Baroque Workshop

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2018 Baroque Workshop will be held June 10 – 16, 2018 

Water – Music’s Elixir

June 18 – 24, 2017
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

“My story starts at sea, a perilous voyage to an unknown land. A shipwreck. The wild waters roar and heave. The brave vessel is dashed all to pieces. And all the helpless souls within her drowned. All save one. A lady. Whose soul is greater than the ocean, and her spirit stronger than the sea’s embrace. Not for her a watery end, but a new life beginning on a stranger shore. It will be a love story. For she will be my heroine for all time. And her name will be Viola.” Twelfth Night — Shakespeare

Water connects us, under our skin and surrounding us in our natural environment, to the world. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, water carried goods from port city to port city, from Venice to myriad cities on the Mediterranean. A source of food, inspiration, and awe, our very existence depends on water. Rivers connected cities to major bodies of water—Hamburg on the Elbe, Lübeck on the Trave, Vienna on the Danube, Bremen on the Weser, Strasbourg, Mannheim and Cologne on the Rhein, and Paris on the Seine. Water carried composers such as G. F. Handel from Hamburg to London, and connected these major artistic and cultural centers to the world. Our 2017 San Francisco Early Music Summer Baroque Workshop explores the music of composers who worked in and travelled to these major centers: G. P. Telemann’s instrumental works for winds and strings, Claudio Monteverdi’s sacred and secular music, and Heinrich Schütz’ motets composed while visiting Venice. Repertoire will include vocal arias and instrumental works by G. F. Handel during his years in London, vocal and organ works by Dietrich Büxtehude working in Lübeck, and keyboard works by François Couperin in Paris and at Versailles. Instrumental works by Giovanni Priuli and his contemporaries at the Habsburg court in Vienna will be of interest to instrumentalists who specialize in early seventeenth-century repertoire in addition to the splendor of works by Venetian composers.

Our workshop provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for both the dedicated amateur and the semi-professional musician. Our faculty of specialists in the field of early music includes internationally known performers and gifted teachers. Our week of concentrated playing and learning will be filled with beautiful works 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! Pitch: A = 415 Hz. 


Linda Pearse, Workshop and Artistic Director, sackbut David Wilson, baroque violin William Skeen, baroque cello and viola da gamba Sandra Miller, traverso Clea Galhano, recorder Sand Dalton, baroque oboe Bruce Dickey, cornetto Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon Rita Lilly, voice Aaron Sheehan, voice Peter Sykes, harpsichord Nigel North, lute and theorbo

The orchestra at the 2013 Baroque Workshop.

The orchestra at the 2013 Baroque Workshop.

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

Non-Member: $700 by April 30; $750 thereafter
SFEMS/EMA/ARS Member: $655 by April 30, $705 thereafter

If you are an EMA or ARS member and NOT a SFEMS member, you MUST contact SFEMS prior to registering at to receive this discount.

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As a member of the San Francisco Early Music Society, you will receive workshop tuition discounts, discount concert series tickets, your name in our program book, and our weekly e-newsletter with the latest in Bay Area early music news and event listings. You will also be a part of one of the oldest and most influential early music organizations in North America.

SFEMS Member Workshop Discounts
To join SFEMS or to update your membership status, please CLICK HERE to join prior to registering for this workshop to receive your member discount.  You must join as a member prior to registering to receive this discount. 

If you are already a SFEMS member, your discount will apply automatically when registering.

Room and Board: 6 nights, $750 (single rooms, with private bath in a 4 bedroom suite)

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Tuition assistance is available through our work study funds, which you may apply for here. Other scholarships are available through various scholarship programs, which you can learn more about here. Additional questions regarding fees, logistics, or other matters? Contact us at Questions about the workshop? Contact director Linda Pearse at