Early Renaissance Music Retreat

Why Attend Early Renaissance Music Retreat

Join us for the 2023 Early Renaissance Music Retreat at Interlochen College of Creative Arts. Period instruments are highlighted and program sessions focus on articulation, ornamentation, improvisation, and rehearsal techniques. The retreat culminates with an optional participant concert.  

This season, we celebrate 400 years of William Byrd's legacy. You will explore English Renaissance music by William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, and Robert Parsons. You will play music from the Anglican and Catholic traditions Byrd inhabited and from Tudor and Jacobean courts at the turn of the seventeenth century. You will about Byrd's world and music including sacred music, motets, fantasias, chamber music, and more

We welcome players of recorders, early winds (cornetto, shawm, dulcian, sackbut, crumhorn), violins (with Baroque/Renaissance bow), viols, lutes, Renaissance harp, harpsichord, and percussion. There will be opportunities for vocalists as well.

Participants must have the ability to read music. If you are an instrumentalist, please bring your own instrument(s). Instrumentalists must have proficiency on at least one period instrument. The course will be held at A=440. Some instruments are available to borrow during the workshop with advanced communication with the instructor. Printed music will be provided.

Course Dates: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 to Saturday, June 10, 2023
Early Registration Fee: $450 (Early Registration ends on April 1, 2023)
Registration Fee: $495
Registration Deadline: June 1, 2023

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K-12 Educators: Earn 24 State of Michigan SCECH clock hours by attending this retreat.


Participants must have the ability to read music, must have expertise playing at least one period instrument, and must supply their own instrument(s) which may include: recorders, other early winds, violin (with Baroque/Renaissance bow), viol, lute, harpsichord and percussion. Some instruments may be available from the instructor with advanced notice.


Learn more about the Early Renaissance Music Retreat faculty.

Kelsey Andrew Schilling

Kelsey Andrew Schilling

Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Early Renaissance Music Retreat

Sarah Huebsch Schilling

Sarah Huebsch Schilling

Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Artistic Director, Early Renaissance Music Retreat (On leave)