Music Discovery

SFEMS’s Music Discovery and Youth Collegium is newly expanded for 2015!

June 14–19, 2015 at the School of the Madeleine, St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley, CA. More information about the 2015 workshop–with expanded offerings for beginners and older teens–will be available soon. In the meantime, feel free to browse info from the 2014 workshop below.

This year’s theme: “From Wolves to Knights to Kings and Queens: Storytelling in the Middle Ages”

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

The Music Discovery Workshop is a summer day camp for kids ages 7–15. Campers explore early music and history each year through instrument class, ensembles, dance, and theater projects for each age group. Besides music, dance and theater class, all campers have a period each day for games or quiet time.

Our theater project this year will explore the different ways that people told stories in the Middle Ages. From 12th-century French poet Marie de France comes the tale of Bisclavret, a knight turned into a wolf, who is trying desperately to explain the mistake to the king and queen. From medieval Spain come tales of traveling pilgrims who stay up all night rowdily dancing and singing in the city of Montserrat—to the dismay of the local monks, who must figure out how to keep them entertained. In centuries-old song, dance, poetry, and drama, we’ll be discovering the ways people of the Middle Ages entertained themselves.

Questions? Contact director Tish Berlin at discoveryworkshop@sfems.org.

FACULTY: Vida Bateau, recorder; Tish Berlin, recorder/musicianship; Shulamit Kleinerman, dance/theater project; Carla Moore, violin/viola, musicianship; Farley Pearce, cello/viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

The Prescott Lectures for interested adults will return to St. Mary Magdalen this June! This summer’s topic is “Versailles, Paris, and Beyond: the Glories of the French Baroque.” More information and registration materials are now available.

View a video about the Music Discovery Workshop:


Dates, Deadlines, and Fees

Tuition: $440 before April 30, $490 May 1 or later
Family discount: $50 per each additional sibling

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

To register for the Music Discovery 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 khagen@sfems.org.