Baroque Performance Institute participants in recital.
Baroque Performance Institute participants in recital. Photo credit: Julie Gulenko

June 21 - July 4, 2020

Applications are accepted between February 1 - May 15

EMA logoThe Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute is Early Music America’s 2020 recipient of the Laurette Goldberg Award. Named for teacher, performer, author, and musical innovator Laurette Goldberg, this award recognizes ongoing, outstanding achievement in educational or outreach endeavors by individual performers, teaching artists, or ensembles.

2020: Bach and His Heritage

featuring a performance of the Magnificat, BWV 243, and selected cantatas and instrumental masterpieces.

The Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute (BPI) is the premier summer workshop focusing on Baroque instruments and voice. 2020 marks its 49th season of preparing musicians to perform some of the era's great works on period instruments.

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

BPI is open to musicians of any level of experience on Baroque instruments and voice. Through private study and master classes with faculty and resident artists, and the practice and performance of Baroque techniques in ensembles, you'll gain a greater appreciation of this rich musical genre.

Student orchestra and chorus offer large-scale performance opportunities, while another student project explores Bach family continuo sonatas and those for obbligato keyboard and violin, flute, viola da gamba, or oboe.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate and perform with other musicians, guided by expert coaching from faculty and resident artists. The session concludes with a student concert of music studied and learned during the institute. The Conservatory of Music also has a large collection of instruments that are made available for use by BPI participants.

Lectures and informal open discussions 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. And, the faculty and student concerts that anchor the program offer memorable and instructive listening and music-making experiences.

Sample Daily Schedules