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2019 SFEMS Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium

16 June, 2019 to 21 June, 2019

2018 Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium
School of the Madeleine, Berkeley, CA
June 16 – 21, 2019

Music Discovery Workshop & Youth Collegium is a premier workshop for the kids in grades 1-12.  Originally founded by Lee McRae in 1994, it has established itself as a unique gem among music workshops for kids, not only here in the Bay Area, but in the nation.

For younger kids, in grades 1-6, looking for a fun, artistic introduction to early music, there is the Music Discovery Workshop—no prior musical training needed.  The focus of the workshop is to introduce and immerse children in early music from the Middle Ages to the Classical period, while providing historical and cultural context, all in a fun, hands on way through songs, theater and arts and crafts.

The Youth Collegium is a concurrent program designed for older, more experienced students, in grades 7 – 12, who want to explore early music in greater depth. This year, the Youth Collegium participants will explore the music of the 17th century England, in works by Matthew Locke, William Lawes, Henry Purcell and others. In addition to having semi-private lessons, students will dedicate their time in All-Collegium band or choir. The students will also have dance, drama and art elective options.

All Youth Collegium applicants must submit a brief video so we may be able to assess musical level. This video does not have to be a performance. It may be a brief recording of a piece or a work in progress and may be filmed on a mobile device. Please send this video to the director, Yuko Tanaka at

About the Faculty:

The faculty are a dedicated team of experienced music educators, having taught or are currently serving on faculty at places such as SF Conservatory of MusicUC Berkeley, Pacific Boychoir Academy, and San Ramon Youth Symphony. In addition, our faculty brings the unique benefit to our students of sharing their experiences and insights as professional players in several Bay Area ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra,and Archetti. Each year, the Workshop begins with a faculty concert not to be missed.

2018 Faculty List
Vida Bateau, recorder
Jonathon Hampton, Voice—Youth Collegium Vocal Director
Jennifer Meller, Baroque Dance
Farley Pearce, Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba
David Sego, Violin—Youth Collegium Instrumental Director
Adam Sussman, Theater
Yuko Tanaka, D.M.A., Harpsichord—Musical Discovery Workshop and Youth Collegium Director