2023 Medieval & Renaissance Workshop

From Bingen to Byrd: Music of the German and English Lands
Venue TBA—yes, we are finalizing overnight accommodations
July 16–22, 2023
Adam Knight Gilbert, director

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This year, our workshop will focus on music from German lands and sources, ranging from Hildegard von Bingen to the works of the Glogauer Liederbuch, the great Manuscripts Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig, and to the music of the German Reformation. Rest assured we won’t forget the music of Isaac, Senfl, and Lassus! And in honor of the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Byrd, we will explore a healthy dose of English music, from the earliest medieval songs and dances to the madrigals and anthems of Byrd, Dowland, and their contemporaries. 

SFEMS’s Medieval/Renaissance Workshop returns live  with classes and concerts on a wide range of music, focusing on special songs, dances, motets, and Masses celebrating the sacred form of the circle and the endless return of love, life, and hope.

In addition to a busy schedule of four classes per day, the workshop offers nightly events, including an evening lecture, concerts by students, faculty, and a visiting ensemble.

Workshop Format
There are 4 class periods a day: your choice of technique classes in the morning; a late morning Collegium for the whole group; and 2 special topic classes in the afternoon. Each evening, there is time for individual or group practice, followed by a presentation and/or concert.

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]

All indoor spaces have windows as well as HEPA filtration systems to ensure good ventilation, and we will also have outdoor classes. Closer to the workshop dates, we will ask for your current level of comfort for playing together indoors or outdoors with other wind instrumentalists and singers.

SFEMS is working to finalize the details of overnight accommodations for the 2023 summer workshops. 

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.


Adam Knight Gilbert winds and collegium
Adam Bregman brass and winds
Anne Azéma voice
Shira Kammen vielle and fiddle
Bob Wiekmen, recorder
Joan Kimball, recorder
David Morris viol

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

Full tuition: $800
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 July 4, 2023.

Cancellations: No tuition and room & board refunds will be given for cancellations made within two weeks of the start of any workshop. If cancellations are made before the two-week period, tuition is refundable except for the deposit.

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 director Adam Gilbert at [email protected]