chorale. Our workshop provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for both the dedicated amateur and the professional musician. Our faculty of specialists in the field of early music are internationally known performers as well as gifted teachers.
A Day in the Life of a Baroque Workshop Participant
After class, participants are free to join the faculty for "happy hour" lecture/demonstrations, put their feet up in the comfortable dorm suites, practice on their own, or get together with other participants for some Baroque sight reading.
Each evening features a unique after-dinner event, including, among other things, faculty performances and Concerto Evening, in which participants may sign up to play a movement of a Baroque concerto or sing an aria accompanied by the Baroque Workshop orchestra.
Our week of concentrated playing and learning will be permeated by the glorious works of Johann Sebastian Bach and interspersed with social gatherings with like-minded players from all around the country. These activities culminate in a night and a morning of very high-level student performances. Participants leave the workshop replete with new musical ideas, with new repertoire under their belts and new friends for future music making.
Workshop Fees and Online Enrollment
The fee for the Baroque Workshop is $510 through May 2, $560 for enrollment received May 3 or later. Discounts are available for SFEMS members and for enrollment in more than one workshop. Room and board at Sonoma State is $585, room without board, $510 (this choice is limited in number). Rooms at Sonoma State are single occupancy only. All details appear on the online enrollment page. Mark your calendars now for the SFEMS Baroque Workshop. Enroll before May 2 and save!
Please continue to check the web site for developments. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Kraft, firstname.lastname@example.org, 707-799-2018.
Last updated 06/22/2012.
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