Classical Workshop

UPDATED August 4, 2020: It is with regret that we announce that the 2020 Classical Workshop is canceled because of the pandemic. Registrants will be offered a full refund, with an option as well to donate their payment back to SFEMS.

School of the Madeleine (1225 Milvia Street, Berkeley)
July 13–18, 2020
Kati Kyme and William Skeen, directors

Happy Birthday, Ludwig!

We will feature duos, trios, quartets, and quintets by Beethoven to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth. We welcomes musicians at all levels who play on classical winds (A=430) and gut-strung strings.

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

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

Non-Member: $700 by April 15; $750 thereafter
SFEMS Member: $650 by April 15; $700 thereafter


Tuition assistance is available through our scholarship and work study programs.

Additional questions regarding payment? Contact Stacey Helley at

Questions about the workshop? Contact directors Kati Kyme and William Skeen at