Now enrolling for February!

Short programs with something for everyone

Are you curious to try out music of the Medieval, Renaissance, or Baroque eras without a big commitment? These offerings are just for you! Ages and music level ranges vary per program.

Feb 20-23, 2024: String Style Explorers

Tue-Fri mini-camp, 10am-1pm

Explore a sampling of music you might not get anywhere else, from Irish, klezmer, and old-time fiddle tunes to music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance! Special bonus: You can also try out a Medieval fiddle and a Renaissance viola da gamba. This small-group workshop is taught by SHAK founding director Shulamit Kleinerman.

Fiddlesticks students play an Irish tune, and SHAK middle-schoolers play Renaissance music at SPL:

For students of violin, viola, and cello, age 9-13, late beginner and up. (Suzuki correspondence: Book 2-6 level.) Music will be taught both by ear and with notation. Minimum participation level is at least some reading skill and the ability to play an octave in the keys of C major and D major; more advanced students will enjoy the challenge of new sounds, melodic styles, and harmonic possibilities even if the notes are easy. No previous experience of any of these repertoires is required. 

SHAK founder and program director Shulamit Kleinerman maintains a full violin studio uniting a Suzuki pedagogical approach with more widely varied stylistic traditions. She is also the director of Seattle Fiddlesticks.

[2024 dates TBD]: Renaissance Instrumental Music 

A weekend workshop

Discover the joy of consort music from the time of Shakespeare, with special guest multi-instrumentalist Anthony Allen and SHAK founder Shulamit Kleinerman! This workshop is held at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, 10005 32nd Ave NE, Seattle 98125. Pre-register below.

This program is made possibly by grant support from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Watch this space for 2024 dates!

For players of recorders and bowed string instruments (viola da gamba, violin, viola, cello), ages 10-14. For younger kids or older teens, please inquire. Players will receive some music to learn in advance, and will be grouped by level to enjoy this captivating repertoire together. Minimum level is usually 1-2 years’ instruction (string players must be able to play a comfortable C major octave, and winds need to be able to play a comfortable G major octave). Please be able to read music.

Multi-instrumentalist Anthony Allen performs on Baroque violin, viola da gamba, recorder, and Baroque and modern flutes, including recent appearances with Classical Uncorked (Seattle) and the Whidbey Island Music Festival. He has taught at the Eugene Waldorf School, Chestnut Hill School, Catherine Ellison - Rosa Parks School, Portland (ME) Conservatory of Music, Maine School for the Performing Arts, and Bates College.