Masterclass 2017

Masterclass will be held 23th July – 28th July 2017

Bookings and Applications

Masterclass 2017 tutors
Sun 23th – Fri 28th July 2017
At Karkku Evangelical College, Finland

Evelyn Tubb (vocal masterclass)
Michael Fields (course director, lute, lute songs, interpretation)
Anna-Maaria Oramo (cembalo continuo and coaching of singers)
Ansy Boothroyd (voice tuition)
Laila Cathleen Neuman (baroque gesture)
Corina Marti (recorder, mediaeval ensembles)
Michal Gondko (lute, mediaeval ensembles)
Roberto Balconi (voice tuition, vocal ensembles)
Roman Chlada (Gregorian Chant)

Early Music Masterclass

Karkku Evangelical College is situated 14 km north of the centre of Sastamala, by Lake Rautavesi 50 km from Tampere (nearest station KARKKU). Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with varied facilities for outdoor activities, the college offers a fascinating environment for studying.
The medieval stone St. Mary´s Church in Sastamala, venue for Sastamala Gregoriana concerts, lies 7,5 km from the school towards Vammala, the centre of Sastamala.

Please contact Karkun Evankelinen Opisto (KEO) for applications. (kesä- ja viikonloppukurssit)

See contact information below. Please contact course director Michael Fields ( if you have any questions or requests concerning the masterclass.

Experienced singers are welcome in Evelyn Tubb’s vocal masterclass and also in the other early music classes, including tuition from our other singing and instrumental tutors, and ensemble work. Instrumentalists (lute, viol, recorder, cembalo, etc.) are very welcome and should contact Michael Fields to discuss the possibilities for them. Less experienced singers are welcome to study with Ms Boothroyd and/or Mr. Balconi and may visit Evelyn Tubb’s masterclass as auditors. Please contact Michael Fields to discuss how the course could work for you.

Language of Instruction:
English (Finnish available with Anna-Maaria Oramo)

Place of Instruction:
Karkun evankelinen opisto, Mainiementie 50, 38100 Sastamala, Finland

Teaching starts during the morning of Sunday 23 July. You are welcome to arrive at the school on Saturday 22 when the first concert takes place. ( The course finishes with the masterclass concert on Friday 28 July.

750 €

The price includes
Tuition, photocopies of required music, full board and accommodation in double rooms from Sunday July 23th – Friday July 28th, concerts in the programme in Sastamala Church and St Olof’s Church, transport to concerts – and daily sauna.
The vocal course is suitable for advanced singers, vocal groups, church musicians and professional performers.

The content of course
The overall course is referred to as the Sastamala Gregoriana Early Music Masterclass, but it contains many overlapping modules, as described below.

The Evelyn Tubb Masterclass
Evelyn Tubb teaches a vocal masterclass which covers interpretation and characterisation of solo singing, as well as appropriate technical matters. Active participation in this is limited to 16 students, who will have 4 sessions with Ms Tubb during the week. These students are selected on a first-come, first served basis, as well as taking experience, qualifications and professional standing (or potential) into consideration. Those selected will prioritise this class, but are also welcome to take part in ensemble work, and have further individual coaching with the other tutors – as appropriate, in discussion with the course director. All students are welcome to attend as auditors.

Lute Song (including continuo songs appropriate to plucked accompaniment)
Michael Fields coaches singers in lute song and explores the background of the music from a historical and philosophical viewpoint in talks and workshop session. He gives workshops on acting and interpretation as well as daily tai-chi lessons.

Gregorian Chant and medieval choral singing
directed by Roman Chlada

Mediaeval vocal and instrumental ensemble
directed by Corina Marti and Michal Gondko