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Greetings from Institute Co-Directors

We are very excited to launch Oklahoma City University’s Early Music Summer Institute in 2020. It has been our dream to create a workshop equally suitable for emerging early music artists, young professionals interested in experiencing historical performance for the first time, and enthusiastic amateurs.

Our two-week program aims to equip participants with practical knowledge and skills for the interpretation of early music: familiarity with period instruments, knowledge of important issues in performance practice, and practical application through engagement with solo, chamber, and larger ensemble literature.

To this end, we are grateful to have the beautiful facilities of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at our disposal, as well as its fine collection of period instruments. Our faculty—who have trained in historical performance at institutions including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, the University of North Texas, and the conservatories of Freiburg, Frankfurt, and Florence—will be working intensively with students in chamber music, class, and one-on-one settings. Each week will conclude with a recital of student chamber ensembles, and on the final Saturday we will present a semi-staged production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis complete with baroque gesture!

We warmly invite you to peruse our website and hope we may have the pleasure of hearing from you with interest in our program! Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions you may have.

Best wishes,

Anastasia Abu Bakar

Benjamin Shute
Baroque violin

Anastasia Abu Bakar closeup
Benjamin Shute playing the violin

Greetings from Susan Dillard, Institute Coordinator

As late Spring becomes Summer in Oklahoma, I feel an uplifting energy on the breeze and see extra brilliance in the warm sunshine that streams through the windows in our atrium - not unlike the unearthly beauty that wafts through the hallways during the Early Music Summer Institute. There is something enchanting about the power Early Music has to transport us to another time and place; a time when a contemplative reverence for the divine permeated through all artistic efforts, and a place far from digital screens and social media and closer to nature and simplicity.

Whether this is your first time delving into this period of music or, like me, you already have a special place in your heart for the haunting harmonies and collaborative complexity that comes with these pieces, I invite you to be swept away into the history that inescapably accompanies the work we will do. You are in for a treat.

Welcome to the Early Music Summer Institute!

Susan Dillard