Music Discovery & Youth Collegium

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2018 Music Discovery Workshop/Youth Collegium will be held June 17 – 22, 2018

Drop-off starting at 8:45AM; aftercare is available for an additional fee. For questions about aftercare, please contact Workshop Director Yuko Tanaka at

Wunderkind’s Grand Tour

This summer, take yourself back to 1763 Salzburg:  Seven year old Wolfie and eleven year old Nannerl are getting ready to embark on their magical Grand Tour of Europe! Pack your bags, hop on a carriage and travel across Germany and Belgium to reach the great cities of Paris and London.  While visiting the great courts and cultural capitals, don’t forget to perform the most amazing concerts, astonishing princes and princesses, an empress, heads of state, even the future queen of France! Meet and learn from some leading composers of the day, and when you are not busy performing, dash off your own compositions!  And while traveling through the Black Forest, keep your eyes open as you may spot Papageno and Papagena!  Are you ready to join Wunderkind’s Grand Tour?  


$490 by April 30; $525 thereafter.
Sibling discount: $50
SFEMS/EMA/ARS member discount:

Returning students! Tell a friend about MDW/YC and when you both register, you each save $25*! Simply have your friend(s) write your name on their registration form and a refund will be processed within one week for both of you. *There is a limit of one referral discount per student, but you may refer as many friends as you like. This offer is not applicable with tuition deposits.

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About the Workshop:

Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium is a premier workshop for the kids in grades 1-12.  Originally founded by Lee McRae in 1994, it has established itself as a unique gem among music workshops for kids, not only here in the Bay Area, but in the nation.

For younger kids, in grades 1-6, looking for a fun, artistic introduction to early music, there is the Music Discovery Workshop—no prior musical training needed.  The focus of the workshop is to introduce and immerse children in early music from the Middle Ages to the Classical period, while providing historical and cultural context, all in a fun, hands on way through songs, theater and arts and crafts.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

The Youth Collegium is a concurrent program designed for older, more experienced students, in grades 7 – 12, who want to explore early music in greater depth. This year, Youth Collegium participants will delve into the music of young Mozart, his father Leopold, and various composers who influenced him as a performer and a composer. In addition to having semi-private lessons, students will dedicate their time in All-Collegium band or choir. The students will also have dance, drama and art elective options.

All Youth Collegium applicants must submit a brief video so we may be able to assess musical level. This video does not have to be a performance. It may be a brief recording of a piece or a work in progress and may be filmed on a mobile device. Please send this video to the director, Yuko Tanaka at

About the Classes:

All classes are taught by our faculty, in semi-private instructions. We are proud to keep a very low teacher-to-student ratio, between 1:2 – 1:5. Ensembles work together to make their pieces concert-ready in just five days!  A highly imaginative and one-of-a-kind theater production is also readied in just five days to delight families and friends.

Snapshot from a typical day at the Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium:

At the end of the week on Friday, after a full workshop day, families are invited to the Final Performance.  The evening begins with a chamber ensemble concert, followed by a theatrical production, including music, dance, costumes and props made during arts & crafts.  The evening would not be complete without a final pot-luck celebration, all the while looking back at the newly forged friendships and camaraderie.  As families depart, we all make a renewed promise to see each other again the following summer — and most of the families return year after year!

About the Faculty:

The faculty are a dedicated team of experienced music educators, having taught or are currently serving on faculty at places such as SF Conservatory of Music, UC Berkeley, Pacific Boychoir Academy, and San Ramon Youth Symphony. In addition, our faculty brings the unique benefit to our students of sharing their experiences and insights as professional players in several Bay Area ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and Archetti. Each year, the Workshop begins with a faculty concert not to be missed.

2017 Faculty List
Vida Bateau, recorder
Jonathon Hampton, Voice—Youth Collegium Vocal Director
Farley Pearce, Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba
Louise Pescetta, Baroque Dance
Allison Rolls, Theater and Arts & Crafts
David Sego, Violin—Youth Collegium Instrumental Director
Yuko Tanaka, D.M.A., Harpsichord—Musical Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium Director

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To register online, please log in to your existing patron account, or create a patron account if you do not have one. If you forgot your password, please click the “forgot my password” button.

Questions about registration? Contact us at For workshop questions please contact director Yuko Tanaka at