SFEMS Workshops and Classes

Here at SFEMS, we’re excited about being able to provide both virtual and in-person opportunities to learn more about early music!

Join us for our fall 2022 Virtual Class Mini-Festival on November 19 and 20. Register for our classes now!

Learn more and register

As we’re preparing for our 2023 summer workshops, learn a little more about what makes our camps—which have been going on for over four decades—a memorable experience for all!

Check back for the 2023 dates!

Questions? Please contact administrator Stacey Helley at workshops@sfems.org.

SFEMS takes an active role in music education.

SFEMS offers a nationally renowned series of summer workshops, first held in 1980, taught by acclaimed artists to over 300 amateur and professional musicians. SFEMS offers one of the most comprehensive summer early music programs in the United States, led by a faculty of international artists in residence. The Medieval and RenaissanceBaroqueRecorder, and Classical workshops offer instrumental and vocal master classes, lectures, coached ensembles, and recitals and provide opportunities for musicians and dancers at a variety of levels to improve their ensemble skills, performance techniques, and teaching abilities.

The Music Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium is a day camp for children and youth with all levels of musical experience.

Quotes from past participants

“Very positive, encouraging, nonjudgmental attitude from both fellow students and of course from our teachers, who set that tone from the first moment we met. Master class format in which one listens in on another student’s work is instructive and exciting in all kinds of unexpected ways, even when the other student’s abilities are vastly different from one’s own.”

— from the 2013 Baroque Workshop

When I attended the SFEMS summer workshop I had just gotten my hands on a baroque oboe and didn’t quite know where to put the fingers. It was just what I needed: a friendly, relaxed, yet challenging atmosphere. What amazes me when I think about it now is that some of the people I met then have remained friends and colleagues to this day, and I’m sure that’s true for many other participants, not just the crazy ones who somehow turned it into a career.

— Gonzalo X. Ruiz, professional Baroque oboist and Juilliard faculty