Summer Workshop

2017 Summer Workshop participants and faculty (Photo credit: Mary Gordon)

Madison Bach Musicians

4th Annual Summer Chamber Music Workshop

July 24-27, 2018

West Middleton Lutheran Church (New Location!!)


Madison Bach Musicians will hold a Summer Chamber Music Workshop over four days in July focusing on 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 sessions, lectures,  master classes, group lunches, a faculty concert and a final closing concert for a supportive and appreciative audience.

New this year–Baroque dance classes! Even if you know nothing about dancing, this will be great fun–and learning Baroque dancing will help your Baroque playing!

String and wind players will play on their own instruments at A=440. Musicians who play at A=415 and pre-formed ensemble groups are also welcome. Keyboard players will play on pianos, fortepianos and harpsichords provided by Madison Bach Musicians and may choose their preferred keyboard instrument.


January 1 to March 25, 2018 – Early Application discount! Send in your online application, application fee, and placement recording by March 25th and you will receive a $30 tuition discount.

May 1, 2018– Application Deadline

June 1, 2018
– Ensemble and music assignments are posted on our website.

July 24- 27, 2018 – 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 Baroque dance classes

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm   Continuo classes, masterclasses, and large group ensemble reading session.

Friday afternoon Closing Concert at 2 pm. (open to the public)

Wednesday evening Faculty Concert at 7:30 pm. (free for participants and tickets available for public)

Detailed Schedule of Afternoon Workshops

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

Soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player Lisette Kielson has been described by the press as “sparkling with life” and “performing with true character and style”. Throughout the Midwest Lisette has had the honor and pleasure of performing at Bach Festivals, College Artist Series, and with, among others, Lyric Opera of Chicago (stage band soloist), Chicago Opera Theater, Haymarket Opera Company, Music of the Baroque, Chicago’s Bach Week Festival and with many Chicago-area early music ensembles including Chicago Recorder Quartet. Lisette has released recordings of Bach and Boismortier with Centaur Records as well as CDs under her own label. Affiliate Instructor at Bradley University, she directs the Collegium Musicum and performs with the faculty new music ensemble. Past President of the American Recorder Society, Lisette teaches on the faculty of the Whitewater Early Music Festival and leads recorder workshops throughout the country. She holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from Indiana University and a post-master’s Diploma from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands. A former resident of Madison, Lisette is excited to collaborate with Madison Bach Musicians again!

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.

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.

Sarah Edgar specializes in eighteenth century stage performance. She began her professional career as a dancer with The New York Baroque Dance Company under Catherine Turocy, and since then she has voraciously studied and experimented with the stage conventions of the period. She is now an associate director of The New York Baroque Dance Company and the stage director/choreographer at Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago. With Haymarket Opera Company, she recently directed the modern premiere of Marin Marais’ Ariane et Bachus. From 2006-2012, Sarah lived in Köln, Germany, and she visited all the museums, castles, and gardens in Europe that she could manage while still dancing in operas, creating new works with her group The Punk’s Delight, and receiving an MA in Tanzwissenschaft (dance studies) from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She is also frequently asked to give master classes in baroque dance and direct/choreograph operas at universities.

Application and fees

Applications will be evaluated by directors and notifications will be mailed beginning in March.  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 do these 3 steps:

1. Complete Summer Workshop Application – Online Application 

2. Pay Application Fee of $30  – Pay Here   

3. Submit Required Placement recording

We 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 Cost $400

Tuition for the four-day workshop is $400 and is due two weeks after you receive the email notification 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 Closing Concert.


Auditors are welcome to attend afternoon lectures, masterclasses, and the Baroque dance classes, as well as the Wednesday evening Faculty Concert by purchasing an auditors pass for $40.  Tickets to the Faculty Concert or any single afternoon event are available online and at the door for $15.  Detailed Schedule of Afternoon Workshops 

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.

Partial Tuition Scholarships

Madison Bach Musicians is pleased to offer a limited number of partial scholarships thanks to an anonymous donor. Partial tuition scholarships applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must be submitted before May 1, 2018 with your workshop application.  If you would like to apply for a partial tuition scholarship up to $150, please contact Tamara Bryant at