Baroque Performance Institute


June 18 to July 2, 2017: "Traveling Through the Baroque 1650-1750"


The Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, the premiere summer workshop focusing on baroque instruments and voice, will mark its 46th year of preparing musicians to perform some of the great works on period instruments. Learn from faculty and resident artists, and participate in master classes, ensembles, and student concerts to practice baroque techniques and gain a greater appreciation of this unique musical genre. 

The Baroque Performance Institute (BPI) is open to musicians of any level of experience on baroque instruments or voice. You'll be exposed to expert coaching, master classes, and opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musicians. The session concludes with a student concert of music learned during the institute. Additionally. the Conservatory of Music has a large collection of instruments available to be used by participants.

The internationally renowned faculty, led by Kenneth Slowik, Artistic Director, and the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble—Mark Edwards, Michael Lynn, Marilyn McDonald, Catharina Meints —will again host daily master classes and ensemble coaching. 

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 the music of the baroque era.

Traveling Through the Baroque 1650-1750

International travel and migration is not new to the 21st century. Musicians and composers traveled the world throughout the baroque period. Handel spent time in Italy, Telemann in Paris, Lully was an Italian in France, J.C. Bach and Geminiani were in London. We will study the music created by those affected by the cross currents of their times. 

French based conductor and harpsichordist, Skip Sempé, who is a BPI and Oberlin alum, will conduct the faculty/student orchestra in the second week. He will also be working with the harpsichordists in conjunction with our regular faculty. 

In celebration of the 275th anniversary of Telemann's death and the recent publication of the newly found manuscript of his Fantasias for viola da gamba, the faculty and students will collaborate on a presentation of the solo fantasies for viola da gamba, violin, flute/recorder/oboe, and harpsichord.