Music Discovery & Youth Collegium

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.

Our workshop features something for everyone this year. For younger kids looking for a fun, artistic introduction to the Renaissance, there is the Music Discovery Workshop—no prior musical training needed. New this year is the Youth Collegium, a parallel program for middle- and high-school-aged singers and musicians who want to explore early music more in depth.

Read co-director Shulamit Kleinerman’s January 2015 article about the Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Music Discovery Workshop for Kids

This year’s theme: “Galileo’s Dreams: Music, Dance, Drama, and Art from the Italian Renaissance”

You may know about Galileo Galilei, the famous scientist…but did you know he played the lute and was the son of a renowned music theorist? Come join us as we reenact the lively happenings in the Galilei household, from performances of Renaissance music to dreams about the stars above—and the drama of being at the center of a scientific inquisition.

Children ages 7-13 with an interest in the arts and music of the past are welcome as we bring the Italian Renaissance to life in song, instrumental music, art, dance, and drama. Activities include:

- Singing
- Dancing
- Drama
- Crafts
- Instrumental group classes for piano/harpsichord, recorder, and strings (for kids with prior experience)
- Early music chamber ensembles (for kids with one or more years of experience)
- A final concert featuring dancing, a play, and chamber music from the 15th and 16th centuries.

View a video about the Music Discovery Workshop:


Youth Collegium

This year’s theme: “Concerti Grossi in the Italian Style”

Older musicians (rising 7th graders and up) who are ready for an in-depth musical experience can enjoy a week of musical immersion. Come see why Corelli’s virtuosic, lively concerti grossi are still so popular after 300 years! Course offerings include:

- Master classes
- Instrumental and vocal ensembles
- Theory and musicianship classes
- All-Collegium band
- Elective options: dance, drama, and art

**A short video audition is required for all participants in the Youth Collegium. Please include two movements/pieces that you have recently learned. Phone videos and pieces in progress are fine! Please upload your video using WeTransfer or Dropbox and send a link to prior to registering.**

Questions? Contact co-directors Yuko Tanaka and Shulamit Kleinerman at

FACULTY: Tish Berlin, recorder; Jonathon Hampton, voice; Jamia Hansen-Murray, dance; Shulamit Kleinerman, dance/theater project; Amy Lupercrafts; Carla Moore, violin/viola, musicianship; Farley Pearce, cello/viola da gamba; Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord.

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.

Registration information is now available!

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