Baroque Music Workshop
June 30 - July 6, 2013
Music from the Habsburg Court
Director: Linda Pearse
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Welcome Baroque Enthusiasts!
Dates: June 30 - July 6, 2013
Place: the peaceful campus of Sonoma State University in the heart of
California's premier wine country
Music from the Habsburg Court
The Habsburgs were the most powerful and long-lived ruling family that Europe has
known. Their enormous influence and patronage of the musical arts inspired
prominent composers to produce vast numbers of stunning Baroque works. The
workshop will explore this music and the influence of the Habsburg Court with works
by composers like Georg Muffat, J.H. Schmelzer, Antonio Bertali, G.B. Buonamente,
J.J. Fux, and Antonio Caldara. The workshop strives to create a positive and
motivating environment where participants are engaged and challenged to create
beautiful music to the best of their ability.
Daily master classes offer each participant the opportunity to hone skills both
technical and musical and to explore new modes of expression in prepared pieces.
Instrumental and vocal techniques will be addressed by each instructor. We offer
classes for recorder, Baroque oboe, Baroque flute, bassoon, violin/viola, cello,
Baroque trombone, viola da gamba, harpsichord/organ, and voice.
Elective classes include Orchestra, Chorus, Oboe Band, Performance Practice in
Action, Continuo. Each participant will have the opportunity to work in a small
ensemble with a coach, exploring repertoire and interpretation with the goal of
performance at the end of the week. Faculty performances, lecture-demonstrations,
and Concerto Evening (in which participants perform a concerto movement with
orchestra) round out a week of inspiring music making and learning.
Please see the links near the top of this page for more detail about the faculty,
classes, schedules, registration, and much, much more.
Our workshop provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere for both the dedicated
amateur and the professional musician. Our faculty of specialists in the field of
early music is internationally known performers as well as gifted teachers.
A Day in the Life of a Baroque Workshop Participant
Breakfast is bright and early, affording time for a bit of sight reading or personal
practice before morning master classes begin.
Mornings at the Baroque Workshop are spent in master classes with our supportive and
virtuoso faculty members. Each instructor will guide students through his or her
own unique combination of repertoire, technique work, and performance practice.
Students will have the opportunity to play a prepared piece for the class,
receiving individual attention from the instructor. Check the Master Classes tab
after March 1st for information on specific master classes and for repertoire lists,
so that you will know what to prepare.
Afternoons are spent in a combination of rehearsals for the Orchestra or Special
Performance Project (please check the tabs above for details of these offerings)
and in elective classes, including Oboe Band (with bassoons), and Performance
Practice. Afternoon classes conclude with coached ensembles.
After class, participants are free to join the faculty for "happy hour" lecture/demonstrations, put their feet up in the comfortable dorm suites, practice on their own, or get together with other participants for some Baroque sight reading.
Each evening features a unique after-dinner event, including, among other things,
faculty performances and Concerto Evening, in which participants may sign up to
play a movement of a Baroque concerto or sing an aria accompanied by the Baroque
Our week of concentrated playing and learning will be filled with the beautiful
works of the Habsburgs and interspersed with social gatherings with like-minded
players from all around the country. These activities culminate in a night and a
morning of very high-level student performances. Participants leave the workshop
replete with new musical ideas, with new repertoire under their belts and new
friends for future music making.
Sand Dalton, Baroque oboe
Adam Knight Gilbert, recorder
Kathleen Kraft, Baroque flute
Kati Kyme, Baroque violin (and orchestra)
Rita Lilly, voice
Anna Marsh, Baroque bassoon
Linda Pearse, Baroque trombone
William Skeen, Baroque cello
Mary Springfels, viola da gamba
Peter Sykes, harpsichord
Workshop Fees and Online Enrollment
The fee for the Baroque Workshop is $545 until April 30, $595 for enrollment received
May 1 or later. Discounts are available for SFEMS members and for enrollment in more
than one workshop. Room and board at Sonoma State is $625, room without board, $545
(this choice is limited in number). Rooms at Sonoma State are single occupancy only.
All details appear on the
online enrollment page.
Mark your calendars now for the
SFEMS Baroque Workshop. Enroll by April 30 and save!
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