California Bach Season Surveys French, German and Italian Works

The California Bach Society announces a season of unforgettable music, ranging from the French Baroque to the earliest works of J.S. Bach. It’s a season full of varied and glorious music you won’t want to miss! The season opens on October 15–17 with “Splendor at Versailles,” masterpieces from three of the greatest composers of the […]

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Radiant, Ravishing, Renaissance!

San Francisco Renaissance Voices Tenth Anniversary Season by Katherine McKee, Music Director, SFRV San Francisco Renaissance Voices is turning 10 this year, and we are spoiling ourselves and our audiences with a year-long celebration of our raison d’etre—the stunningly beautiful, diverse, inspiring, and enduring music of the Renaissance. Our stellar choristers will be joined by […]

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Marin Baroque 2014–15 Season

Marin Baroque, an emerging professional chamber choir and period instrument orchestra led by Music Director Daniel Canosa, is pleased to announce its 2014–15 season. Our fall concert, “Sturm und Drang, Music for Uncertain Times” (November 15), will include Joseph Haydn’s beautiful “Lord Nelson” Mass and feature Yuko Tanaka as harpsichord soloist in C.P.E. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto […]

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SFEMS Workshops and Children’s Education

by Suzanne Siebert SFEMS has promoted the education of children in period music over the years. Among these activities for children’s education have been the Music Discovery week-long workshops held summers for children about 8 to 14. Tish Berlin has been the Director of this workshop for many years. My granddaughters Lucy and Sandra spent […]

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MPRO Seeks New Members

The Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra is currently accepting new members for its 2014-2015 season. All those who play recorder, early winds or early strings are invited to join. Joining the orchestra is a wonderful opportunity for those who play recorder and other early instruments to hone their performing and technical skills. Membership is open without audition […]

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Job Offering:
 Alto or Countertenor Section Leader

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakland, is seeking 
a professional alto or countertenor for St. Paul’s Choir. The successful candidate will help lead a quartet 
that is the backbone of the choir. Early music and English cathedral repertoire are specialties. A straight, blended tone is required. Job details are on the St. Paul’s website here: St. […]

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San Francisco Bach Choir Auditions for 2014–15

Join a really great choir! Sing rare early music gems and choral masterpieces in an inspired ensemble with world-class soloists and period instruments. SFBC is gearing up for its exciting 2014–15 season under newly-appointed Artistic Director, Magen Solomon. We invite experienced singers with good reading skills to audition for our dynamic and high-level volunteer chorus, now […]

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Project Zefiro: Gaudeamus

Once again, SFEMS Affiliate Alta Sonora is sponsoring a limited, pre-auditioned workshop of wind band players this August. Dan Stillman and Greg Ingles will be coaching 13 Renaissance brass and reed players from all over the country—3 cornetts, 5 sackbuts, and 5 reeds—in week-long rehearsals at St. Alban’s for a grand concert on the night […]

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Junior Bach Auditions—Coming Soon!

Dear Music Teacher, Welcome to the beginning of the Junior Bach Festival’s 2014–2015 season! We thank you if you have prepared students to audition for the Junior Bach Festival in the past, and we hope you will encourage your advanced students to apply this year. We will accept applications between October 1 and December 1. […]

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Something Old, Something New

The Transition from Renaissance to Baroque John Prescott, Ph.D., will present an entirely new early music course this coming month, from Monday, August 11, through Friday, August 15. The five-day lecture series once again will be held at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman Street in Berkeley, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Dr. Prescott’s lectures have become […]

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Singing Study Group on St. Hildegard von Bingen

Her music and significance in our modern lives by Karen Clark This summer I offer a series of three Saturday afternoon sessions—July 12 and 26, and August 2, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—that focus on the life and music of Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179). Over the course of these several weeks, I encourage participants […]

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Music Discovery Workshop—A Summer Day Camp for Youngsters 7–15

St. Mary Magdalen and the School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, CA (June 22–27) by Letitia Berlin, Music Discovery Workshop Director We’re looking forward to another wonderful week at the Music Discovery Workshop this June! We’ll be back at the School of the Madeleine in North Berkeley, with our gifted Discovery faculty. Come join us for […]

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Does The Sun King Really Support Music Education?

John Prescott, Ph.D., who gives pre-concert music lectures, workshops, discussions, and seminars on classical music, will present a five-day lecture course (9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday June 23 through Friday June 27) on the glories of French baroque music, “Versailles, Paris and Beyond.” This course for interested adults will be held in conjunction with the […]

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McKee New Music Director of San Francisco Renaissance Voices

San Francisco Renaissance Voices is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Katherine McKee as Music Director effective the upcoming 2014–15 season. Ms. McKee replaces Mr. Todd Jolly, who has led the group as Music Director since its founding in 2004. Mr. Jolly has been appointed to the honorary position of Emeritus Music Director that […]

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SFEMS Baroque Workshop — Venice and its Music

SFEMS Baroque Workshop – 2014 Features Venetian Influences! The San Francisco Early Music Society’s Summer Baroque Workshop has been providing amateur and pre-professional musicians with expert guidance, motivation, skills, and the means to achieve and experience artistic excellence for over thirty years. Our participants come from all walks of life and a variety of career […]

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MPRO Spring Concert

From Hothby to Cowell On Saturday, May 31, the Mid-Peninsula Recorder Orchestra will present a concert at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos at 4:30 p.m.   The program will feature a concerto by Telemann, a setting of The Song of Songs by the late medieval composer John Hothby, two recorder […]

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Chamber Music Workshop at Stanford

PBO and Stanford Live to Reprise Popular Community Event Back by popular demand, Philharmonia and Stanford Live are once again teaming up to offer a community chamber music workshop with coaches from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The workshop, presented by Stanford Live, is free and open to the public, and will be held in Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall […]

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