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Early Keyboard Institute

May 31 – June 5, 2020

Matthew Bengtson, University of Michigan
Joseph Gascho, University of Michigan

Application Open for Summer 2020: December 13, 2019

An intensive six-day experience focused on early keyboard performance offering a distinguished faculty, daily lectures, participation in solo and collaborative masterclasses, and concerts by both faculty and students. UMEKI 2020 will focus on ornamentation in the music of J.S. Bach and the influence of Haydn on Beethoven, with guest masterclasses by fortepianist Penelope Crawford and harpsichordist Edward Parmentier.

The workshop is open to all keyboard players regardless of their specific experience with early instruments. Primarily intended for collegiate-level musicians, UMEKI also welcomes amateurs and young professionals. The University of Michigan has a large collection of harpsichords and fortepianos for both practice and performance by workshop participants.

The daily schedule will include masterclasses, a midday lecture or recital, and sessions related to continuo and ensemble skills. Optional lessons and maintenance workshops may be available in the evenings.

Priority Application Deadline: March 23, 2020

Notifications will be emailed by March 31, 2020, for those that apply by the priority deadline.
For priority consideration and notification, all application and audition materials must be received by the priority deadline. Applications may be accepted after the priority deadline for programs and/or instruments in which openings remain. Review, admission, and notification for late applications will be on a rolling basis. Space is limited.

To apply to the U-M Early Keyboard Institute you must complete the following three steps. Your application will not be considered complete until all of the below requirements have been received by the Office of Youth & Adult Programs.

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee
  3. Complete the Digital Audition requirements

Non-refundable Application Fee: $50
Workshop Fee: $650

No refunds will be made after May 10, 2020

A limited number of need-based awards are available. Three scholarships will be provided to students to work during the workshop as Student Assistants in Moving (2) and in Tuning (1). To apply for financial assistance, or for interest in these positions, please select the position you’re interested in during the Digital Audition linked above.