Baroque Performance Institute


June 19 to July 3, 2016

Application Deadline: May 1

The Baroque Performance Institute, the premiere summer workshop focusing on baroque instruments and voice, will mark its 45th season of preparing musicians to perform some of the great works on period instruments. Learn from faculty and resident artists, and participate in master classes, recitals, and student concerts to practice baroque techniques and gain a greater appreciation of this unique musical genre. The institute takes its theme this year from the presentation of two pillars of the German baroque repertoire, George Frideric Handel's Opus 3 Concerti Grossi and Johann Sebastian Bach’s B Minor Mass, and study of the context around their premieres.

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 the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble—Michael Lynn, Marilyn McDonald, Catharina Meints, and Webb Wiggins—will again host daily master classes and ensemble coaching.  New this year will be residencies provided by the Diderot Quartet, a period instrument group based in New York and started by three alumni; and the B minor Mass, which will feature eight solo singers, all graduates of Oberlin. 

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.