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Early Keyboard Institute

Early Keyboard Institute

June 3-8, 2018
Joseph Gascho, University of Michigan
Matthew Bengtson, University of Michigan

An intensive 6-day experience focusing on harpsichord and fortepiano where you can learn from faculty and resident artists, attend daily lectures, and participate in masterclasses and student concerts. This year’s focus is on Ornamentation, Variations and Improvisation across Baroque and Classical Keyboard Repertoire.

Solo Repertoire (focused on but not limited to the following composers):
Harpsichord – Music of the Couperin family
Fortepiano – Music of Haydn and Mozart

Collaborative repertoire:
Harpsichord – Basso Continuo for all levels, with guest instrumentalists and singers
Fortepiano – Four-hand Classical repertoire

This workshop is open to keyboard players regardless of their specific experience with early instruments. Primarily intended for collegiate level musicians, the institute also welcomes amateurs and young professionals for an immersion in early keyboard performance. The University of Michigan has a large collection of harpsichords and fortepianos for participants’ practice and performance.


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


Application deadline: May 1, 2018

All applicants must submit the following (All files to be uploaded to an external link upon completion of the online application.)

  • Online application and non-refundable application fee
  • A short statement as to why you would like to attend the institute
  • Resume / description of current related activities
  • An audition recording (recordings can submitted on either early or modern instruments)

Fortepiano applicants, please prepare one first movement of a classical sonata
Harpsichord applicants, please prepare 2 contrasting movements or short pieces from baroque.

The class size may be limited, depending on the skill and experience level of the applicants.


Non-refundable Application Fee: $45
Workshop Fee: $650

No refunds after May 1, 2018