Upcoming Workshop in Twin Cities

Sorrow to Joy

After two successful workshops in October 2018 and March 2019, BSM will hold a workshop led by BSM Associate Artistic Director Marco Real-d’Arbelles and soprano Jenny French on September 21st, 2019 from 10 am to 6 pm at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul.

Participants will rehearse alongside BSM professional artists and early music experts who will provide tips and tricks to sound more “baroque”. The day will culminate in a short concert of the workshop pieces alongside performances by BSM for friends and family!

Musical Selections

Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, BWV 12

(Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing)

Bleib bei uns, BWV 6

(Stay with us)

Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 180

(Adorn yourself, O dear soul)

Motet: Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230

(Praise the Lord, all nations)


Workshop Schedule
10:00 am, Registration
10:30 am – 11:30 am, Sectionals – Introduction to style
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, Lecture by Dr. Moira Hill*
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Lunch break
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Tutti rehearsal, sectionals as needed
5:00 pm, Performance

*Moira Hill: Bach scholar, Dr. Moira Hill is a Harvard, UMN, and Yale graduate. We are very thrilled to have her with us again for this upcoming workshop. She will share stories of Bach’s life, give participants a deeper understanding of the background and context, and to provide a more complete picture of the mythical musical genius.


BSM workshops are aimed at the many amateur musicians in our communities. It is a great opportunity to learn and perform on the stage alongside professionals. But above all, it is FUN! As one participant said:

“My kids said I was going to a music camp for adults. They were right. It was great fun!”

Registration fee: $25 (lunch included)

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Scholarships opportunities are available on a need-basis. Please feel free to email us for scholarship info, or any other questions at events@bachsocietymn.org.