UPDATED April 19, 2020: As we continue to navigate the global health crisis, we are adapting our summer workshops to protect the health of our participants, faculty and staff.
- The Baroque, Medieval/Renaissance, and Recorder Workshops will hold online sessions in May and June. Information is currently available for the May classes, and will be available in mid-May for the June classes.
- The Music Discovery Workshop/Youth Collegium (originally scheduled June 15–19) will also move online, dates TBD.
- The Classical Workshop (originally scheduled July 13–18) will be postponed, dates TBD.
If you registered for our in-person Baroque, Medieval/Renaissance, and Recorder Workshops, you may:
- Apply your tuition towards virtual classes;
- Request a full refund;
- Donate all or a portion of your tuition towards supporting SFEMS and the workshops in these fraught times.
We will provide more information soon about tuition options for the Music Discovery Workshop/Youth Collegium and Classical Workshop.
Questions? Please contact Stacey Helley.
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 Renaissance, Baroque, Recorder, 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. It incorporates a series of lectures for adults on topics in music history by musicologist John Prescott as well.
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