2019 Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program

Harpsichord • Fortepiano • Cello • Viola da Gamba • Traverso • Violin • Harpsichord maintenance

JULY 29–AUGUST 4, 2019 Now accepting applications!


To inquire about merit-based scholarships write to info@thebaroqueroom.com

The Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program offers advanced students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform with some of the world's most respected international artists in early music. Held at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, this program provides world-class instruction in an engaging environment. 

Harpsichord • Fortepiano • ‘Cello • Viola da Gamba • Traverso • Violin • Harpsichord maintenance
Faculty: Jacques Ogg, Jaap ter Linden, Pedro Gandía, Kathie Stewart, and Ton Amir.

FULL PARTICIPANTS  • Selection of participants will be on the basis of the audition recording and the application; the criteria for acceptance will be the quality of the applicants as well as their goals for attending the program.

The tuition fee for full participation is $700. Included are tickets for all Twin Cities Early Music Festival performances that take place during the course. Click here to register upon acceptance into the program.

NON-PARTICIPATING AUDITORS • Non-participating auditors are welcome to observe any activity of the program for $50/day. An application is not necessary to audit. Click here to register anytime.

HOUSING • Large, beautiful apartments 4 blocks from the workshop location from Sunday July 28th through Monday August 5th.
Single occupancy $550 • Double occupancy (shared room and shared queen-sized bed) $300 per person

STAFF • Tami Morse & Marc Levine, program coordinators • info@thebaroqueroom.com • (651) 705-6772


An advanced-level course for instrumentalists, with a special focus on music of the high baroque, the rococo, and the early classical era.

This program offers a unique opportunity to explore baroque, early classical music, and dance with some of the world's leading performers and scholars of this repertoire. Although this is a program for period-instrument players, advanced-level musicians with limited experience on period instruments are encouraged to apply, and appropriate instruments will be available upon request (please request instruments by July 1). Several fine keyboard instruments (harpsichord, chamber organ, fortepiano) are available during the program.

Previous participants have praised the event for the intimacy of the classes, and for the special individual attention from the faculty members in a supportive, friendly, and highly personal atmosphere.

Course Outline

MASTERCLASSES • Two-and-a-half hour masterclass sessions will take place daily (private lessons may be available for an additional fee). If you need repertoire advice, please contact info@thebaroqueroom.com for faculty member contact information.

SMALL ENSEMBLES • The faculty will form ensembles and assign repertoire after reading through repertoire for the first 2 days. Two separate, different ensemble sessions are scheduled for the afternoons, and provide an opportunity for participants to work with different instrumentalists and on different repertoire. If you have specific repertoire interests, or would like to play in an ensemble with specific participants, please let the program know in advance. Every effort will be made to accommodate such wishes.

CONTINUO CLASS • A class will be offered for all participants—all instruments are welcome. Both beginning and advanced continuo players will benefit from this course.

LARGE ENSEMBLE • An orchestral reading session will be offered each day with a large-ensemble performance included in the final concert.

TWIN CITIES EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL • The program runs simultaneously to the Twin Cities Early Music Festival. Full participants may attend any concert for FREE. See www.tcearlymusic.org for festival schedule.

Workshop Schedule

  • July 28 | 5-8pm REGISTRATION and welcome dinner for faculty and participants

  • July 29 | 8am REGISTRATION, 8:30 ORIENTATION, then follow daily schedule

  • July 29–August 3 | Follow daily schedule

  • August 4 | Final day schedule with 3pm final concert

Workshop Concerts

  • AUGUST 2 | 7:30pm Faculty Concert

  • AUGUST 4 | 3:00pm Participant Final Concert

Daily Schedule

  • 9 am - Alexander Technique Class

  • 10am - Masterclass (with a break)and Harpsichord Maintenance (harpsichordists only)

  • 12:30pm - lunch

  • 2pm - Ensemble I

  • 3:15pm - Ensemble II

  • 4:30pm - Continuo/Large Ensemble

  • 5:30pm - Dinner/practice time

  • 7:30pm - Concerts


Jacques Ogg • Harpsichord & Fortepiano, Director

One of the most prominent and influential modern masters of harpsichord and fortepiano, JACQUES OGG performs worldwide as a soloist and continuo player. He was a member of one of the world's leading period-instrument ensembles, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, and also works with Baroque orchestras in Salamanca and Sevilla, Spain.  Highly sought after as a pedagogue, he is the principal harpsichord professor at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, one of the world's foremost institutes for early music. Mr. Ogg co-directs the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program (previoiusly the Vancouver Early Music Programme), an intensive summer music course in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has been the artistic director of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra since 2000. His discography includes more than 60 recordings with labels such as Philips, Sony, EMI, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and Glossa.  Fono Forum, Germany's largest music magazine, named Mr. Ogg's CD of Bach's Goldberg Variations the finest recording of this work presently available.


Pedro Gandía Martín • Baroque Violin

Violinist PEDRO GANDÍA MARTÍN performs worldwide as a soloist and ensemble member. He is a member of the trio Passamezzo Antico and Artistic Director of the Baroque Orchestra of Seville. He is on faculty at the Musikene (the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country) in San Sebastián, and is also teaches at historical music courses at the University of Salamanca and Aracena.

Gandía did his violin studies with Félix Ayo, Z. Rutkowski and Jan Hulst in Bilbao and Rotterdam. He has also worked extensively with and under the direction of renowned early music specialists such as Barry Sargent, Monica Huggett, Enrico Gatti, Jaap Schröder, Andrew Manze, François Fernandez, Marc Minkowski, Roy Goodman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Harry Christophers, Fabio Bonizzoni, and Wim ten Have.

An active performer, Gandía has played in the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls with groups such as Passamezzo Antico, Les Musiciens du Louvre, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Leipzig's Chürsasische Capelle, Café Zimmermann, Baroque Orchestra of Seville, Baroque Orchestra of Salamanca, and Al Ayre Español. Under his direction, the Baroque Orchestra of Salamanca has presented several programs focused on cantatas of Bach and Handel, concerti grossi of Corelli, Hellendal, and Handel, and baroque suites of Locke, Purcell, Telemann, and Conti. He has recorded extensively for labels including Arsis, Columns Classics, Warner-Erato, ONA Digital, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Alma Musik, Archiv Produktion, Harmonia Mundi, as well as for the BBC, Radio France, Polish and Danish Radio, RNE, and Radio Euskadi.

Jaap ter Linden • Baroque Cello & Gamba

Cellist and conductor JAAP TER LINDEN has devoted his illustrious career to historical performance practice, reaching out to audiences with his moving performances and inspiring colleagues and students with his musical enthusiasm and integrity. His relentless curiosity for the music of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart has led him to concentrate on this repertoire in his current conducting projects–including a Beethoven cycle with the Wroclaw Symphony–and was the driving force behind a recording of the complete Mozart symphonies with his own Mozart Akademie. The same fascination extends to his chamber music endeavors: this year he will record the complete Beethoven cello and piano works with American fortepianist David Breitman. In upcoming performances, Elizabeth Wallfisch joins them to play the Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms trios. Jaap is a regular guest conductor and performer with a number of ensembles, including Ensemble Arion (Montreal), Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Recently retired from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, he continues teaching a handful of advanced students and gives regular master classes throughout Europe and the United States. He enjoys having more time to dedicate to a long-lost passion for photography, as well as writing about various themes related to music and movement, and further exploring the world of music and meaning. Jaap has made numerous recordings: among his personal favourites are the two different versions of the Bach suites, the old Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico recording with the English Concert and his Mozart symphonies.


Kathie Stewart • Traverso

Called "stellar" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kathie Stewart is a founding member and principal flute of Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra.  She serves as Teacher of Baroque Flute at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kulas Visiting Artist at Case Western Reserve University, and is Assistant Director for the Seattle Baroque Flute Workshop. Stewart has performed as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Opera, Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Sinfonia, ARTEK, and Turn the Corner Irish Band. Stewart has performed at the BBC Proms, Snape Proms, Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival,  Boston Early Music Festival, New World Symphony's Baroque Festival, Oberlin College Artist Series, National Academy of Sciences, Library of Congress, and Dumbarton Oaks Series. Stewart is a faculty member of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she serves as Curator of Harpsichords in the Historical Performance Department and additionally taught baroque flute for nearly twenty years. A proponent of historical temperaments, she tunes and maintains the Conservatory's world-class collection of historical harpsichord reproductions.

Stewart appears on more than sixteen recordings with Apollo's Fire including solo performances in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. IV (Electra) and Telemann's Concerto in E Minor for Flute and Recorder (Koch). An accomplished Irish flute player, she can be heard on Scarborough Fayre: Traditional Tunes from the British Isles and the New World, Come To The River: an Early American Gathering, and Sugarloaf Mountain: an Appalachian Gathering. Radio appearances include holiday specials on National Public Radio, NPR's World of Opera, SymphonyCast, and Performance Today. Her concerts have been broadcasted on Britain's BBC Radio, Canada's CBC, European Community Radio, and on WCLV's "Seaway" syndication network carried by member stations of the European Broadcasting Union.


Anton Amir • Harpsichord Builder

ANTON AMIR first got a university degree in the Dutch language writing a thesis about the use of machinery and special effects on the stages of the 17th and 18th century European theatres. He briefly studied the recorder at the Utrecht Conservatory, but came to prefer the harpsichord and its repertoire. He decided to continue in this direction and started his training in 1982 as an apprentice in the workshop of Joop Klinkhamer. Within a few years he was invited to become partner and he is now the manager of the company. An amateur harpsichordist himself (he won Haarlem’s amateur harpsichord competition in 1988), he is an expert keyboard maker who also specializes in voicing, regulating and tuning. As a professional tuner he has contributed to recordings for such labels as Globe, Ramée, Glossa and Wildboar, and as a harpsichord technician he has traveled extensively in Europe and to Japan, Korea, the U.S.A. and Canada, servicing instruments and giving courses on tuning and maintenance. He is responsible for harpsichord maintenance at both the Amsterdam and Utrecht conservatories. These activities are guided by his belief that a well-maintained harpsichord is essential to any serious player, a point which he feels is too often neglected by players and builders alike. This is why he travels so extensively: to keep the instruments in shape. Ton is also a qualified translator of Spanish.

Sungyun Cho • Ensemble Coach

Sungyun Cho began her musical studies in Seoul, South Korea, at the Seoul Arts High School, and at the Yonsei University with Professor Kwak Tong-soon. From there she went to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where she studied harpsichord performance and chamber music with such internationally renowned pedagogues as Jacques Ogg, Patrick Ayrton, and Ryo Terakado. Throughout her studies, she performed across Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and she completed her program in The Hague with the highest marks and distinction. After graduation, Cho’s career grew rapidly, and she quickly drew the attention of many around the world. Cho has given recitals in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Korea, Japan, Bolivia, Peru, Columbia, and Chile. She is sought after as a performer for music festivals and prestigious concert halls such as Les Éphémères in France; La Caixa Foundation and Circulo Bach in Spain; Kirchheimer Konzertwinter in Germany; Kioi Hall and the Fukuoka Early Music Festival in Japan; the Handel Festival, Yonsei University Church Sunday Concert Series, Goeun Museum concert series, and Korea University in Korea; and the Early Music Chiquito Festival and La Paz Music College in Bolivia; the Maene Piano Museum concert series in Belgium; the Bach Festival in Poland; at Alberto Hurtado University in Chile; and on the De Glind early music concert series and Limburg Organ Festival in The Netherlands. As an ensemble player, Cho is a member of Tokyo Baroque and Animaccordi, directed by Ryo Terakado, and she regularly plays with the Belgian ensemble Il Gardellino. As a teacher, she has been an assistant for the harpsichord studio at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and has been invited to present guest lectures and master classes in many music festivals. She is also music director of the DaeJoen Early Music Festival in Korea. Her CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released on the Belgian label Passacaille. Recordings of Scarlatti Sonatas and the Telemann Paris Quartet have recently been released.


Tulio Rondón • Ensemble Coach

Cellist and Gambist Tulio Rondón performs throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician. Known for his vivid depth and passionate performances, he started his professional life early as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Tulio Rondón's performance career has taken him all over the world, sharing the stage with many internationally celebrated artists.

Born in Venezuela, Tulio Rondón began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona.  Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Tulio Rondón is in demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist. He is currently a faculty member of the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy, and Cellistiko PR in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Dr. Rondón is the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.