Program Overview


Our historical performance division offers rigorous study and private instruction in 13 instruments, including the recorder. Coursework involves applied study on historical instruments, music history, music theory, performance practice, plus a wide range of performance opportunities, including recitals, concerts, and tours. Master classes and performances by the world’s foremost artists augment the experience.

Professor Michael Lynn shows one of the instruments in his collection of historical instruments
Professor Michael Lynn shows one of the instruments in his collection of historical instruments that includes flutes and recorders.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Program Facts

  • Program Type: Minor, Performance Diploma
    • Master of Music (MM)
    • Performance Diploma (PDip)
  • Division: Historical Performance

Program Director

Mark Edwards,
Associate Professor of Harpsichord

students perform on baroque instruments
A concert by participants in the Baroque Performance Institute summer program.
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Baroque Performance Institute

Conservatory students and others can take part in the Baroque Performance Institute, a summer workshop focusing on baroque instruments and voice. Conservatory faculty and resident artists lead master classes, as students participate in recitals and student concerts. BPI and the conservatory’s many student performance ensembles give students opportunities to perfect their technique, expand their repertoire, and perform with other historical instrument enthusiasts.

Performance Ensembles

Recorder Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

My personal strongest area of interest is French flutes, which I find to be wonderful musical instruments—although, virtually all flutes are interesting to me and many are superb instruments.

Michael Lynn, Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute