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Due to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s decision to suspend in-person courses, workshops, and conferences for summer term because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Madison Early Music Festival Workshop and Concert Series has been postponed. This extraordinary situation has affected all of us and we missed seeing you this summer. Updates will be posted on our website as they are available.

Registration for the 2020 Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF) is now closed. Continue reading for more important registration details:

  • Workshop Registration Fees – Workshop registration for the Madison Early Music Festival is $600 for the week. Fees include all instruction, a Concert and Lecture Series Pass, music for All-Festival Concert, the MEMF Dance event, and admittance to the Opening and Closing Night receptions. Full-time college students (18 years and older) may register for the workshop at a discounted registration fee of $475. Part-Time Registration (includes instructional fee and Concert Series Pass) are as follows: 1 class for $250, 2 classes for $350, and 3 classes for $450.
    • The registration fee of $50 is waived for all full-time participants who register before June 1.
    • Tuition is fully refundable (minus a $50 registration fee) before June 28.
  • Scholarship & Work Study OpportunitiesMEMF Participants are welcome to apply for a Work Study position and the Jean Humphrey Award Scholarship. If your application is approved, you may receive a partial tuition waiver, which includes access to all classes and an All-Festival Concert Pass for a registration fee of $250. All who apply should not make any registration payments until they have been notified of their award status. Applications for Work Study and the Jean Humphrey Award are now closed. Additional scholarships that may be of interest include:
    • Early Music America offers scholarships to full-time students. Deadline to apply is April 30. Visit their website for information and to apply.
    • The American Recorder Society offers scholarships to recorder players for weekend workshops as well as summer festivals. Applications are accepted at any time. Effort should be made to apply at least two months before funding is needed, or March 31 for summer festivals. Check online for application information.
    • The Viola da Gamba Society of America offers Grants-in-Aid to its members to attend workshops and masterclasses.
    • The Historical Keyboard Society of North America has established the Funaro Fund Award to support its members to offset the cost of traveling to an early keyboard event. Download the information on how to apply here.
  • Class Descriptions – Class descriptions will be available at a later date. Once registered, you will receive a follow up email with a Class Preference Form along with additional information you will need as a MEMF participant.
  • For information on parking, housing, location, and more, please visit our General Information page.