Winter Weekend Workshop

January 18-21, 2019 in historic Philadelphia and Rutgers-CamdenWinter Weekend Workshop
January 17-20, 2020
in historic Philadelphia and Rutgers-Camden

Directed by Marilyn Boenau


Tuition includes 10 classes, faculty concert, 3 lunches, and transportation from the hotel to Rutgers. $340 Full Time, $295 Dance Tuition, $195 Work Study Tuition.  Registration now open!

This popular workshop is a great way to start your musical year.

Great variety of classes and instruments for all levels. Recorder ensembles, viol consorts, masterclasses, Baroque orchestra, oboe band, string ensemble, early notation, historical dance, Renaissance reeds. Download the Winter Weekend Workshop flyer here!

Voices-and-Lutes Project
Julianne Baird and Richard Stone, co-directors

Zamboni Project For this winter's lutes-and-voices program, we'll prepare eighteenth-century four-part madrigals by Giovanni Zamboni alongside settings of the same verses by earlier composers, including Monteverdi, d'India and Stradella, with varying sizes of one-on-a-part vocal ensemble, sung to the accompaniment of a lutes-and-theorbos continuo ensemble. Click here for more information.

Limited enrollment. Audition deadline for singers December 1, 2018. Please send bio and mp3/mp4 sound file (or Dropbox or YouTube links) of two contrasting movements in Baroque style to: Notification by December 15th.

Viol Intensive on Marin Marais: Lessons from an 18th century Master An unmissable opportunity to concentrate on the viola da gamba under the technical and musical tutelage of Juilliard faculty member Sarah Cunningham. By audition: please sound sound file or link, and copy of your resume to

Johann Helmich RomanMusic for a Royal Wedding, by Johann Helmich Roman, "the Swedish Handel"

Project for Baroque Orchestra: Music from Drottningholm for the 1744 wedding of Swedish Crown Prince Adolf Frederick and Princess Louise Ulrike of Prussia.
Gwyn Roberts, director; Cynthia Roberts, concertmaster
For strings and Baroque winds. A=415. No audition necessary

Recorder Master Classes There will be two great master classes for recorder this year. Heloise Degrugillier will teach the early morning master class and Gwyn Roberts will teach the early afternoon master class. You can sign up to play or to audit for one or both. This is an unbeatable opportunity to learn from two of the best recorder teachers in the US!

Harpsichord Studio with Kathryn Cok and Leon Schelhase
Keyboard students focus on solo and continuo playing. Opportunities to play in orchestra and Baroque ensembles. By permission of instructor. New students please submit a letter describing continuo skills and experience. Reduced tuition available in exchange for harpsichord tuning.

Baroque Dance Project
Dorothy Olsson and Kaspar D. Mainz, directors.
La M├ędicis by Roaul-Auger Feuillet... along with La Passepied et La Contredanse, these Baroque dance pieces will be taught from notation, and performed with live music on Monday, January 21.  

Workshop Faculty:
Julianne Baird voice
Graham Bier voice
Marilyn Boenau Renaissance reeds
Geoffrey Burgess Baroque oboe
Kathryn Cok harpsichord
Sarah Cunningham viol
Heloise Degrugillier recorder
Eric Haas recorder
Valerie Horst recorder and early notation
Heather Miller Lardin viol, double bass
Kaspar D. Mainz Baroque dance
Sally Merriman Renaissance reeds
Dorothy Olsson Baroque dance
Patricia Petersen recorder, early notation
Wendy Powers recorder
Mark Rimple lute, voice
Gwyn Roberts Baroque flute and recorder
Cynthia Roberts violin
Leon Schelhase harpsichord
Richard Stone lute, theorbo
Alastair Thompson harpsichord
Wouter Verschuren Baroque bassoon, Renaissance reeds
Allen Whear cello

Accomodations in Philadelphia
NEW! Our room block this year is at the Sheraton Society Hill. There are singles with a king bed or doubles with two queen beds. The hotel has a pool and a Starbucks on site. Parking is available two blocks away at the city-run garage on 2nd Street. The Sheraton has valet parking.Special participant rate at the Sheraton Society Hill is $145 per night plus room tax (currently 16.2%). Reserve space with us and we'll add you to the rooming list.  To receive this rate, reserve by December 28.

Classes will be in the Fine Arts Building at Rutgers/Camden. Buses will run between the hotel and Rutgers in the early morning and after the last afternoon class, a 10-minute ride.

Workshop Schedule:
Classes are 9:00 to 4:30 Saturday and Sunday, and 9:00 to 12:00 Monday, with Workshop Special Projects Concert 12:30-1:45. Lunches are provided on Saturday and Sunday (included with tuition). Other meals are on your own.

Friday, January 18
4:00-6:00 p.m. Workshop check-in
In the lobby of the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel. Check-in also possible at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Rutgers before the first class.
8:00 p.m. Concert: Kleine Kammermusik The Art of Counterpoint: a program demonstrating the richness of contrapuntal invention from the two great High Baroque masters. Working in close proximity to each other--Leipzig and Dresden, the capital of Saxony just 100km distance--Bach and Zelenka knew and admired each other. From their distinctive personalities they each developed equally intricate and dazzlingly virtuosic styles of counterpoint. Geoffrey Burgess and Meg Owens, oboes; Stephanie Corwin, bassoon; Rebecca Humphrey, cello; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord. St. Stephen's Church, 19 South 10th Street. Tickets $25 ($20 for Winter Workshop participants) at the door or purchase in advance.

Saturday, January 19
Classes 9:00 to 4:30

Sunday, January 20
Classes 9:00 to 4:30

7:30 p.m. Faculty Concert
Featuring Julianne Baird and faculty of the Winter Weekend Workshop. Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 412 Pine Street, Philadelphia Concert is open to the public. $20 tickets at the door, free for participants.

Monday, January 21
Classes 9:00 to 12:00

12:30 p.m. Workshop Special Projects concert
Following end of classes, at the Rutgers Fine Arts building.

This program has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.