Please note: The below information pertains to the 2017 Madison Early Music Festival. Feel free to browse these sections in order to learn more about our annual week-long program.

Information on the 2018 Madison Early Music Festival will be added as it becomes available.

Class Descriptions

Advanced Loud Band Intensive

with Robert Wiemken, Director

This program will allow a select group of advanced players of cornetto, shawm, sackbut and dulcian the opportunity to focus their entire week at the Madison Festival on forming and polishing a historically-based reed and brass ensemble such as flourished in Spanish courts, cities, and towns during the 16th and early 17th centuries, the so-called Spanish Golden Age in art, music, and literature. The program will consist of three sessions a day.

Early Morning Class:
Advanced Loud Band Ensemble Technique and Repertoire

Mid-Morning Class:
A – Shawm and Dulcian Advanced Technique (Bob Wiemken)
B – Sackbut Technique (Greg Ingles)

Early Afternoon Class
Advanced Loud Band: Polishing Repertoire

Emphasis will be placed on the sacred works of Tomás Luis de Victoria and Francisco Guerrero, and the famous cancioneros published during this period, including those from Medinaceli and Sablonara, and the Liber Tonos Humanos. A number of selections of the music in the Intensive will be read from original notation, requiring a comfortable facility in various clefs and transpositions.

The week's efforts will culminate in an hour-long recital open to the Festival participants and the general public on Saturday, July 15, the final day of the Festival week. Participation by permission of the instructor. Maximum of 8 participants. For further information, contact Bob Wiemken at


Saturday, July 8
3:15 - 5:00 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Sunday, July 9 - Thursday, July 13
9:00 - 10:00 am

Advanced Loud Band Ensemble Technique and Repertoire (BOB WIEMKEN)

10:15 - 11:15 am

A - Shawm and Dulcian Advanced Technique (BOB WIEMKEN)

B - Sackbut Technique (GREG INGLES)

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Advanced Loud Band: Polishing Repertoire (BOB WIEMKEN)

3:15 - 5:00 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Friday, July 14
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Advanced Loud Band Dress Rehearsal
3:15 - 5:15 pm All-Festival Rehearsal
Saturday, July 15
10:00 am - 12:00 pm All-Festival Concert Dress Rehearsal
2:00 pm Performance: Advanced Loud Band Intensive and Early Opera Workshop
7:30 pm All-Festival Concert