Baroque Workshop


2018 SFEMS Baroque Workshop
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
June 10 – 16, 2018

Dances and Variations: Music for Court and Chapel

Inspiring dances of the French court, exquisite sacred music of the Habsburg Emperors, and divine music for organ from northern Europe—all these await the participants of the SFEMS Baroque Workshop 2018. Work with our internationally acclaimed faculty on Baroque dance and its musical implications, enjoy the exquisite Brombaugh Organ in the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Hall, and for early brass and others with a penchant for seventeenth-century music, work on repertoire of seventeenth-century sacred music from Vienna.

The SFEMS Baroque Workshop opens its doors to dedicated amateur and emerging professional musicians interested in being inspired and challenged for a week of intense music making and enjoyable social exchange. In addition to our focus on eighteenth-century music, we are the only workshop in North America to offer a focus on seventeenth-century music.

Julie Andrijeski, baroque dance and violin faculty member

Dance and Variations: As a mode of communication, as an outlet for improvisation, for celebration and expression,indeed dance and its variations forms are ubiquitous to most types of Baroque music. Dance and music have gone hand-in-hand throughout history, and the Baroque era is no exception. Musicians, even those who haven’t danced before, can learn much about movement in general and how it can enhance our music-making by taking a Baroque dance class with dancer and violinist Julie Andrijeski. Put on your dancing shoes and learn the secrets to minuets, bourées, gavottes and more. The implications of dance for singers and instrumentalists are far reaching and impressive. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to study and perform dance-inspired music by composers such as François Couperin, J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, and others. Recorder players, violinists, singers, flautists, gambists, cellists, keyboardists, lutenists, and double-reed players will be challenged and encouraged by our engaged and internationally recognized faculty.

Music of the Habsburg Court: The opulence and intensity of music-making at the Habsburg Court and in the surrounding Bohemian and Moravian Crown Lands during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries serves as the background for many compositional developments and exciting and interesting trends in music making. Directed by virtuoso cornettist Bruce Dickey, the early brass participants will explore the sumptuous polyphonic and polychoral music of Giovanni Priuli, Christoph Strauss, Lambert de Sayve, and other Habsburg composers. Advanced players are welcome to engage with music for Kroměříž or small-ensemble music. Singers may wish to engage with Austrian composers such as Antonio Caldara, and strings players with the music of Antonio Bertali, Heinrich Schmelzer and H. I. F. Biber.

An Iconic Organ: The revival of historic organ building practices owes much to the seminal work of John Brombaugh. His revolutionary 1972 organ for the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Toledo, now in Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State, was a landmark, which still has much to teach anyone wanting to learn how to make an organ really sing. For organ participants, this workshop will focus on this organ’s exquisite voicing, winding, tuning, and action in examining the relationship between instrument and repertoire throughout seventeenth-century northern Europe, and particularly how it relates to harpsichord and clavichord playing.

2017 Baroque Workshop Participants

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: The strings and winds are at 415Hz. The brass will play at 440Hz for the vocal/brass ensemble project and play at 465Hz and transpose down one tone for some chamber ensembles. For string players interested in high pitch playing and seventeenth-century music specifically, Julie Andrijeski will be offering coaching in this area. For brass participants who do not play at 465Hz we will create one or two chamber ensembles at 440Hz to serve your needs. These ensembles will be either unaccompanied or accompanied by the continuo organ at 440Hz. 

2018 Baroque Workshop Schedule

2018 Baroque Workshop Class Descriptions


Faculty: Ryland Angel (voice), Julie Andrijeski (Baroque dance and violin), Bruce Dickey (cornetto),Cléa Galhano (recorder), Rita Lilly (voice), Anna Marsh (bassoon, dulcian), Sandra Miller (traverso), Kathryn Montoya (oboe), Nigel North (lute and theorbo), Linda Pearse (artistic director, sackbut), William Skeen (cello and viola da gamba), Peter Sykes (harpsichord and organ), David Wilson (violin)

2017 Baroque Workshop Faculty Concert

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information


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

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

If you are interested in purchasing a commuter meal plan, please contact:

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.


Tuition assistance and in some cases housing support is available through our scholarship and Work-Study Programs, 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