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Bayfield Chamber Music Retreat (pre-formed groups and individual players accepted)

6 October, 2019 to 10 October, 2019
Wild Rice Retreat, Bayfield, WI
Wild Rice Retreat Center

Bayfield Chamber Music Retreat will take place at Wild Rice Retreat in Bayfield, WI, October 6-10, 2019. Bayfield, one of the Midwest's most picturesque towns, is located on the shore of Lake Superior and is the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Participants will enjoy peak fall color, architecturally distinct surroundings, and superb locally-sourced cuisine.

The retreat is open to pre-formed chamber ensembles of two to six players comprised of strings, strings with piano, or strings with one wind instrument. Ensembles are encouraged to apply early as space allows for only eight ensembles. The three faculty coaches and performers are Stephanie Arado (former Assistant Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra), Laura Sewell (founding cellist of the Lark Quartet), and Sonja Thompson (Professor of Music at Augsburg University and a distinguished collaborative pianist). During the four-day retreat participants will receive five coachings, participate in a masterclass, and perform in a final performance.   


Due to numerous requests, we have decided to add the option of applying as an individual player. We will accept individual applications between now and August 7. After the application deadline, we will assign repertoire based on the instrumentation we have to work with. Individuals may be placed in one group for the four days of the retreat, or if there are multiple people who play the same instrument, we may organize a “rotating” schedule. This would mean that several people would be assigned the same piece and would rotate amongst themselves for each coaching. Although this option is less likely to culminate in an informal performance at the end of the retreat, it has the advantage of allowing people to experience playing with multiple ensemble partners.