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Music of the Gaelic lands with the Early Music Youth Academy

Rehearsals begin January 11 ~ Performance April 25

Bring your instrument on a musical journey to 16th- and 17th-century Ireland and Scotland! Before the great tune collections that were first published around 1700, we can find evocative traces of an even older tradition -- melodies copied down by hand in manuscripts (including one by a 13-year-old lutenist), or hinted at by composers invoking an exciting foreign style in their music for the theaters of London.

This semester, new and continuing members come together to breathe new life into these half-lost tunes. Just as musicians of the period would have done, we'll adapt these pieces to our own group's instrumentation, experimenting with harmonies, arrangements, tempos, and expressive characters. Everyone makes an individual contribution in this chamber-music setting, and the emphasis is on playing beautifully.

Who can participate

  • Students of bowed or plucked strings, or recorder

  • Age 11 through high school

  • You must play in tune and be able to read music

  • Well-established students with at least 2-3 years' instruction (usually more)



Saturday rehearsals*:

Jan 11 and 25; Feb 8, 22, and 29; Mar 7 and 21; Apr 4, 11, and 18

*For Jan 11, all newcomers attend 3-4:30, all returning students 3:45-5:30. Following the first session, all students will be assigned to a regular 90-minute or 2-hour window between 2:30 and 6pm depending on level and instrumentation.

Location: Director's studio in the Sand Point/ Lake City neighborhood of Seattle; address given upon enrollment


Dress rehearsal:

Friday afternoon/evening, Apr 24. Time & location TBD.



Sat April 25, 4pm*

*Performers arrive 2pm for warmup

Location: Christ Episcopal Church, 4548 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle 98105



The first $100 is a nonrefundable deposit. The balance of tuition is refundable only until Dec 11.

Registration Nov 23-Dec 20: $280

Late registration after Dec 20: $308

Need-based financial aid is always available: First-time applicants inquire here; returning students simply contact us.

Online registration

Continuing members, you are welcome to skip this form! For you there are just two steps to enrollment:

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