News » Workshops/Festivals 2012

(CA) Chants de Vielles Festival (6-9 Sep 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“Festival Chants de Vielles  takes place amidst the autumn glory on September 6-7-8-9, 2012, in the lovely, country setting of Calixa-Lavallée, a quaint and historic Québec village. Every year, Chants de Vielles brings in a fresh and delicious musical harvest by providing a place for sharing and learning on a human scale.

(US) Madison Early Music Festival (7-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“The Madison Early Music Festival is exploring its North American roots in 2012.  During this year of the Presidential election we look back to the early music of our nation, from the early Colonists in the 1600's, the Revolutionary era, all the way to the Civil War.  The music of Canada from Cape Breton and Acadia will also be featured.

(US) 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival (27 Jun-1 Jul, 4-8 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“At the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, you will find many exemplary practitioners of diverse, authentic, living traditions—both old and new. The goal of the Festival is to strengthen and preserve these traditions by presenting them on the National Mall.

(US) San Francisco Early Music "Recorder Workshops" (8-14 Jul; 15-21 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Week I-July 8-14, 2012 – Visions and Miracles
Week II-July 15-21, 2012 – On Wings of Song
Directors: Rotem Gilbert and Hanneke van Proosdij

“Save the dates in your calendar as we return with TWO weeks of SFEMS Recorder Workshop! Pick your week, or come to both. Fill your days with recorder ensembles, technique, Renaissance consort, recorder orchestra, master class, Feldenkrais movement, concerts, lectures, and more. Explore Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Contemporary, and World Music in an intimate setting with world-class faculty. Develop your recorder technique and ensemble skills in an inspiring and supportive atmosphere. 

(US) Chorworks One-Day Workshop: Fyre! Fyre! (2 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 17, 2012

Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, K Street NW, Washington DC

“The workshop is devoted to the fiery passions and broken hearts of the great Italian and English Madrigal composers.

It is presented in association with the Washington Early Music Festival, whose theme for 2012 is “Vices and Virtues – Passionate music of Early Europe”. Registration and further details will available at, and WEMF details from”

(US) Portland Recorder Society: Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat *** This year’s retreat is FULL! *** (16-19 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 17, 2012
Location: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon

“Ensemble classes for low intermediate to advanced recorder players will range from renaissance consort music and baroque to contemporary works and music for double reeds and percussion.   Viola da gambas are also welcome.  Five faculty members ensure small class sizes with personalized attention. Evening events will include a faculty concert, English Country Dance, and madrigal singing.

(US) Connecticut Early Music Festival (CEMF) (8-9, 16-17, 22-23 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 17, 2012
“Founded in 1982, the New London-based Connecticut Early Music Society presents an annual festival of between six and nine concerts each June. The term “early music” refers to both a repertory (European music written before about 1800, including medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music) and an approach to performance (“historically-informed performance,” including the use of period instruments).

(US) San Francisco Early Music Society "Baroque Music Workshop Bach: Master Craftsman, Sublime Artist" (24-30 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2012

Directors: Frances Blaker and Kathleen Kraft

“Play and sing the broad sweep of Johann Sebastian Bach's compositions from cantata and chorus to concerto, from keyboard solo to chamber ensemble. Known for his far-reaching contrapuntal skills, outside-the-box harmonies, and exacting standards, Bach was also a master of heart-rending melody. His music reaches across time to touch people of all sorts. 

(US) Chorworks One-Day Workshop: Music from St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice (4 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2012

Location: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia

The workshop features a variety of music associated with the great Basilica of St. Mark in Venice. With its Byzantine architecture and decoration, its many galleries and choir lofts, the Basilica has inspired generations of composers to write dramatic and moving music for its liturgies. 

We will sing and study works by Adrian Willaert, Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, Antonio Lotti, and Claudio Monteverdi. The workshop concludes with an informal concert at 5:00pm (free admission).

(UK) Cambridge Early Music: "2012 Festival of the Voice" (18-20 May 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

If you are in the Cambridge area, you may be interested in attending the  2012 Festival of the Voice concert:

  • THE EARTH RESOUNDS - Choral Pilgrimage 2012 -- The Sixteen (18 May 2012)
  • MEDIAEVAL MUSIC AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS -- Trio Mediaeval  (19 May 2012)
  • STRIGGIO: Mass in Forty Parts; TALLIS: Spem in alium -- I Fagiolini (20 May 2012) 

(US) San Francisco Early Music "Music Discovery Workshop" (29 Jul-3 August 3 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Director: Tish Berlin

“The Music Discovery Workshop is a summer day camp for young people ages 7-15. Campers explore early music and history each year through instrument class, ensembles, dance, and a theater project that focuses on a period or person. This summer the Music Discovery campers will present their own Shakespearean play, while studying the music and dance of England in Shakespeare's time. 

(US) Carmel Bach Festival (14-28 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

75th Anniversary Festival


The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration and ongoing influece of Johann Sebastian Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas.

(UK) Chorworks One Day Workshop: The Glory of the Muses (21 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

Led by: Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave
Location: Chapel of St. Peter’s College, New Inn Hall Street, OXFORD OX1 2DL

“Robert White and Robert Parsons belonged to the generation of composers active in the 1560s, a fascinating period of transition in English music, and the young William Byrd was successor to Parsons at the Chapel Royal following the latter’s untimely death in 1572; despite the prevailing Protestant climate at that time, all three are known especially for their settings of Latin text. As well as singing the much-loved Ave Maria of Parsons, we plan to focus on White’s wonderfully expressive five-part Lamentations, and one of his Christe qui lux settings constructed around plainchant. Early on in his career, Byrd too wrote a set of Lamentations, well worth exploring, as well as a cleverly constructed and sonorous Christe qui lux. This spacious and richly scored music has a distinctive harmonic flavour and is a delight to sing.”

(US) Texas Toot, Inc. 21st Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend (3-5 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

Location: University of Dallas Music Department and the Renaissance Polyphony Project, Dallas Texas, US

“You are invited to join others interested in sacred Renaissance polyphony for a weekend singing the music of Cristóbal de Morales (ca. 1500-1553). The occasion is the 21st year for the Dallas-Fort Worth area Renaissance Polyphony Weekend at the University of Dallas. The singers’ retreat will again be led by Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. It will conclude with a Latin Mass. We will also sing some motets and Gregorian chant as part of the Mass.

The two and one-half day retreat will conclude with a celebrated Latin Mass, sung in The Cathedral at the Arts District, 2215 Ross Ave., in downtown Dallas. Morales’ Missa Aspice Domine (5 p.m) will serve as the ordinary of the Mass. The choir will also sing related motets and Gregorian chant during the service.

(AU) Tallis Scholars Summer School in Australia: The music of Palestrina & Lassus (14-21 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 15, 2012

(late posting -- admin)

“One of the most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities in the world, with a flourishing early music scene, Sydney in mid-summer provides the ideal setting for the sixth Tallis Scholars Summer School in Australia.

Tutors for 2012 are: Peter Phillips, Janet Coxwell and Deborah Roberts, plus Warren Trevelyan-Jones.

(US) The Fifty-eighth Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (Washington, D.C.) (2012 March 22-24)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 14, 2012
Since 1954, the Renaissance Society of America has been the leading organization in the Americas for the interdisciplinary study of the period 1300-1650 in Western history. The RSA brings together members from many backgrounds who are interested in a wide variety of disciplines related to this period.

(US) San Francisco Early Music Society "Classical Workshop – Let's Make History! (17-23 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 14, 2012

Directors: Kati Kyme and William Skeen

“Join us for the inaugural SFEMS Classical Workshop, June 17-23, 2012, at St. Albert's Priory in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, California. Guided by esteemed faculty from the New Esterházy Quartet (listed below), you will hone your chamber music skills with this intensive one-week seminar in classical performance practice. Participants will discover new repertoire daily and perform casual concerts nightly.

(FR) Rotruenge: 16ème Stage International de musiques et de danses Traditionnelles et du Moyen-Âge (29 Jul-4 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 14, 2012

Rotruenge: 16th International Workshop of music and traditional dances of the Medieval 

“Rotruenge is a non-profit organisation formed by Christophe Deslignes in 1996 to introduce as many people as possible to medieval music and dance. It organises recitals and other events, mainly in the Yonne department (Auxerre, Saint-Julien-du-Sault, Seignelay, Georges Hosotte Art Centre in Bailly). In 1997 it started the International Medieval Music and Dance Course and the Saint-Bris Medieval Festival, which the Compagnie Retroencha runs in the medieval village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux during the first week in August, enabling participants of all ages and abilities to find out or learn more about the song, dance and instrumental music of the period. In addition, a workshop devoted entirely to the reconstruction of medieval dances is held in May each year. Rotruenge is now proposing a series of four master classes at Lissac-sur-Couze, in the Corrèze department, for experienced musicians and existing ensembles.

(ES) 2nd Summer ACADEMY of Early DANCE Directed by ANA YEPES (7-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012

Workshop for dancers, musicians and amateur.

This 2nd Early Dance Academy by the Donaires Ensemble at Roquetas de Mar proposes a wide range of workshops on diverse early dance styles, and offers you the opportunity to work with Ana Yepes and with Robin Joly. You can choose which workshops you wish to attend.

(ES) Mare Musicum: Early Music and Dance Festival of Roquetas de Mar (8-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012
The festival proposes music classes and concerts every night, including a Renaissance Bal and the Terpsichore performance by the the Outre Mesure company, directed by Robin Joly, as well as a concert by l’Orchestre Baroque de Roquetas de Mar.

(UK) Chorworks: Music from the Royal Courts of Elizabeth I and Philip II of Spain (16 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012

Open Workshop

Led by: Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave
Location: St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, EC1A 9DE

This workshop is devoted to music by three great composers of the late 16th century: Robert White and William Byrd in England, and Philippe Rogier in Spain. Sally Dunkley and Philip Cave share their interest and experience as performers and editors and co-present a workshop including White's great five-part Lamentations and sacred music by Rogier and Byrd.

(CA) 2012 Summer Festivals & Workshops Listings and Calendar

Contributed by Admin on Jan 13, 2012

(Re-posted -- Admin)

You have most likely noticed recent listings for festivals and workshops on our news and calendar pages. If your group has not appeared on our listings, feel free to send us an email with details of your workshop or festival with a link to a webpage where we can re-direct our readers. If you publish a newsletter, we would like to sign up to your newsletter list -- send us a note and we will sign up.

To many of us, the new year signals the time of summer festivals or workshops plans. We hope our news and calendar pages will offer you the details to plan forays into the world of summer early music festival or workshop events.

All of the very best of wishes to your search for that perfect festival or workshop. Happy planning!

Marc Paré

(US) San Francisco Early Music Society Workshop: "Medieval & Renaissance Workshop - The Art of the Consort" (17-23 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012

Director: Tom Zajac

The Art of the Consort will be the theme of the 2012 Medieval & Renaissance Workshop, and workshop directors Tom Zajac and Greta Hryciw and the all-star faculty will be making available to participants an unprecedented selection of classes related to this theme.

(FR) Cie des Fetes baroques and Chrystelle Arcelin Baroque Dance Workshop (28 Jan; 11 Feb; 17 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012

First session:
Contredanses , pas de bourrée,  pas de rigaudon et les chassés
la matelote, Jeanne qui saute, la frêne...

Second session:
pas de sissone , travail des  bras ....  pas de menuet,
et la "Bourrée d'Achille" danse mixte, bourrée et menuet à tour de rôle.....

(UK) Dunedin Consort Glasgow Choral Workshop: John Passion (14 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 12, 2012
“We base our workshops on pieces we are passionate about. This year is no different and we will be working on Bach’s John Passion which is the main drive of our recording initiave for 2012.
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