International Masterclass 2019

Masterclass is hold annually during the festival

Masterclass 2019

Masterclass is a meeting point for early music students, professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Masterclass will be held 21st July - 26th July 2019, at Karkku College for home economics and social services
Address: Tulluntie 30
38100 Sastamala, Finland

Masterclass 2019 tutors
Evelyn Tubb (vocal masterclass)
Michael Fields (course director, lute, lute songs, interpretation)
Ansy Boothroyd (voice tuition)
Laila Cathleen Neuman (baroque gesture)
Corina Marti (recorder, cembalo, mediaeval ensemble)
Michal Gondko (baroque lute, mediaeval ensemble
Roberto Balconi (voice tuition, vocal ensembles)

Early Music Masterclass
Karkku college for home economics and social services is situated 14 km north of the centre of Sastamala, close by Lake Rautavesi and 50 km from Tampere (nearest railway station KARKKU). Surrounded by beautiful countryside the college offers a fascinating environment for studying. The medieval stone churches, venues for Sastamala Gregoriana concerts, lie 7,5-10 km from the school towards Vammala, the centre of Sastamala.

Please contact Karkun evankelinen opisto (KEO) for applications.
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:

Teaching starts during the morning of Sunday 21 July. The course finishes with the masterclass concert on Friday 26 July. You are welcome to arrive at the school on Saturday 20 when the first concert takes place. (

795 euro
65 euro in case you will arrive on Saturday (20 July)
65 euro for additional night Friday-Saturday (26-27 July)

The price includes
Tuition, photocopies of required music, full board and accommodation in single rooms in a four bed-room "cabins" from Sunday July 21th - Friday July 26th, concerts in the programme in Sastamala Church and St Olof´s Church, transport to concerts. Finnish lakeside sauna is also for use some evenings.

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.

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

Baroque gesture - with Laila Cathleen Neuman