Baroque Performance Institute

June 21 - July 4, 2015     

Circa 1690:
prelude to a new century

music of
Purcell, Corelli, Biber, Vitali, Buxtehude
Couperin, D'Anglebert, Marais,  Schenk, Hacquart, Finger, Hotteterre,
de la Barre, Scarlatti, Campra,
Clerambault, Blow

featuring a performance of 

Purcell's Fairy Queen

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 

2015 SEASON:
The 44th annual Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin, America's premiere summer workshop for baroque instruments and voice, takes its theme the rich musical activities around Europe at the waning of the 17th century.

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. New to the faculty this year is violinist Robert Mealy, Director of Juilliard Historical Performance; notable returnees include baritone William Sharp and bassoonist Dominic Teresi.

Faculty and student concerts promise to offer memorable listening and music-making experiences, lectures, and informal open discussions to stimulate the intellect. Julie Andrijeski's 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 26 June), will allow students to hear the faculty artists, who are among the world’s finest. The festive large-scale program on Friday 3 July will recreate portions of Henry Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen (1692), incorporating selected student singers and instrumentalists into the ensemble. Some vocal partial scholarships will be available for solo singers for the Purcell. Audition information on the application.

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

TWO STUDENT CONCERTS (27 June and 4 July) will showcase the work of the faculty-coached ensembles that constitute the main components of each afternoon's schedule.

STUDENT ORCHESTRA  Joe Gascho will direct 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.

BEGINNING VIOLA DA GAMBA Mary Anne Ballard's time-tested method guaranteed to have beginners playing at simple consort level in two weeks, is open to all interested! Instruments are available.

"LUNCH WITH LUCAS" brownbag discussions, led by lutenist Lucas Harris, will address and hone many of the musiciship skills needed for successful ensemble participation. 

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 - Half-tuition scholarships available to qualified high school students. Please see application for more information.

Sample Daily Schedule