(US) Amherst Early Music Baroque Festival 2012 (8-24 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012

& Baroque Opera Project: Der geduldige Socrates

Auditions due April 15 (information will be posted shortly, e-mail your contact information and your instrument or voice range to to be notified)  One week of advanced classes and coachings in baroque music from the German-speaking lands. Masterclasses, chamber music, baroque orchestra, fully staged baroque opera.

(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) National Flute Association (NFA) Baroque Flute Artist Competition (9-12 Aug 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 19, 2012
“The seventh triennial Baroque Flute Artist Competition is for outstanding performers on baroque flute/traverso. Six semifinalists will be selected on the basis of their recorded preliminary auditions to compete at the convention. Three finalists showing the highest levels of technical proficiency, musical ability, and successful application of principles of historical performance practice will be chosen and presented in a convention recital. Cash prizes of $1,500, $750, and $400, co-sponsored by the David Hart Memorial Fund and the NFA Endowment Fund, will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. Prize of $100 will be awarded to each semifinalist not chosen as a finalist.”

(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 Annual Summer Workshop: “Gabrieli & Company” (10-14 Jul 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Location: Washington National Cathedral & Cathedral College, Washington DC
(Plus an optional extra day of musical orientation Monday, July 9.)

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Giovanni Gabrieli, organist at the great Basilica of St. Mark in Venice, the workshop will focus on his music – both sacred and secular – and that of his teachers and pupils, including Orlandus Lassus, Andrea Gabrieli, Hans Leo Haßler and Heinrich Schütz.

(US) Historical Keyboard Society: Jurow International Harpsichord Competition (21-25 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Location:  University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

“The Jurow Competition semi-final round will feature 16 contestants performing solo works by Byrd and Bach, a movement from James Dorsa's Jupiter's Moons, and accompanying violinist Martie Perry on the Sonata in D minor by Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. The selected semi-finalists are: Leon Schelhase, Nadja Lesaulnier, Lark Powers, Assaf Sommer, Mo-ah Kim, Chiaki Omura, Mark Edwards, Jia Lim, Tami Morse, Ricardo Magnus, Elisabetta Ferri, Shin Hwang, Jovana Bojovic, Jacob Street, Elena Zamolodchikova, & Faythe Vollrath.

(US) Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition (23 Mar 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Finals for The Eighth Aliénor International Harpsichord Composition Competition will take place on Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. in Werner Recital Hall at CCM.

The Aliénor's purpose: To encourage the composition of solo music for harpsichord and chamber music for harpsichord with modern or period instruments. The works of all finalists will be performed on the March 23 concert. Finalists in the solo category will be awarded $600 each plus additional prizes at the final concert, and the 3 finalists in the chamber music category will be awarded $800 each plus additional prizes at the final concert. The audience members are the judges for the top three prizes, which will be announced at a reception to follow.

(USA) Lute Society of America (LSA) 2012 Summer Seminar (24-29 Jun 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

Location: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio USA

The 2012 Lute Society of America Summer Seminar and Lute Festival, 24 through 29 June, will again take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  The faculty will include some old familiar faces, Robert Barto, Doug Freundlich, Ellen Hargis, Christopher Morrongiello (along with other members of The Bacheler Consort), Nigel North, Pat O’Brien, Paul O’Dette, and Crawford Young, and we are excited to announce that Eduardo Egüez and Sylvain Bergeron will be joining the roster this time.  The Pat O’Brien Scholar will be Grant Herreid, perhaps best known for his performances with Piffaro, and the Lute Doctor will be Andrew Rutherford.

(AT) Hungarian Winner at the 2nd International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti (2011)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012
“The winner of the 2nd International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti, held by the 2011 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music comes from Hungary: At the final concert, 25-year-old soprano Emöke Baráth impressed the jury as well as the audience with her outstanding performance. She received the 1st prize, which includes prize money of 4,000 euros, as well as the special prize directly voted by the audience, worth 1,000 euros. …

(UK) The Guardian Article: "Gustav Leonhardt Obituary" (17 Jan 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012

(News of the passing of Gustav Leonhardt, yesterday, on 17 Jan 2012. He will be missed by all.  -- All of our condolences to the family from all of us at -- Marc Paré, Editor)

Gustav Leonhardt (30 May 1928-17 Jan 2012)

“Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Gustav Leonhardt, who has died aged 83, was a pioneer and pillar of the early music movement. ”

(FR) Ensemble Céladon 2012 Concert Listings

Contributed by Admin on Jan 18, 2012
(Repost -- Editor)

From the latest Ensemble Céladon’s newsletter, there is a reminder of their busy upcoming 2012 concert season (Jan-May 2012). Of note on their schedule is their much anticipated CD “Deo Gratias Anglia“ release on 20 March 2012.

(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”

(NL) MuziekHandel Saul B. Groen - New publications October - December 2011

Contributed by Admin on Jan 17, 2012
From the latest newsletter of 11 Jan 2012, MuziekHandel Saul B. Groen sends us a list of their list of new publications for the period of October to December 2011.

(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).

(FR) L'Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing Celebrates 30 Years Anniversary

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2012
“From Monteverdi's Orfeo to the Tribun of Mauricio Kagel, from the birth of opera to its maturity, Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing. in its 30 years of existence, has explored four centuries of music: Campra, Handel, Lully, Mozart, Monteverdi, Rameau, Vivaldi, Weill, opera seria, opera buffa, tragic opera, musical theater, melodramas, sacred music: it is thus, that, over the seasons, Atelier lyrique has established itself as a test bed of original events. Much of this creative work builds on a collaboration with orchestras and the use of original instruments: La Grande Ecurie du Roy and the Chamber. ...“

(CZ) Carneval Praha: Crystal Ball (18 Feb 2012)

Contributed by Admin on Jan 16, 2012
“Traditional Great Baroque Night in Masques, Banquet and Masquerade Ball Magical carnival night full of fantasy, music, delicious food and joy.

(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) 

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