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    Mountainside Baroque’s Summer Academy offers individualized and group instruction from nationally recognized musicians and scholars to middle, high school, and early college students. Along with superb technical instruction, students will engage with fellow students as they gather insights about music, especially Baroque, as it is brought to life in the 21st century.


   Students also will be exposed to replica historical instruments by inspiring expert teachers and coaches, and enjoy evening social activities. 

   We eagerly await the next crop of young musicians and will offer friendly, in-person auditions. Youtube auditions may also be available.


   For more information about Mountainside Baroque, the tri-state premier performing organization, and the Summer Academy, email

Academy Structure

Students will be divided into two orchestral groups. Smaller chamber ensembles will also be formed, giving an opportunity for more concentrated individual instruction. Each student will get private lessons with one of the faculty members. Daily classes will also examine various aspects of the Baroque era, including art, theory, ornamentation, and dance.​

Academy Objectives

Mountainside Baroque is committed to sharing its knowledge and enthusiasm for this music with the upcoming generation, thus enhancing their understanding of how and why Baroque music was originally performed, and its relevance in the 21st century. Though students will perform mainly on modern instruments, historical replicas will be available for examination, trial, and in certain cases, performance by more advanced players​

Individual Instruction + Fun Social Activities!

As with previous years, the Academy will be providing individual instruction in voice, violin, viola, cello, harpsichord, viola da gamba, trumpet, and lute (guitar). Evenings will be filled with larger rehearsals, concerts and the popular Pizza and Pool Party!

Outstanding Faculty + Access to Festival Stars!

The academy faculty are all well-regarded professional musicians in the early music field, and includes graduates from some of the most prestigious music schools in the United States, including The Peabody Conservatory, The Julliard School, The Oberlin School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and The University of North Texas. This year the Academy will run concurrently with our 2020 “Music in the Mountains” Festival, providing a chance to hear outstanding concerts and to rub elbows with some of early music’s finest performers.

Easy audition process!

Submit auditions electronically via YouTube. To do so please provide a link to a high-quality audio/video submission uploaded to YouTube that is no longer than 10 minutes in length. Please make sure that the link provided is accessible (i.e. public, or unlisted) so that the audition panel is able to review your submission.  Please consult the audition guidelines.

Other auditions may be individually arranged if needed–please contact us at​

"It has been an amazing experience meeting young musicians with similar interests as me."


"Absolutely would recommend. Great value and unique learning experience."

"…Truly enjoyed the music she played and the company of the students. Individual attention to each student is the key!"


"I would absolutely recommend the academy to friends. My child loves the academy. I know that we are very fortunate to have this unique opportunity available to our children."

"They are so fun! I loved the presentation at ALCO..."


Our community supporters

The Naylor Family Trust Fund and the Iris and Peter Halmos Community Fund of The Community Trust Foundation have generously supported scholarships designed to allow the broadest access to the MBQ Summer Academy experience.

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