Early Keyboard Institute

June 2 – 7, 2019

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

An intensive 6-day experience focusing on harpsichord and fortepiano were you can learn from faculty and resident artists, attend daily lectures, and participate in masterclasses and student concerts. This year’s focus on harpsichord is the music of Bach and on fortepiano is the early works of Beethoven.

This workshop is open to keyboard players regardless of their specific experience with early instruments. Primarily intended for collegiate-level musicians, the Institute also welcome 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 may be available in the evenings.

Priority Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

Notifications will be emailed by March 22, 2019 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, 2019

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 send an email to