Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College

Christa Patton, Director

Dates: June 14-20, 2020

We regret to inform you that the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College will be postponed until next summer 2021 due to public health considerations brought about by COVID-19.  Watch this page for more information regarding dates and offerings this coming Fall 2020.

The Institute for 17th Century Music at Queens College offers a one-week, intensive training program in Baroque opera for singers, continuo players and string players, culminating in a performance of


by Francesco Cavalli 


Julianne Baird – Baroque Vocal Style

Damon Bonetti – Stage Director

Dongmyung Ahn – Baroque String Technique and Repertoire

Deborah Fox – Baroque Guitar, Theorbo

Gwendolyn Toth – Early Keyboards

For Singers

  • Daily masterclasses and coachings in ornamentation and Baroque style based on 16th and 17th century sources, with Julianne Baird
  • Daily classes in Baroque gesture with Dorothy Olsen and theatre craft for opera singers with Damon Bonetti.

For String players:

  • Study of Baroque repertoire and period ornamentation with Dongmyung Ahn, Baroque violin and Lisa Terry, viola da gamba and Baroque cello

For Continuo players:

  • Improvisation in accompaniment based on 16th and 17th century sources with Gwen Toth, Baroque keyboard, Christa Patton, Baroque harpDeborah Fox, theorbo and Baroque guitar.
  • Singers and full continuo will participate in daily music rehearsals with musical director, Christa Patton


Daily Schedule Tuition Singers: $695
Strings and continuo instruments: $595
Auditors: $60 per day
On-campus housing: $70 per night
*scholarships available

Application deadline for singers:  April 3, 2020
Application deadline for instrumentalists: May 31, 2020.

The Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College uses the YAP Tracker application process for our program. The application can be found here:

You do not need to be a paying subscriber to YAP Tracker to use the application form, although you will need an account (guest accounts are available; see the website for details). Registration can be completed at

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