Enrollment opens soon for autumn '22!

Baroque Chamber Music Festival

Rehearsals begin in early September

Discover the thrill of one-on-a-part chamber music with all the zest and elegance of Baroque style! In this in-person ensemble program for skilled teen string players age 13-18, sparkling 17th- and 18th-century music comes to life with coaching and accompaniment by some of the region's top historical-performance players.

(Can't wait till we announce enrollment? Contact us now to start the conversation!)

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 orchestra, allowing you to develop another side of your expressive skill. It's about cleverness, detail, and charm!

About the coaches

SHAK director Shulamit Kleinerman convenes a roster of artist coaches who inspire the students by playing alongside them. Past and current coaches include:

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

Who can participate

  • Students of bowed strings (violin, viola, cello). Other instruments may be possible; please feel free to inquire by contacting us. String participants borrow Baroque bows for the project and learn how to use them.

  • If unsure which division is a fit for your student, please feel free to contact the director with your questions.

    • Baroque Strings Workshop is for well-established students with excellent intonation, who are still discovering the rewards and responsibilities of one-on-a-part chamber music. It may be somewhat or completely new to you to make an individual contribution to the ensemble by playing a solo part and by leading and following other students without a conductor. For you to respond to a musical/expressive idea or to make a certain kind of articulation, it helps to have a teacher give you clear instructions for how to do that. You are able to learn your notes in practice but could use some help learning rhythms or fingerings in rehearsals. In most cases you should be age 11-18 and have had several years of individual lessons. (In terms of the well-known Suzuki repertoire, this level might fit students in Book 4-7, as well as strong readers in Book 3.)

    • Baroque Chamber Artists is for students who are experienced with one-on-a-part chamber music. You are able to lead and follow other musicians without a conductor. You can tackle advanced repertoire in your practice time, and in rehearsals you are ready to respond to musical ideals of sound and articulation and to contribute ideas of your own. Although a Baroque bow may be new to you, in general you know how to use your own bow with precision and expression.

  • Please be vaccinated against COVID19.








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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