Baroque Workshop


Wars, Conquests, and Beheadings: The Music of the Courts in England, France and Italy

June 19 – 25, 2016
Holy Names University, Oakland, CA

“Whether it be the “Sun King,” Louis XIV of France, Charles II and James II of England, or the Gonzagas of Mantua, rulers and their court life provide fascinating ground for engagement at this year’s Baroque workshop. Composers for study include G. F. Handel, Matthew Locke, Thomas Tomkins, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Claudio Monteverdi, and others.

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 Millertraverso
Clea Galhano, recorder
Sand Dalton, baroque oboe
Bruce Dickeycornetto
Anna Marsh, baroque bassoon
Rita Lilly, voice
Drew Minter, voice
Peter Sykes, harpsichord
John Lenti, lute and theorbo

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The orchestra at the 2013 Baroque Workshop.

The orchestra at the 2013 Baroque Workshop.

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information


Non-Member: $670 by April 30; $720 thereafter
SFEMS Member: $625 by April 30, $675 thereafter

Room and Board
$600 double occupancy (two people per room);
$675 single occupancy

Meals Only (no room): $200

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

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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