Medieval & Renaissance

SFEMS’s Medieval and Renaissance Workshop returns!

June 28-July 4, 2015, at St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA. More information on the 2015 Workshop coming soon–feel free to browse the 2014 information below.

This year’s theme: “The Marriage of Sound and Symbol”

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Adam Gilbert. photo: Bill Lazar

For people of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, music wasn’t just pretty; it almost always meant something, either through allegorical symbolism of theology or architecture and madrigalistic representation of images, text, and emotion. Join us as we explore the entire range of Medieval and Renaissance music, while navigating the realm of musical symbolism, performing the history of the early modern marriage of image, text and music. With an all-workshop collegium concert telling the story of Marian symbolism from the melodies and narratives of the medieval pastourelle and allegorical motets of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, to the sublime Marian symbolism of motets and Mass of Henricus Isaac and Josquin Desprez. Afternoon classes include music for voices, recorders, loud wind ensemble, and bowed and plucked strings, the entire early modern instrumentarium!

Class descriptions and daily schedule now available!

Questions? Contract director Adam Knight Gilbert  at

FACULTY: Anne Azema, voice and collegium; Adam Gilbert, recorder, loud band, and collegium; Bianca Hall, voice; Shira Kammen, vielle; Debra Nagy, recorder, shawms, and douçaine; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba; Jason Yoshida, lute, vihuela, and Renaissance guitar

Join us also for the 2014 Medieval and Renaissance Workshop Collegium – a scholarship fundraiser and thematic “teaser” for this year’s workshops! Saturday, May 17, 2014, from 9:30am-4pm at St. Mary Magdalen Church in north Berkeley. Download the collegium flyer.


Dates, Deadlines, and Fees

Tuition: $560 before April 30, $610 May 1 or later
Room and Board: $650
Room only (no meals): $560
SFEMS/EMA/ARS member discount: $10

Please contact the SFEMS Office to register if you are an EMA or ARS member and not also a SFEMS member.

Tuition assistance is available–visit the Scholarships page for more information.

To register for the Medieval and Renaissance Workshop, find instructions on the Registration info page–or go directly to online registration.

Additional questions regarding fees, logistics, or other matters? Contact Katie Hagen, Workshop Administrator, at