Medieval & Renaissance Workshop

2019 SFEMS Medieval & Renaissance Workshop
St. Albert’s Priory, Oakland, CA
June 30–July 6, 2019

Sine nomine: Celebrating Anonymous Composers and Songs with No Name

This year, we will celebrate two kinds of music with no name. First, we will explore works by anonymous composers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Too many compositions are overlooked because their author is unknown. 

Second, we will explore works called Missa Sine nomine (“Mass Without a Name”). Masses built on a song whose identity remains unknown. 

If you are looking for works by those great composers, never fear. We will compare anonymous music to works by known masters. In some cases, we will identify lost models for masses and attribute anonymous compositions to some of the great composers of the era. 

By the end of the week, we think you will concur that some of the greatest composers of the Middle Ages and Renaissance are anonymous. 

Adam Gilbert, Workshop Director, recorder and double reeds
Bianca Hall, Workshop Assistant Director, voice and Renaissance song

Malachai Komanoff Bandy, viol and beginning viol
Adam Bregman, sackbut, winds and reeds
Karen Clark, voice
Rotem Gilbert, recorders and reeds
Shira Kammen, vielle and fiddle
David Morris, viol
Mary Springfels, viol and vielle


Questions? Contact director Adam Knight Gilbert  at

Dates, Deadlines, and Fee Information

2019 Tuition
Non-Member: $675 by March 31; $725 thereafter
SFEMS/EMA/ARS Member: $630 by March 31, $680 thereafter

Room and Board: $720
Lunch and dinner only (no room): $180
Lunch only (no room): $75

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 director Adam Knight Gilbert at



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