Early Music Workshop

Unfortunately, due to limited interest, we have decided to postpone the MYA Early Music Workshop until Summer 2012. We encourage all of you to attend other MYA Summer Workshops.

An intensive afternoon of early music performance and discussion.

Midwest Young Artists' nationally recognized Summer Music Festival has an outstanding faculty, nurturing staff and is held in a beautiful and comfortable setting. The Summer Music Festival offers students an unparalleled music experience in a fun and supportive environment. Our goal is to help each student grow musically and individually. Dedicated faculty, who love to teach, will inspire students to explore new ideas, discover new talents, and learn skills that will stay with them forever.

About the Workshop

This workshop will be an intense immersion in early music performance practice. With inspirational masterclasses and ensemble performances, you will learn to play in the style of performers past. This fun workshop will boost your appreciation for early music and period instrument performance.


This workshop is held in the beautiful MYA Center in Fort Sheridan.

Workshop Daily Schedule

9:30–10:00 a.m. Introduction and Modern Instrument Modification
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Masterclasses
12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00–3:00 p.m. Large Ensemble
3:00–4:00 p.m. Faculty Rehearsal
5:00 p.m. Performance (Faculty and Large Ensemble)


William Bauer, Baroque Violin
William Bauer teaches studio violin & viola at Webster University in St. Louis . He is the Artistic Director of the St. Louis Baroque Festival and Academy. He has been a soloist at the Iraklion International Festival (Crete), and the Lisbon and Vancouver Early Music Festivals. His discography includes recordings for the well-known labels such as Deutsche Grammophone, Polydor, Naxos , First Edition, Nannerl and Studio 115. His recording of Caccini’s La Liberazione was named one of the “top ten best recordings of 1994: by the BBC Music Magazine.

Jerry Fuller, Violone
Jerry Fuller began studying the double bass at age 16 and was invited to join the Lyric Opera of Chicago orchestra three years later. Within two years he was promoted to first desk of the double bass section in addition to performing with the Santa Fe Opera. Mr. Fuller has also served as solo double bass of The Musikkollegium Winterthur Switzerland. While in Europe, Mr. Fuller became interested in historically-informed performance practice and has achieved international recognition for his work with period instruments. A Chicago Artists Abroad grant recipient, Mr. Fuller's performances in London, Rome, Geneva and Edinburgh have been broadcast worldwide. In addition, Mr. Fuller has performed at the Ravinia and the Aspen Music Festivals and both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.

Ravenna Helson, Baroque Cello
Ravenna Helson is a graduate of the Juilliard School (BM) and Yale University (MM) where she received the Ellen Battell Stoeckle Award for excellence in Chamber Music. She has been a member of the Milwaukee Symphony, Skylight Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera National Company, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Michigan Opera Theater, and the New Jersey Symphony. Currently, she is principal cello of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. As a baroque cellist she has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Saint Louis Baroque, at the International Baroque Institute at Longy (Boston), the Bloomington Early Music Festival, Green Lake Festival, and the Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin). In Chicago she performs with The Comic Intermezzo and Chicago Camerata. She has been a faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory, Alverno College, Carroll College, UWM, and now teaches for the Progressions Program of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony.

Jeff Noonan, Lutes & Theorbo
Jeff Noonan teaches upper-level music literature and history courses, including courses in American music and world musics. In addition to directing the Classical Guitar area at Southeast Missouri, Dr. Noonan performs Renaissance and Baroque music on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar. He performs regularly with Early Music St. Louis, the Kingsbury Ensemble, and Collegium Vocale St. Louis. In 2004, Professor Noonan toured Portugal and Spain with Musica Missouri, performing Renaissance lute works and premiering a piece for solo guitar and chorus in castles, palaces, and cathedrals. In early 2005, he co-founded Musicke’s Cordes, an early music string band focusing on 17th century Italian ensemble music.

Rachel Gries, Baroque Viola
Rachel Gries holds both a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola performance and a Master of Music degree in Early Music Instrumental performance from Indiana University. Her primary teachers include Mimi Zweig, Atar Arad, and Stanley Ritchie. Studying violin from the age of four, Rachel teaches both violin and viola lessons at the Indianapolis Academy of Music and also serves as its chamber music director. She received extensive pedagogical training from Mimi Zweig, and has taught for the String Academy of Wisconsin, Bedford Young Violinists program, and the Zionsville middle school string program. At Indiana University, Rachel studied chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky, Stanley Ritchie, Elizabeth Wright and Wendy Gillespie. She currently coaches chamber music and gives master classes for the Community Music School of Webster University Baroque String Academy and is a member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. In addition, Rachel performs throughout the Midwest with Early Music Saint Louis, Comic Intermezzo, Musika Ekklesia, and in Indianapolis with various string trios and quartets.

Tuition and Application

Students wishing to attend the workshop should complete the Secure Online Application Form and submit the non-refundable $75 application fee. This application fee will be applied toward summer workshop tuition. No audition is required. Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled. Tuition must be paid in full by June 1.

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Pay your $75 Application Fee

Financial Aid Form

The financial aid form must be submitted at the same time as the workshop application.

Tuition and Fees
* $75 Application Fee is non-refundable and applied toward Workshop tuition
* $160 Non-Residential

NOTE: All payments are non-refundable unless by special arrangement with the Director of Midwest Young Artists with written physician statement of medical nescessity.

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