Classical Workshop

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2018 Baroque Workshop will be held June 24 – 30, 2018

SFEMS Classical Workshop
Haydn: Padre, Amico e Guido

July 23 – 29, 2017
School of the Madeleine, St. Mary Magdalen, Berkeley, CA

Our theme this year is “Haydn: Father, Friend and Guide,” Mozart’s reverential reference to his mentor. We will explore the rich and wonderful musical world of Haydn and Mozart, as well as that of Haydn’s students including Beethoven. We will also delve into the works of composers who dedicated  their music to Haydn.

The Classical Workshop invites string players, fortepianists and pairs of oboes, flutes, clarinets and bassoons to explore chamber music for strings, winds and keyboards. All ages and levels of experiences are welcome.


Workshop Directors: Kati Kyme and William Skeen

classical workshop performers

A trio performs at the 2013 Classical Workshop.

The Classical Workshop is America’s only workshop dedicated to late 18th-century performance practice. We meet for one week in July to explore string chamber music of the Classical era. Morning and afternoon coaching sessions by the New Esterházy Quartet are followed each evening by informal performances of the day’s repertoire. Private instruction and colloquia on bowing and fingering complement our program. The workshop invites string players of all ages and abilities. Pre-formed ensembles are welcome too.

FACULTY: The New Esterházy Quartet – Kati Kyme, violin; Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, violin and viola; William Skeen, cello
Karen Rosenak, fortepiano, Marc Schachman, oboe.

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information


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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.

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 directors Kati Kyme and Bill Skeen at