Music Discovery & Youth Collegium

SFEMS Music Discovery and Youth Collegium 
Commedia dell’Arte

June 19 – 24, 2016
School of the Madeleine
St. Mary Magdalen Parish, Berkeley, CA
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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. The Youth Collegium is a parallel program for middle- and high-school-aged singers and musicians who want to explore early music more in depth.

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: Commedia dell’Arte

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.

Faculty List
Tish Berlin, recorder and musicianship
Carla Moore, violin, viola, and musicianship
Farley Pearce, cello and viola da gamba
Yuko Tanaka, Workshop Director, harpsichord
Kate Offer, voice
Felicity Hesed, theater

View a video about the Music Discovery Workshop:


Youth Collegium

Youth Collegium will delve into the world of Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer to the Sun King, Louis XIV. Come explore his comedic ballet Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, complete with a Turkish March, a Spanish air, and clowns and characters from Commedia dell’arte.

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:

- Masterclasses
- 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 discoveryworkshop@sfems.org prior to registering.**


Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information Coming Soon
Registration Opening February 2016

Questions? Contact director Yuko Tanaka at discoveryworkshop@sfems.org.