SHAK's Early Music Youth Academy

Discover the thrills, skills, and camaraderie of historical music on period and modern instruments

In autumn 2018, EMYA explores two particularly tuneful and fun repertoires for two delightful collaborative performances:

First, accompanying SHAK's autumn youth theater production from the pit with period instrumentalists Bill McJohn and Jacob Breedlove, we work with Renaissance instrumentations of the Piae Cantiones, a collection of melodies dating back to the Middle Ages that was published in Finland in 1582. 

Then we team up with Seattle Early Dance to present a program of ornate Italian Renaissance choreographies, brought to life by dancers in full costume. For our instrumental-only set, we explore the musical output of Italy's Jewish composers and dance teachers in the same era.

Two openings for the Autumn semester:
Available only until filled; enroll ASAP


*Regular Saturday Rehearsals: Continuo Group attend 3pm-4:15 (end time sometimes adjusted); Polyphony Group attend 4-6pm. Location is director's teaching studio in Olympic Hills/Lake City unless otherwise specified; location given upon enrollment.



Sat Oct 20, 1:30pm: Master Finno's Songbook: Old Music for Young Voices in Renaissance Finland

Good Shepherd Center Chapel Theater, 4th floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Wallingford, Seattle


Sat Nov 17, 1:30pm: Music and Dance of the Italian Renaissance

Good Shepherd Center Chapel Theater, 4th floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Wallingford, Seattle


Tuition for the quarter:


Apply here for financial aid
This program is supported by the generosity of SHAK's donors. Donations are always gratefully accepted, and are tax-deductible and eligible for employee matching thanks to nonprofit fiscal sponsorship by Shunpike.


Who may enroll:

Instrumental music students:

  • Players of bowed strings, plucked strings, and recorder
  • Age 10 through teen
  • Be able to read music and play in F, C, G, and D major
  • Late beginner through advanced, minimum 2 years' instruction
  • Contact the director with any questions

Returning student registration

1. Please contact Shula to discuss any possible absences, bearing in mind that some rehearsals are particularly important to attend and that each student needs to support their chamber music colleagues by being present regularly.

2. Mail your check to SHAK, PO Box 27472, Seattle WA 98165. Early registration mailed by July 31: $234. Full tuition Aug 1-15: $260.

New student registration form

We will confirm your submission within three business days of receipt.

If you don't hear back in that time, please contact Shula

Thank you!

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Seattle Historical Arts for Kids is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.