Classical Workshop

2019 SFEMS Classical Workshop
School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, CA
July 1420, 2019

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1789: A Pivotal Year

1789 marks the dividing line between the Enlightenment and Romanticism by the start of the French Revolution. Famous Classical composers such as Mozart and Haydn were writing their masterpieces at this time, and later writers such as Beethoven were inspired deeply by the events of that year. Our cherished chamber musicians will enjoy brilliant works produced in the period leading up to, as well as the fruits of a new age. The SFEMS Classical Workshop welcomes musicians at all levels who play on classical winds (A=430) and gut-strung strings.

Workshop Directors: Kati Kyme and William Skeen

classical workshop performers
A trio performs at the 2013 Classical Workshop.

The Classical Workshop is America’s only workshop dedicated to late 18th-century performance practice. We meet for one week in July to explore string chamber music of the Classical era. Morning and afternoon coaching sessions by the New Esterházy Quartet are followed each evening by informal performances of the day’s repertoire. Private instruction and colloquia on bowing and fingering complement our program. The workshop invites string players of all ages and abilities. Pre-formed ensembles are welcome too.



The New Esterházy Quartet – Kati Kyme, violin; Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, violin and viola; William Skeen, cello; Stephen Schultz, flute

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

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2019 Tuition

Non-Member: $675 by March 31; $725 thereafter
SFEMS/EMA/ARS Member: $630 by March 31, $680 thereafter

If you are an EMA or ARS member and NOT a SFEMS member, you MUST contact SFEMS prior to registering at to receive this discount.

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As a member of the San Francisco Early Music Society, you will receive workshop tuition discounts, discount concert series tickets, your name in our program book, and our weekly e-newsletter with the latest in Bay Area early music news and event listings. You will also be a part of one of the oldest and most influential early music organizations in North America.

SFEMS Member Workshop Discounts
To join SFEMS or to update your membership status, please CLICK HERE to join prior to registering for this workshop to receive your member discount. You must join as a member prior to registering to receive this discount.

If you are already a SFEMS member, your discount will apply automatically when registering.

Tuition assistance is available–visit the Scholarships page for more information.

Additional questions regarding fees, logistics, or other matters? Contact us at Questions about the workshop? Contact directors Kati Kyme and Bill Skeen at

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