From May 1 to August 1, SFEMS offered three months of virtual class offerings from our Baroque, Classical, Medieval/Renaissance, and Recorder Workshops! Whether you are a casual listener or a dedicated community player, we had over 100 lectures, demonstrations, and play-along sessions just for you.
However, we’re offering classes on demand through August 31! Scroll through the past classes by clicking “look for earlier events” on the calendar below. Then click on the instructor name/title for more information about an individual class. Please allow 1–2 business days for your request to be processed.
What’s on offer? We are eager to build new connections and nurture our continued relationships through our virtual classes! By now, many of you have become familiar with our patented mix of playing, scholarship, and community, and our in-person workshop directors—Adam Gilbert (Medieval/Renaissance), Rotem Gilbert (Recorder), Linda Pearse (Baroque), and Hanneke van Proosdij (Recorder)—have crafted another special summer for us. From May 1 to August 1, we are taking advantage of our continuing virtual presence to:
- engage and support many of our beloved faculty members, as well as invite many new faculty members to join the SFEMS community;
- deepen our understanding of our early music from the Western European tradition, but also increase awareness of other traditions through a historically informed approach; and
- expand access to our programming by lowering financial and physical barriers through the online medium.
We are also very excited to collaborate with the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop (Vicki Boeckman, director)—normally based in Washington—in July to bring even more classes that month. We’re looking forward to welcoming the early music community of the Northwest to the Bay Area (at least on the screen).
What’s the future of in-person gatherings? We realized that the possibility of having in-person gatherings for our stay-away camps this summer would remain remote, given continuing state and local restrictions that hamper our ability to secure adequate venues and housing for faculty and participants. However, we hope that the situation will improve sufficiently by next year to resume in-person workshops that also incorporate the strength of our virtual classes.
How are classes structured? Classes are typically 75-90 minutes, unless otherwise noted, on Zoom (all times Pacific Time). Class start times are generally:
- Fridays at 5PM
- Saturdays at 10AM, 1PM or 3PM
- Sundays at 10AM, 1PM or 3PM
Have questions about Zoom? Here’s a Zoom FAQ for our virtual sessions!
Please also consider joining us for our free Zoom community “sherry hours” on Saturdays and Sundays at 5PM!
How do I purchase and access my classes? You may select classes directly for purchase from our ticketing page. Once you complete your order, your emailed receipt will contain the option to “print your ticket(s)”. (See below for an example.) Please click on that link, and a ticket will open in your browser with a clickable Zoom link for your class sessions. When applicable, a link for the class materials is also provided in the PDF ticket. Please click on the Zoom link, or use the user ID or password to connect, when time comes for the class. (More information is available below in the “Fee and Registration Information” section.)
Fee and Registration Information
Virtual classes are $25 each.
To purchase multiple classes, please return to this main ticketing page by selecting “continue shopping” after you select your first class. From there, click “purchase” for the same mini-series and select another date.
You can purchase more classes at any time! A $5 processing fee will apply to each order.
When you make your class purchase, you will need to designate a login email address and password. If you have paid for a membership, bought tickets or registered for a workshop with SFEMS online before, please use the same login information.
You may select classes directly for purchase from our ticketing page. Once you complete your order, your emailed receipt will contain the option to “print your ticket(s)”. Please click on that link, and a ticket will open in your browser with a clickable Zoom link for your class sessions. When applicable, a link for the class materials is also provided in the PDF ticket. Please click on the Zoom link, or use the user ID or password to connect, when time comes for the class.
Generally speaking, we will be sending a reminder Zoom link, as well as relevant materials, two days before each of your registered sessions through Mailchimp. Please note that some emails may have difficulty receiving messages from Mailchimp; if this is the case for you, please email Administrator Stacey Helley at email@example.com. Otherwise, materials will also be provided at the start of each class.
Scholarships: If finances are a barrier to access to our virtual programming, we provide limited scholarships. Contact Administrator Stacey Helley at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Refunds and Exchanges: You can receive a refund or exchange for a class session if you notify us no less than 24 hours prior to the session. We will also offer refunds or exchanges if there were technical issues logging in or during the Zoom call. However, we currently are unable to offer refunds or exchanges for sessions missed for any other reasons.