The Berwick Academy Class Components

It’s an educational program.
It’s a performing ensemble.
It’s a networking and social opportunity.

The Berwick Academy is all of these things as well as one of America’s best period practice summer institutes.

Education Course

The Academy opens with an intensive course where participants get personal instruction from internationally renowned faculty in master classes, sectionals, and chamber music. Another element is the orchestral reading sessions, where stylistic issues are addressed through rehearsing key works of the period. 


We are excited to announce our 2017 Berwick Academy guest directors, each presenting programs featuring works of the Baroque period:

The Academy season opens with a concert directed by violinist Monica Huggett on Saturday, July 1, and includes WF Bach, Adagio and Fugue in D minor, Fasch, Concerto a 7 in G minor, Telemann, Suite in A minor for 2 oboes and strings, JS Bach, Suite no 1 in C major, Telemann, Concerto in E minor, Fasch, Concerto in D minor, and Graun,Violin Concerto in D minor

OBF Artistic Director, Matthew Halls, conducts the Berwick Academy on Friday, July 7, featuring Rebel, Les Caractères de la Danse, Lully, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme suite, and a concert version of John Blow’s,Venus & Adonis.

The Academy closes the season with a program conducted by EUBO Music Director and harpsichordist, Lars Ulrik Mortensen on Thursday, July 13, including Rameau, Suite from Zoroastre, Georg Muffat, Sonata V from Armonico Tributo, Telemann, Ouverture Burlesque de Quichotte, and Rameau, Danse des Zephyrs.

Historically Informed Performance

The Academy is one of the few educational performance opportunities in the US that exclusively employs period performance. Faculty and directors are all top performers and educators in the field. Students will get unparalleled experience by working and living side-by-side with these artists and musicians like themselves. OBF does not have an instrument bank and all accepted participants are expected to bring their own instruments and appropriate accessories. 


June 25 - July 13, 2017


Thanks to the generosity of UO alumni Phyllis and Andrew Berwick, The Academy is tuition-free for all selected participants. Room & board is provided for the entirety of the program. Students are only responsible for travel at the beginning and the end of the season. 

More information will be added throughout the coming months. If you have additional questions, contact Dave Goudy at berwickacademy@uoregon.edu.