2016 SFEMS Summer Workshops

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Baroque Workshop
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Wars, Conquests, and Beheadings: The Music of the Courts in England, France and Italy
June 19 – 25, 2016
Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

Music Discovery and Youth Collegium
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Commedia dell’Arte
June 19 – 24, 2016
School of the Madeleine
St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley, CA.

Medieval and Renaissance Workshop
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Love, Lust, and Longing
July 3 – July 9, 2016
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA

Classical Workshop
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Haydn, His Friends, and His Students
July 10 – 16, 2016
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA

Recorder Workshops
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Week I: The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air
July 17 – 23, 2016
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA

Week II: Tears and Laughter: The Art of Comedy and Tragedy
July 24 – 30, 2016
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA

SFEMS takes an active role in music education

SFEMS offers a nationally renowned series of summer workshops, first held in 1980, taught by acclaimed artists to over 300 amateur and professional musicians. SFEMS offers one of the most comprehensive summer early music programs in the United States, led by a faculty of international artists in residence. The Medieval and Renaissance, Baroque, Recorder, and Classical workshops offer instrumental and vocal master classes, lectures, coached ensembles, and recitals and provide opportunities for musicians and dancers at a variety of levels to improve their ensemble skills, performance techniques, and teaching abilities.

The Music Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium is a day camp for children and youth with all levels of musical experience. It incorporates a series of lectures for adults on topics in music history by musicologist John Prescott as well.

SFEMS also has offered a series of popular evening classes and collegia in Berkeley on all aspects of early music. In recent years, it has added programs for children, including after-school classes in the public schools and a special summer workshop. Occasionally, the Society also arranges master classes and symposia given by visiting performers.

Quotes from past participants:

Very positive, encouraging, nonjudgmental attitude from both fellow students and of course from our teachers, who set that tone from the first moment we met. Master class format in which one listens in on another student’s work is instructive and exciting in all kinds of unexpected ways, even when the other student’s abilities are vastly different from one’s own.

— from the 2013 Baroque Workshop

When I attended the SFEMS summer workshop I had just gotten my hands on a baroque oboe and didn’t quite know where to put the fingers. It was just what I needed: a friendly, relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere. What amazes me when I think about it now is that some of the people I met then have remained friends and colleagues to this day, and I’m sure that’s true for many other participants, not just the crazy ones who somehow turned it into a career.

— Gonzalo X. Ruiz, professional Baroque oboist and Juilliard faculty