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Renaissance Music Week

July 11-15 (with faculty welcome concert picnic July 10)

Discover the joys of Renaissance ensemble music on the recorder or viola da gamba – plus historical fencing and dancing of the era! In relaxed small-group classes with friendly, experienced teachers, we'll play beautiful consorts and irresistible dance tunes. This music from the time of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei, though new to most music students today, is instantly engaging and fun.

Who can participate

Please be fully vaccinated per age-group availability. This class is for music students age 10-14 who can choose one of these classes:

  • Recorder classes: You have been taking recorder lessons for at least one year, OR you have taken recorder at school and you read music notation, OR you read music on another band instrument and would like to add recorder as a second instrument. Students in the second and third groups will receive some orientation lessons in advance of the camp.
  • Discover the viola da gamba: You play an instrument and read music notation, but are new to the viola da gamba.


  • Miyo Aoki and Vicki Boeckman: Recorder classes
  • Shulamit Kleinerman: Viola da gamba intro class
  • Cecil Longino: Historical fencing


Picnic welcome concert on July 10, 6:30pm (location TBA)

Mon-Fri schedule:

  • 9:40-9:55: Arrive 
  • 10-10:50 and 11-11:45: Morning ensemble classes with snack break
  • 11:45-12:30: Lunch
  • 12:30-1:20: Historical fencing or dance classes
  • 1:30-2:25: Afternoon ensemble class Mon-Thu
  • 2:25-2:40: Pick-up time Mon-Thu
  • Friday performance at 2pm


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


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

Above local median household income / net worth: Suggested payment of $400-500 usually covers about 75%-90% of the program's actual cost. Add $100 if your student will need recorder orientation lessons. 

Near local median household income / net worth: Suggested payment of $275-375 usually covers about half of the program's actual cost. Add $80-100 if your student will need recorder orientation lessons. 

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

At SHAK we know that everyone benefits when our programs are accessible, diverse, and welcoming!

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