Summer Workshop

Summer Workshop 2016 (photo credit Mary Gordon)

Summer Workshop 2016 (photo credit Mary Gordon)

Madison Bach Musicians

Summer Chamber Music Workshop

July 25-28, 2017

First Unitarian Society of Madison


Madison Bach Musicians will hold a Summer Chamber Music Workshop over four days in July focusing on historically informed performance of baroque and classical music. This workshop is open to intermediate and advanced players who are high school age on up. Participants will be assigned to an ensemble group and music will be sent in advance to allow musicians to practice and learn their parts beforehand. The workshop will include ensemble coaching and rehearsal times, master classes, group lunches, a faculty concert and a final closing concert for a supportive and appreciative audience. Plus new this year, we are excited to be adding some afternoon reading sessions for large ensemble pieces including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and some pieces by Vivaldi and Corelli for orchestra. And all of this will take place in the beautiful and acoustically rich spaces of First Unitarian Society of Madison.

Instruments: violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, fortepiano, piano, flute, recorder, oboe, bassoon

String and wind players will play on their own instruments at A=440.  Keyboard players will play on pianos, fortepianos and harpsichords provided by Trevor Stephenson and by First Unitarian Society and may choose their preferred keyboard instrument.


January 15 to March 20, 2017 – Early Application discount! Send in your online application, application fee, and placement recording by Marchdsc03654 20th and you will receive a $25 tuition discount.

May 1, 2017 May 10, 2017 (extended)– Application Deadline

June 1, 2017 – Ensemble and music assignments are posted on our website.

July 25- 28, 2017 – Workshop

Typical Workshop Day

9:00 am – noon  Coaching and rehearsal for small ensemble groups

noon – 1:00 pm  Community Lunch is provided

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lectures and masterclasses

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm  Large group ensemble reading sessions, informal studio concert, and an early music film showing!

Friday afternoon will be the final concert for participants.

Wednesday evening Faculty Concert at 7:30 pm.


Workshop Co-directors

MBM director Trevor Stephenson, October 2014Trevor Stephenson–harpsichordist, fortepianist, and pianistis the artistic director and founder of the Madison Bach Musicians. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Historical Performance of 18th-Century Music from Cornell University, where he studied fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson. With his colleague, Norman Sheppard, he has made and refurbished a series of historical keyboard instruments ranging from Italian Renaissance harpsichords to Victorian pianos. He has released fifteen recordings on the Light & Shadow label and tours throughout the United States as performer and lecturer. Information and tour schedule at


kangwonKangwon Lee Kim, Madison Bach Musicians concertmaster, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st-century using both baroque and modern violins. She has performed internationally giving solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway, and Czech Republic. Ms. Kim has recorded for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi and CRI labels and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser. As a baroque violinist, Ms. Kim has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Wisconsin Baroque EnsembleBrandywine Baroque, the Classical SymphonyCalisto in San Francisco, and theBaroque Band in Chicago. She has also appeared in faculty recitals at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin and has given guest recitals at Pomona College and the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kim was assistant professor in violin and chamber music at Biola University in CA and has also taught at Ripon College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Lawrence University Conservatory. During the summer, she teaches at Credo summer chamber music festival at Oberlin College.

Other Faculty

Jason J. Moy holds degrees in harpsichord and Early Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, where his primary teachers and mentors included Hank Knox, Luc Beauséjour, and the late Bruce Haynes. Jason is a native of Chicago, and a faculty member at the DePaul University School of Music, where he teaches harpsichord and serves as Director of the Baroque Ensemble. He has performed as a soloist and with ensembles across the United States, Canada and Europe, with notable appearances at the 2013 and 2015 Boston Early Music Festivals, and the York Early Music Festival in 2009. Jason is a founding member of the award-winning period instrument ensemble Trio Speranza, and was recently named Artistic Director of Ars Musica Chicago. He frequently appears with such noted ensembles as the Bach Week Festival Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Newberry Consort, and Chicago Chamber Musicians. He has been featured in live performances on ABC7 and CBS2 television, BBC Radio 3, and is regularly heard on Chicago’s classical radio station, WFMT98.7.

Linda Pereksta has been engaged to perform with such period-instrument ensembles as the Washington Bach Consort, Spire Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Musical Offering, Belle Meade Baroque, Tallahassee Bach Parley, and Baroque Southeast.  She serves on the National Flute Association’s Historical Flutes Committee, is Editor of TRAVERSO, and has written for The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk.  Twice a major prizewinner in the NFA’s Baroque Flute Artist Competition, her doctoral treatise, “Twentieth-Century Compositions for the Baroque Flute,” was a winner of the NFA’s Graduate Research Competition.  Linda teaches Flute and directs the Early Music Ensemble at The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Martha Giese Vallon is a graduate of the Rotterdam Conservatory (The Netherlands) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having grown up in Madison, WI, she took a circuitous route to Europe via Berkeley, CA where she was awarded a Hertz Fellowship (UC-Berkeley) for study abroad. She has performed in hundreds of concerts and participated in many recordings with the leading European baroque and classical orchestras including The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale and the Orchestre des Champs Elysées. Martha has performed throughout Europe, Israel, and Japan in various chamber music and orchestral settings and has taught in several notable early music courses. She plays an anonymous baroque cello made in the 18th century and a newly made viola da gamba by Francis Beaulieu of Montréal. Martha is a certified Musicanopy™ teacher (a preschool music program) which she has taught at the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the UW and continues to teach privately. She teaches cello in the summer at the UW-Madison Music Clinics.

Application and Fees

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  It is advisable to get your application in as soon as possible as this workshop will be kept to a small number of participants to maintain an intimate and supportive feel.

To complete your application, please fill out the online application form, pay a nonrefundable $25 application fee, and submit a placement recording.  If the workshop is full, we will notify you and return or credit your application fee of $25.

Summer Workshop Application – Online Application 

Application & Tuition Fee – Pay Here   

Required Placement recordings

dsc03667We ask that you send a recording of your playing which will help us place you in an appropriate ensemble group. Placement recordings in the form of MP3, iPhone voice memo, or links to online media clips may be sent to Tamara Bryant at Please be sure to include your name and the instrument you are playing.


Tuition for the four-day workshop is $400 and is due two weeks after you receive the letter that you been accepted into the workshop. Tuition includes the ensemble coaching, special sessions, masterclasses, faculty concert, lunch and snacks for the four days, and the final concert in the Landmark Auditorium.


Auditors are welcome to attend afternoon lectures, masterclasses, and the early music film showing, as well as the Wednesday evening Faculty Concert by purchasing an auditors pass for $40. Passes are available now!  Auditor Schedule.  Tickets to the Faculty Concert only are available online and at the door for $15.

Cancellation Fee

Because significant amounts of time and effort go into placing participants into suitable ensemble groups, a cancellation fee of $50 will apply.  No tuition refunds are available after June 15th.

Questions and Partial Tuition Scholarships

If you have any questions about our summer workshop or would like to apply for a partial tuition scholarship, please contact Tamara Bryant at