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

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Drop-off starting at 8:45AM; aftercare is available for an additional fee. For questions about aftercare, please contact Workshop Director Yuko Tanaka at

Our workshop features something for everyone this year. For younger kids looking for a fun, artistic introduction to the Baroque, 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 in greater depth.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Fairies dance at the 2012 Music Discovery Workshop.

Music Discovery Workshop for Kids

Commedia dell’Arte

Children in grades 1 and up 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 harpsichord, recorder, and
– Early music chamber ensembles
– A final concert featuring dancing, a play, and chamber music from the 15th and 16th centuries.

Youth Collegium

The Youth Collegium is a parallel program open to rising 7th graders through 12th graders with prior instrumental and vocal experience who are ready for deeper musical exploration. This year, Youth Collegium participants will delve into the world of Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer to the Sun King, Louis XIV. Come explore Lully’s comedic ballet, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, complete with a Turkish March, a Spanish air, and clowns and characters from the Commedia dell’arte.

All Youth Collegium applicants must submit a brief video so we may be able to assess musical level. This video does not have to be a performance, it may be a brief recording of a piece or a work in progress and may be filmed on a mobile device. Please send this video to director Yuko Tanaka at

Course offerings include:
– Masterclasses
– Instrumental and vocal ensembles
– All-Collegium band
– Elective options: dance, drama, and art

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
Ondine Young, voice
Adam Sussman, theater
Amy Luper, Arts and crafts program designer

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

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$440 by April 30; $490 thereafter.
Sibling discount: $50
SFEMS/EMA/ARS member discount:

Questions about registration? Contact us at For workshop questions please ontact director Yuko Tanaka at