Early Music Academy Boston is dedicated to exploring our great heritage of Renaissance choral music and developing a performance style appropriate to it. We work on concert and service repertoire in a variety of small and medium sized groups and the week’s activities culminate in a Gala Concert.

The course this year will be taking place at Saint John’s Seminary in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. Activities are based around the chapel, located on the seminary’s campus across the street from Boston College.

We welcome applicants aged 18 and over with good sight-reading skills.


The major work to be explored for the second Early Music Academy Boston will be the Victoria Requiem.  Motets by Guerrero, Vivanco, and Padilla round out the repertoire list.

On Wednesday, participants will have several hours of free time to explore Boston before meeting up later in the afternoon to sing a short informal concert at Trinity Church Boston, located on Copley Square. Following the concert, dinner is on your own; join others who share your taste in cuisine and dine at one of Boston’s fabulous restaurants, such as Durgin Park, The Oyster House, the original Cheers bar, historic pubs, or any of the outstanding Italian restaurants in the North End. The possibilities are endless.

We are happy to announce that Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul's Cathedral & director of Cardinall’s Musick, will be joining us for the week.
We hope you will be able to come and enjoy a wealth of beautiful music.
Why not bring a friend or if you have an existing group, come together and work through some of your repertoire with expert coaching on hand.
We look forward to working with you.

Janet Coxwell and David Woodcock
EMA Directors


Boston College dormitory

 We will allocate you a single room at Boston College accommodation, unless we are otherwise advised.

Each spacious bedroom contains two twin beds.  Again, please let us know if you wish to share a bedroom with someone; otherwise you will have a bedroom to yourself.  The dorms are air-conditioned.

There are a limited number of private rooms available at Cheverus House, a residence owned by the seminary.  These will be allocated after the rooms in the Boston College building have been completely assigned.

Free parking is available in a designated lot at Saint John’s Seminary.

There will be wi-fi available in some of the school buildings.


The course fees include all tuition and activities, full board at the Saint John’s Seminary refectory (with the exception of the Wednesday excursion day), and accommodation at Boston College. We also offer non-residential/commuter rates.

Please see Apply page for the fee structure.

Please note, reduced fees for students are for those in full time education only, with proof of eligibility if required.

Terms and Conditions

Confirmation of bookings  are subject to payment of a non-refundable deposit of $400 US for students (commuter or accommodation) and commuters, and $800 for non-students requiring accommodation.  Deposit is due upon confirmation of your acceptance in the course.  The balance of fees is payable by June 1, 2018.  

Cancellation 30-60 days before arrival will be refunded 50% of the total fee.

No refund will be given for a cancellation less than 30 days before arrival.

Receipt of your application form will be regarded as your full acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

Payment methods

Our preferred method of payment would be by check in US Dollars made payable to Early Music Academy Boston and mailed to our office address at Early Music Academy Boston, c/o St John's Seminary Music Office, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135.

Transfer of funds is also available through www.popmoney.com, which works similar to PayPal.  Once you set up your own account, transfer funds to Early Music Academy Boston at office@earlymusicacademyboston.org.