Medieval & Renaissance Workshop

Summer 2017 workshops have now concluded. Stay tuned for 2018 dates to be announced this fall! 

Johann Theodor de Bry’s engraving of Robert Fludd’s “musical Tetragrammaton”

SFEMS Medieval and Renaissance Workshop
The Triumph of Music

July 2 – July 8, 2017
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA

The Triumph of Music

Francesco Petrarch’s poem knew what trumps what. Enlisting his 14th-century poem The Triumphs (I Trionfi), we invite our faculty and students to explore themes relating to the monumental themes of Love, Chastity, Death, Fame, Time, and Eternity.

Our Collegium will perform “The Triumph of Love and Death: Music for the Rise and Fall and Rise of the Medici,” a program that captures the lavish culture of Lorenzo de Medici’s Florence, the story of Lorenzo’s Death, the rise and death of religious zealot Girolamo Savonarola and his Bonfires of the Vanities, and the eventual triumphant return of the magnificent and vengeful Medici family in 1513.

Class topics will also feature music commemorating the five hundredth anniversary of the watershed 1517, the year that saw the start of the Reformation, the publication of Johannes Reuchlin’s De arte cabbalistica, the death of Henricus Isaac, and the last compositions of his ill-fated student Adam Rener. From one annus mirabilis et horribilis to another, we will all find joy in the Triumph of Music!

More details on 2017 class descriptions can be found here


Karen Clark, voice and medieval song
Bianca Hall, voice and Renaissance song
Mary Springfels, viola da gamba and vielle
David Morris, viola da gamba
Adam Gilbert, recorder, double reeds, collegium
Rotem Gilbert, recorder and double reeds
Adam Bregman, sackbut and early winds

Questions? Contact director Adam Knight Gilbert  at

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

The 2017 SFEMS Medieval Renaissance Workshop is now full. Registration is closed. If you’d like to you be added to the workshop waitlist, please send an email

If have already enrolled and would like to sign up online for Room & Board, a meal plan, or pay a tuition balance, you may still do that at the registration site here.

Non-Member: $655 by April 30; $705 thereafter
SFEMS/EMA/ARS Member: $610 by April 30, $660 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: $685
Lunch and dinner only (no room): $180
Lunch only (no room): $75

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

Additional questions regarding fees, logistics, or other matters? Contact us at Questions about the workshop? Contact director Adam Knight Gilbert at