Ensemble for Medieval Music. Benjamin Bagby, Director

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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

22 August 2024
Brauweiler, Germany (Abteikirche St. Nikolaus Brauweiler), 7.30 pm
Musen der Sphären (World Premiere)

24 October 2024
Prague, University of Prague (Boethius 150th anniversary)
Boethius - Songs of Consolation (Quartet)

14 February 2025
Kulturzentrum Peterskirche, Kempen
Musen der Sphären

See full concert schedule



Benjamin Bagby's teaching activities in 2019

In March 2019, Benjamin will give two weekend courses on the solo songs of Philippe le Chancelier (d. 1236). The courses are being hosted by the Centre de Musique Médiévale de Paris. Dates: 9-10 and 30-31 March.
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After retiring from his teaching position at the University of Paris - Sorbonne, where he taught between 2005 and 2018 in the professional masters program, Benjamin Bagby continues to travel widely in 2019 to teach practical workshops for young professionals:

Folkwang Universität der Künste (Essen-Werden, Germany).
Benjamin has joined the faculty of this renowned masters program for liturgical chant performance and medieval music. The dates of his courses in 2019: 5-7 April; 26-28 April; 17-19 May; 30 May–01 June.
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For the second year in a row, Benjamin will teach an intensive course in the 8th International Course on Medieval Music Performance (Besalú, Spain): Songs of the troubadours (for singers and instrumentalists).
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Amherst Early Music Festival (Connecticut College, New London CT) 21-28 July:
An intensive course on the solo cansos of the Occitan troubadours, with a focus on songs from the great Milan songbook Bibl. Ambr. R71 sup. (for singers and instrumentalists).
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