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The Italian Baroque Orchestra

Rehearsals begin January 8 ~ Performance April 24

Discover the thrill of the Baroque orchestra! With this in-person ensemble program for skilled teen string players age 13-18, sparkling 18th century music comes to life with coaching and accompaniment by some of the region's top historical-performance players.

About Baroque style

Why play Baroque music in a historically-informed style? Students and professionals alike are drawn to this material by the liveliness of Baroque bows, the excitement of the phrases, and the skill and power of leading each other when no one has a baton.

This is a satisfying ensemble experience instead of or in addition to a youth symphony, allowing you to develop another side of your expressive skill. It's about intelligence and charm rather than brawn!

About the coaches

SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman convenes a roster of artist coaches who inspire the students by playing alongside them:

  • Meg Brennand, Baroque cello
  • Tekla Cunningham, Baroque violin
  • Henry Lebendinsky, harpsichord
  • John Lenti, theorbo

Who can participate

  • Students of bowed strings (violin, viola, cello). Participants borrow Baroque bows for the project and learn how to use them!

  • This ensemble is for well-established players with excellent intonation. In most cases you should be age 13-18 and have at least 3-4 years' instruction, often much more. (In terms of the well-known Suzuki repertoire, the level fit would most often be for players in Book 4 and upward.) More advanced players will have opportunities to shine, as in the video above. If unsure whether this ensemble is a good fit, please feel free to contact the director with your questions!

  • Please commit to practicing your part between rehearsals (this may be a light commitment for many players). 

  • Please be vaccinated against COVID19.


Saturday rehearsals 4-6pm:

At Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE, Seattle 98125:

Jan 8, 22, 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19

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

 March 26; Apr 2, 9, 23 (dress rehearsal)


Sunday April 24, 4pm at Christ Episcopal; performers arrive 2pm for warmup



All of SHAK's programs operate on a sliding-fee model.

Above local median household income / net worth: Please pay $350-$450, which usually covers about 75%-90% of the program's actual cost.

Near local median household income / net worth: Please pay $225-$325, which usually covers around half of the program's actual cost.

Below local median household income / net worth: No one turned away for lack of funds. Please pay whatever you can, in line with the percentage you pay for your student's other extracurricular activities.

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

1. See below to pay your tuition fee online or by check.

2. Confirm your rehearsal attendance schedule with Shula by email, checking in as to any proposed absences.


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