2023 Baroque Workshop

Theme TBA
Venue TBA
June 25 – July 1, 2023
Lindsey Strand-Polyak, Director

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(2022 theme) More about Restoration, Revival, and Regeneration

Disruptive and potentially life-threatening events litter the historical landscape of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. The Second Plague Pandemic, which had been ravaging Europe with bubonic plague since the 14th century, continued to take lives in outbreaks such as the 1679 Great Plague of Vienna (and the one in Prague two years later). A seemingly endless series of wars, including the Thirty Years War which ended in 1648 and the War of Spanish Succession which ended in 1713, killed hundreds of thousands and ravaged the lands. And natural disasters, such as the fire which burned down the city of Passau in 1662, resulted in death and destruction.

People who have been through events like these see the world with new eyes. They are grateful to have survived, mourn what has been lost, and more keenly appreciate the things which bring beauty and joy to their lives. For many of us, music is a powerful source of beauty and joy, and a really important part of how we move forward from challenging times. Our 2022 Baroque Workshop will be a celebration of how much we cherish being together to make and hear music with each other.

We are currently planning to only offer in-person string, vocal and keyboard instruction (pitch at A=415 Hz). However, our wind and brass faculty will be offering online lectures and classes in this year of transition. Stay tuned for more!

This year we will add a Baroque Workshop Choir to the schedule of classes in the 4pm–5:15pm hour.
Repertoire will be both a cappella and with Baroque orchestra.
Baroque Choir session will also be available à la carte. Tuition $100

To attend this workshop, proof of “up to date” vaccination against COVID-19 will be required. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.” For additional policies for SFEMS, please visit our COVID-19 protocol page.

Upon registration, please send proof of vaccination (in .pdf or .jpg form) to [email protected]

As the workshops draw nearer, we will make adjustments as pandemic restrictions ebb and flow. We ask for your patience as we navigate these confusing times together.

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.

In-person Faculty

Stay tuned. . . .

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

Full tuition: $850
Early Bird discount: $50 off tuition by April 8.
SFEMS Member discount: $50 off tuition (you must be a current member prior to enrollment).

Secure your spot with a non-refundable deposit of $175. To receive the Early Bird discount, the balance must be paid by April 8.

All outstanding tuition balances must be paid by June 11, 2023.

Once again, upon registration, please send proof of vaccination (in .pdf or .jpg form) to [email protected]


Tuition assistance is available through our scholarship and work study programs.
Additional questions regarding payment? Contact administrator Stacey Helley at [email protected]
Questions about the workshop? Contact us at [email protected]