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  • Locations: Boston, United States
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Artistic Work
Program Description:
Project Details
The Bach Institute is a collaboration amongst Emmanuel Music, Oberlin College and Winsor Music.  It provides students with the opportunity to explore and perform Bach cantata arias. For nearly three weeks in January, students will participate in the weekly cantatas at Emmanuel Church, and will study and prepare their own Bach cantata, arias and duets that will be performed on outreach concerts in Boston and the surrounding area. The culmination of the Bach Institute is a public concert at Emmanuel Church. 
The Bach Institute is open to:  soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone/bass-baritone, violin, viola, oboe, flute, cello, double bass, and keyboard. (Keyboard players should know or expect to learn figured bass.)
Opportunities to Perform:
                  • Three weekend cantatas with the Emmanuel Music ensemble
                  • A complete Bach cantata with Emmanuel Music’s Artistic Director Ryan Turner, conductor
                  • Solo performances in prelude and postlude music for Emmanuel Church services
                  • Four outreach concerts in retirement communities throughout greater Boston
                  • A children’s concert (designed by the students) at an elementary school in Dorchester, MA
                  • A final public performance of Bach arias at Emmanuel Church
Opportunities to Learn:
                  • Three roundtable discussions of the weekend cantatas with Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal.
                  • Masterclasses and lectures with Bach experts such as John Harbison, Bob Levin, Christoph Wolff and Ryan Turner.
                  • Detailed discussions about the texts of the assigned arias, including the source material of the cantata texts, what the references mean, and how these difficult texts relate to the music and to Bach’s life and times.
                  • Intensive coaching with Emmanuel musicians Ryan Turner, Kendra Colton, Frank Kelley, Peggy Pearson, Heidi Braun-Hill, Michael Beattie, and Rafael Popper-Keizer on shaping the music (ensemble as well as individual attention).
Extra info:
                  • Performances are at 440 on modern instruments.
                  • Students are housed with host families and are able to walk to Emmanuel Church daily or use public transportation.
                  • Students attend as many cultural events in Boston as possible.  In previous years we have attended performances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, A Far Cry, Cantata Singers, the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, and danced to The Rite of Spring (or played in the orchestra!)
                  • Our faculty represents approximately 170 years of collective Bach performance experience at Emmanuel Church.  Our mission is to inspire and infuse young musicians with the passion we feel for the complex and awe-inspiring arias and duets by Johann Sebastian Bach, and to share our depth of knowledge with future Bach performers and promoters.
Repertoire for study:
                  • Repertoire is assigned by the faculty.
                  • Assigned repertoire must be learned prior to arrival.
                  • Singers and instrumentalists may be assigned as many as five arias/duets.
                  • Instrumentalists may also be assigned instrumental chamber music.
                  • Scores for singers and keyboard players can be obtained at
                  • Parts will be provided for obbligato instrumentalists and cellists.
                  • Keyboard players must be prepared to read figured bass.

Number of students: 14

Dates: January 2nd - January 20th, 2020

Project Fee
There is no fee associated with this course.  Housing and one meal a day will be provided.  Students will be responsible for their own travel to Boston and other meals.

Project Sponsor
Kendra Colton ( Interested students must reach out for audition details before Fall Break.  The application deadline is October 31st. Participants will be registered for the project after audition decisions have been made.

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