Summer Baroque Course

This is an annual, intensive five-day course for aspiring professional baroque musicians. Until 2023, the course has been exclusively for instrumentalists. For the 2024 course, we invite applications from both instrumentalists and singers. The course takes place in the state-of-the-art Laidlaw Music Centre, at the University of St Andrews. It is taught by a fantastic team of renowned practitioners, led by violinist Lucy Russell.

The course offers masterclasses, individual lessons, and chamber/ensemble coaching. Despite a busy timetable, there will be time to relax in the beautiful surroundings of historic St Andrews, to wander in the ruins of the cathedral, and to enjoy an ice cream on the beach.

Dates: Monday 12 August 2024 to Friday 16 August 2024 inclusive
Note: Singers attend only from Wednesday 14 August 2024 to Friday 16 August 2024 inclusive

Instrumental Fee: £520.00
Singer Fee: £310.00

Age range: 18 to 35.
Exceptions: If you are an established professional modern instrumentalist who is branching out into baroque performance practice, the Music Centre would welcome an application from you.

The course also has an amateur instrumental strand: keen amateur baroque instrumentalists, aged 18 and above, are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no upper age limit to the amateur instrumental strand!

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Exterior of the Music center

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the online application form and provide the following:

  • CV
  • links to solo performance videos of two contrasting pieces of baroque repertoire of at least six minutes in total (video can be hosted on YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc)

Application deadline: Friday 10 May 2024, 5pm

A number of scholarships and bursaries, worth 50% and 100% of the course fee, are available. Please see the application form for details.

The University of St Andrews reserves the right to alter the course, including the faculty and schedule, where this is found to be unavoidable.