American Bach Soloists
July 30–August 12 2018

an advanced training program for emerging professionals and accomplished students of Historically Informed Performance Practice

The American Bach Soloists ACADEMY was founded in 2010 with the purpose of providing mentorship and artistic support to those musicians who are seeking to bridge the gap between advanced conservatory, university, or personal studies and an emerging career, either as soloists, chamber musicians, or with professional Early Music institutions.

Since the ACADEMY's inaugural year, more than 500 participants have been admitted from around the world, representing Australia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Republic of Singapore, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela.

Drawing on their distinguished roster of performers—named “the best American specialists in early music” by The Washington Post—the American Bach Soloists ACADEMY offers advanced conservatory-level students and young professionals unique opportunities to study and perform Baroque music in a multi-disciplinary learning environment.

In addition to in-depth coachings and technical studies with masters of their particular instruments, string players, wind and brass players, continuo and keyboard players, and singers work together with all faculty members, gaining the perspectives of eminent and highly acclaimed professional artists from a variety of disciplines.

The ACADEMY is held in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s exquisite facilities in the heart of the city’s arts district. Located two blocks from Davies Symphony Hall (home of the San Francisco Symphony) and the War Memorial Opera House (home of the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet companies), the Conservatory offers state-of-the-art performance halls, classrooms, practice rooms, and teaching studios. Nearby housing is available at nominal cost to students.

Jeffrey Thomas (artistic director of the American Bach Soloists) and Corey Jamason (principal keyboardist for American Bach Soloists and director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s program in Early Music) are co-directors of the ACADEMY.

Tuition for the two-week program is $840. (Full tuition is $1,200 but all students will receive a 30% tuition subsidy scholarship, thanks to the generosity of private sponsors.) The Academy is funded in part by tuition and in part by ticket sales for Academy & Festival events. The student/teacher ratio ranges from 4:1 to 6:1.


Elizabeth Blumenstock violin & viola

Max van Egmond voice

Corey Jamason harpsichord & co-director

Steven Lehning violone & contrabass

Judith Malafronte voice

Robert Mealy violin & viola

Sandra Miller flute

Debra Nagy oboe & recorder

William Sharp voice

William Skeen violoncello & viola da gamba

Kenneth Slowik violoncello & viola da gamba

Dominic Teresi bassoon

John Thiessen trumpet (on leave 2017)

Jeffrey Thomas conductor & co-director

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