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

The Early Music Youth Academy, devoted to the joys of Renaissance consort music, meets for autumn and winter/spring semesters, with new performance projects each term.

SHAK also presents occasional short-term introductory or intermediate music workshops for instrumental music students.

Older, experienced instrumentalists also have the opportunity to serve by invitation as apprentice musicians in many of our theatrical and vocal projects.

Our next performances

March 28: SHAK teen instrumentalists will work alongside professionals to accompany A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 25: Early Music Youth Academy spring concert: Early Music from the Gaelic Lands

News from the Early Music Youth Academy

Autumn 2019: Enrollment is now open for Winter/Spring 2020!

Our exciting winter-spring 2020 project explores music from the Gaelic nations -- Scotland, Ireland, and more -- in sources from the 16th and 17th centuries. This repertoire is a bit different from our previous projects, making this a perfect semester to welcome new participants.

Who can join?

  • Players of plucked or bowed string instruments, or recorder
  • You must play in tune and be able to read music
  • Well-established students, usually already studying for at least 2-3 years (often more)
  • Age 11 through high school

See the Enrollment page to sign up!

See photos and videos from past seasons in our Gallery.

Photo top: Don Roberts. Feet: Carmen Mettler.