Baroque Performance Institute


June 15 to June 29, 2014

"The Bach Legacy" 

featuring student performances of the

J.S. Bach 
Harpsichord Sonatas

(with flute, violin, and gamba)

Kenneth Slowik, artistic director

 The Oberlin Baroque Ensemble
Michael Lynn, recorder, baroque flute
Marilyn McDonald, baroque violin
Catharina Meints,
viola da gamba, baroque cello
Webb Wiggins, harpsichord, organ

The 43rd annual Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, America's premiere summer workshop for baroque instruments and voice, takes its theme from the birth, 300 years ago, of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach into a remarkable family of musicians.

The internationally renowned faculty, headed by the members of the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Michael Lynn, Marilyn McDonald, Catharina Meints, and Webb Wiggins, will again lead daily masterclasses and ensemble coachings. Faculty and student concerts promise to offer memorable listening and music-making experiences, lectures, and informal open discussions to stimulate the intellect. The ever-popular baroque dance classes provide excellent physical exercise as well as a kinetic appreciation for the rhythms that underlie so much music of the baroque era.

FACULTY CONCERTS: A concert of  chamber works (Friday 20 June), including one of JS Bach’s great late cycles, will allow students to hear the faculty artists, who are among the world’s finest. The festive large-scale program on Friday 27 June will recreate portions of CPE Bach’s April 1786 concert in which he performed his arrange of the Credo from his father’s B Minor Mass. Also on the program: a CPE Bach symphony, and his double-chorus Heilig. For this concert, the faculty orchestra core will be augmented by advanced students, and there will be the opportunity for singers and instrumentalists alike to participate in the choruses of the Heilig.

FACULTY FRINGE CONCERTS will present masterful interpretations of important and representative solo and small ensemble pieces.

TWO STUDENT CONCERTS (21 June and 28 June) will showcase the work of the faculty-coached ensembles that constitute the main components of each afternoon's schedule. Repertoire is wide-ranging, and need not be restricted to Bach-circle works.

SPECIAL CROSS-STUDIO STUDENT PROJECT—students from the harpsichord, violin, flute, and viola da gamba classes will collaborate to present all of the JS Bach sonatas for obbligato harpsichord with violin, flue, and viola da gamba is a series of afternoon recitals.

STUDENT ORCHESTRA Michael Sponseller and Joe Gascho will share direction of the student orchestra, which will meet several evenings each week.


DAILY MASTERCLASSES for all instruments constitute the main component of each morning's schedule. Repertoire is wide-ranging, and need not be restricted to Bach-circle works.

BEGINNING VIOLA DA GAMBA AND LUTE CLASSES will be open to all interested!
Instruments are available.

KEYBOARD CONTINUO CLASSES will help players of all ages improve their figured bass realization skills.

DAILY BAROQUE DANCE CLASSES help "get the kinks out" and stimulate deep-body understanding of the rhythms that underpin so much baroque music.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS - please see application for more information.