Baroque and Classical Academy

July 1–27, 2024 | Apply by February 15

About the Baroque & Classical Academy

The Baroque & Classical Academy provides training from internationally acclaimed Bach Festival musicians and learning opportunities at the Carmel Bach Festival. BCA musicians have a full rehearsal schedule, including guided sessions with mentors, in preparation for the Baroque & Classical Academy Quartet Showcase Concert. Throughout July, BCA musicians learn how to curate programs, create socially conscious programs, develop audiences, build donor relationships, and more. Musicians attend educational workshops with Festival musician mentors, film composers, board members, and others to learn skills to help them succeed as professional classical musicians.

The quartet also enriches the traditional Carmel Bach Festival community by offering free public masterclasses and performing a Showcase Concert featuring a program curated by the BCA musicians with guidance from Festival mentors.

"The affirmations I got from some of my musical heroes about my playing and growth jumpstarted my desire to pursue historical performance more seriously. I've hit the ground running since July and have no plans to stop anytime soon."

— Epongue Ekille

Information for Applicants

The Carmel Bach Festival is delighted to invite musicians to apply for its annual Baroque & Classical Academy. This program is for advanced string players. The Festival is also interested in pre-formed groups and encourages musicians to apply as a string quartet.

Four outstanding string musicians (2 violins, viola, cello) will—

  • participate in a series of public masterclasses in style and interpretation.
  • receive private lessons, chamber music coaching, and mentoring from Festival musicians.
  • be featured in a Showcase Concert
  • study and work for a month with internationally acclaimed Bach Festival musicians in one of the most scenic areas in the world.
  • receive a stipend, round-trip airfare (within North America), and housing.


Applicants should participate in or have a graduate or undergraduate degree in performance.

How to Apply

There is no application fee, and no special application form is necessary. The deadline to submit your materials via email to or submit them online is Thursday, February 15, 2024.

  • Audio selections (provided electronically): Three contrasting audio selections, one movement of solo Bach, one other Baroque piece, and a piece from the classical era. The Baroque pieces should be performed on gut strings and at 415 [Mp3 or video file].
  • Résumé and photo, and general repertoire list: Please be sure to include professional ensemble experience in your resume.
  • Letter of interest - Include your artistic goals, your interest in outreach in your own local communities, as well as your interest in the academy program.
  • At least one letter (or email) of recommendation from music professional(s) other than your teacher.

For pre-formed string quartets – see regular admission details PLUS provide a recording of two contrasting movements of a Haydn String Quartet.

Please send all application material to:
Edwin Huizinga, Director
If you have questions, please contact Edwin directly

voice/text: 646.808.7371

The application deadline for the third annual Baroque & Classical Academy is Thursday, February 15, 2024. 


The Carmel Bach Festival regrets it is unable to assist in obtaining work visas for non-US citizens.

"Being surrounded by such incredible and knowledgeable musicians gave us a month of limitless possibilities in our search for historical performance playing."
— Jimmy Drancsak

About the Academy Director, Edwin Huizinga

The Academy is directed by violinist Edwin Huizinga, who is a member of the Festival Artistic Leadership Team. Huizinga began studying Baroque violin with Marylin McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and then went on to become San Francisco Conservatory’s Baroque Performance assistant, while earning a master’s degree under Corey Jameson. Edwin has toured extensively with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Wallfisch Band, led by Elizabeth Wallfisch, Apollo’s Fire, and Brandywine Baroque. He was also part of legendary harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt’s last public performance tours before he retired. Huizinga has also been invited as a guest artist to the Amsterdam Conservatory, under the tutelage of Lucy Van Dael, and worked with Vera Beths, Anner Bylsma, Stanley Ritchie, and Elizabeth Blumenstock in masterclasses, workshops, and concert performances. Edwin is a founding member of international touring ensembles ACRONYM and Fire & Grace, the Artistic Director of the Sweetwater Music Festival, and artistic team member of the Big Sur Fiddle Camp.


     "Fifteen years ago while I was at the Oberlin Conservatory, I was approached by Elizabeth Wallfisch to be part of the Carmel Bach Festival, and that ended up being an incredibly influential invitation. Now, as we launch a new program, the Baroque & Classical Academy, my Carmel Bach Festival colleagues and I hope to encourage the next generation. We have an unbelievable offering in Carmel with the Festival — world class artists and incredible music in one of the most gorgeous places in the world. Now we are going to be able to teach, inform, guide, and inspire four musicians every summer through this new Academy. I hope you will consider this opportunity, and I really look forward to working with some of you soon!"
     --  Edwin Huizinga