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Early Keyboard Institute

June 3 - 8, 2018

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018


GaschoJoseph Gascho, harpsichord

Barbara WolfMatthew Bengtson, fortepiano


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.


More information will be available soon.

Application Procedure

Application deadline: April 1, 2018


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

  • Submit an online application and 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 please prepare 2 contrasting mvmts or short pieces from baroque.


Performers must submit an application and sample recording.  The class size may be limited, depending on the skill and experience level of the applicants.


  • Non-refundable Application Fee - $45
  • Workshop Fee - $650
  • A non-redundable deposit of $100 is due by April 13, 2018. Tuition is due in full by May 4, 2018.
  • No refunds for cancellations after May 1, 2018

Admission Notification

All applicants will receive an email notification confirming their admission. Those invited to attend will be notified no later than April 6, 2018.


For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Summer Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Community Programs:

Phone: (734) 936-2660   





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U-M Photo Services

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Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

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