Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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Sequentia celebrates its 40th anniversary in March 2017




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In association for
Season 2016-2017 with:

Jon Aaron
Aaron Concert Artists 
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New York City 10039, NY / USA
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Study with Sequentia

Since 1979 the members of Sequentia have taught hundreds of courses in medieval music performance, including summer music academies, workshops and masterclasses all over the world. Of the many young musicians who have attended these courses, a large number have gone on to professional careers in medieval music performance, and several of these have become members of the extended Sequentia performing ensemble.

Since 2005 Sequentia’s co-founder and director, Benjamin Bagby, has taught at the University of Paris, Sorbonne, in the context of the Master’s program in medieval music performance practice which he directs together with Katarina Livljanic, director of the medieval music ensemble Dialogos.

Final auditions for the 2015-16 academic year will be held in Paris in late May or Final auditions for the 2017-18  academic year will be held in Paris in late May or early June 2017. A limited number of places are available for this exclusive and highly demanding course of study. Information on the 2016-17 program (Mr. Bagby's final year as a teacher in the program).

Mr. Bagby also gives advanced private coaching and lessons to highly-motivated young professionals and ensembles.

See the teaching sessions photo album

Workshops and Courses

Benjamin Bagby will be teaching performance courses on medieval song at two music academies in 2016-17:

31 October to 1 November 2016 and 13-14 March 2017

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland).

2-3 December 2016 and 16-18 February 2017

Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado (Milano, Italy)

In addition, he will be giving one-day workshops or masterclasses at Princeton University, Yale University, the Nordic Harp Meeting (Copenhagen), and at the Fondazione Cini in Venice (9-13 October 2017).

Previous Workshops and Courses

27 July-7 August 2015

Vancouver Early Music Festival (with Norbert Rodenkirchen and Wolodymyr Smishkewych).

13-15 April 2015

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland). Workshop on pieces from the 'Roman de Fauvel' (13-14th centuries).

13-14 April 2013

Boston University Early Music Center (with Katarina Livljanic): The Medieval Singer's Art: an Introduction to Liturgical Chant and Vernacular and Latin Song, from the 9th-13th Centuries

10-16 June 2013

Fondation Royaumont (F) (with Katarina Livljanic), details forthcoming

29 July-9 August 2013

Vancouver Early Music Festival (with Norbert Rodenkirchen and Wolodymyr Smishkewych), details forthcoming

28 July to 9 August 2012

Intensive summer course in medieval music performance Early Music Vancouver (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

June 2012

Lecture demonstration as part of Montreal Baroque Festival

May 2012

1-day performance-practice workshop in Moscow (Russia)

May 2012

2-day course on Codex Las Huelgas and Aquitanian Polyphony, given at Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen-Werden, Germany

February-March 2012

Teaching, coaching and lecturing during USA concert tour:

• Georgetown Univ. (Washington DC)
• Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA)
• Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)

February 2012

2-day course at University of Limerick, Ireland

Upcoming Concerts

17 March 2017
Basel (CH) Predigerkirche, Freunde Alte Musik
Monks Singing Pagans

25 March – 2 April 2017
Lafayette College, Vassar College, Princeton University, Yale University
Benjamin Bagby Beowulf tour USA

1 April 2017
New York City, Symphony Space
Book release event for ‘The Inquisitor’s Tale’

11 May 2017
Paris, Université de Paris – Sorbonne, Amphithéâtre Richelieu

See full concert schedule




Benjamin Bagby has recorded the only surviving Old High German epic fragment, the Hildebrandslied (The Song of Hildebrand), for inclusion in an audiobook version of Adam Gidwitz’s new book for children and young adults, The Inquisitor’s Tale, just released by Penguin/Random House. He also recorded harp accompaniments to go with portions of the reading of the story. A release event is being schedule for New York City in early April, 2017.


New program given birth at Cambridge University

Following working sessions in 2014-15 with University of Cambridge musicologist Sam Barrett in the USA (Harvard University and Ohio State University) and in Cambridge (Pembroke College), Sequentia was in residence at Cambridge in April for the final rehearsals of the new program 'Monks Singing Pagans'.  An informal video of a rehearsal made by the university became a YouTube sensation, with over 500,000 views. In addition to their rehearsals and working sessions on the songs of Boethius, Sequentia gave a masterclass and the premiere performance of 'Monks Singing Pagans', immediately followed by the US premiere during a residency at Dartmouth College (USA). The week spent at Dartmouth included teaching activities in music history, performance practice, Latin poetry and manuscript studies. Sequentia returned to Cambridge in late June to prepare a special program of the Boethian songs, which was given as part of a symposium on medieval Latin song, with a special concert on 2 July in Pembroke College Chapel.


Teaching in Basel and Milano

Benjamin Bagby will be teaching performance courses on medieval song at two music academies this year:

Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel, Switzerland): 31 October to 1 November 2016 and 13-14 March 2017

Scuola Civica di Musica Claudio Abbado (Milano, Italy): 2-3 December 2016 and 16-18 February 2017


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