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Institute for 17th Century Music at Queens College

Baroque Opera Workshop

for singers, continuo players, & string players

June 17 - 23, 2018


Christa Patton – Co-Director
Music Director
David Ronis – Co-Director
Stage Director

Julianne Baird – Baroque Vocal Style

Nell Snaidas – Stage Director

Dongmyung Ahn – Baroque String Technique and Repertoire

Edoardo Bellotti – Harpsichord

Mara Galassi - Baroque Harp Technique

Deborah Fox – Baroque Guitar, Theorbo

Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College

The Institute for 17th Century Music at Queens College will offer a one-week, intensive training program in Baroque opera. This year we are very excited to include the following special offerings:

  • Julianne Baird, Internationally acclaimed soloist and musicologist, will offer her treasure of research in Baroque vocal ornamentation and vocal style based on 16th and 17th century sources.
  • Nell Snaidas, hailed by the critics for her ability to inhabit the characters in the music she performs, brings a unique approach to directing and acting in which Baroque gesture connects deeply to the actor, transcending choreographed movement, and becoming part of his or her own physicality. 
  • Mara Galassi and Edoardo Bellotti,  pioneers of the Early Music revival in Italy, now internationally acclaimed soloists and innovative thinkers in Historical Performance Practice, will hold a masterclass for singers and continuo players focusing on the theatrical works of the Italian 17th century’s most iconic composer, Claudio Monteverdi.

For Singers:

  • Daily masterclasses and coachings in ornamentation and Baroque style based on 16th and 17th century sources, with Julianne Baird
  • Daily classes in Baroque gesture with Nell Snaidas and theatre craft for opera singers with David Ronis

For String players:

  • Study of Baroque repertoire and period ornamentation with Dongmyung Ahn, Baroque violin and Lisa Terry, viola da gamba and Baroque cello

For Continuo Players:

  • Improvisation in accompaniment based on 16th and 17th century sources with Edoardo Bellotti, Baroque keyboard, Mara Galassi, Baroque harp, Deborah Fox, theorbo and Baroque guitar.
  • Singers and full continuo will participate in daily music rehearsals with Christa Patton

Daily Schedule

Singers: $695*
Strings and continuo instruments $595*
Auditors: $60 per day
On-campus housing: $55 per night
*scholarships available

To Apply:
ATTN: Deadline for singers extended to April 12, 2018
For instrumentalists - May 31, 2018

The Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College uses the YAP Tracker application process for our program.The application can be found here:

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed at


For further information, email:

Aaron Copland School of Music
Queens College – CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367



Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

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