Renaissance Music Retreat

Why Attend Renaissance Music Retreat

Join us for the 2024 Renaissance Music Retreat where you'll focus on Ferrara, the city of d'Este family grandeur. You'll learn music by Ferrarese nuns, Leonora d'Este, and Rafalla Aleotti and will delve into consort music commissioned by Este, Gonzaga, and Borgia women. In Renaissance Ferrara, women and girls performed, composed, and commissioned music for sacred and secular occasions. Join us in as we explore Italian Renaissance music written or commissioned by women.

The Renaissance Music Retreat welcomes 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.

Retreat Dates: Tuesday, June 4 - Saturday, June 8, 2024
Registration Fee: $495
Registration Deadline: May 28, 2024
On-Campus Lodging: Participants can enjoy 10% off at the Stone Hotel and Cottages. Call 231-276-7570 for reservations or book online

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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 Renaissance Music Retreat faculty.

Kelsey Andrew Schilling

Kelsey Andrew Schilling

Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Renaissance Music Retreat

Sarah Huebsch Schilling

Sarah Huebsch Schilling

Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Artistic Director, Renaissance Music Retreat