Master Classes

Master Classes and Workshops are the heart of the weekend, and will be unique in that ALL those interested in participating will be welcome to do so. Similar to master classes, participants can count on robust and engaging conversations both with words and music about the history of the dance movements assembled into suites, and sharing information about current performance practice as it relates to the harpsichord.

Since Suites make up a major portion of harpsichord literature they are an essential component to understanding and enjoyment of the harpsichord itself – both historically and within the contemporary realm. While there is no call for academic papers, it will be expected that performers at all levels of experience and study come prepared to contribute knowledge and insight to their performances.

Workshop sessions will each be approximately 3 hours, and the instructors, from among the performers, will introduce the material and facilitate the performances of the attendees – allowing those performances to be of value to all, from the professional to the student harpsichordist. These sessions offer the opportunity to observe, question, advance ideas, review and revise knowledge, and to give and get feedback on performances.


The cost for “The Suite Life” is $225.00, and includes all three sessions, concerts and, closing luncheon. Those not wishing to register for the entire weekend may take Individual Sessions at $60.00. Registration may be done on-line, or by mail. In both cases, a check, made out to Desert Baroque must be sent by mail to:

Desert Baroque
PO Box 1086
Desert Hot Springs, CA, 92240

Master Class/Workshop Schedule

Friday, January 20, 2017
Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Parish Hall
125 W. El Alameda, Palm Springs, CA

1:30 pm, Registration and Introductions
2:00 pm, Class begins: Allemande/Courante, with Gilbert Martinez
7:00 pm, Evening Recital – Gilbert Martinez, Same location

Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Hope Center, Hope Lutheran Church
45900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA

2:00 pm, Class begins: Sarabande/Gigue, with Sonia Lee
7:00 pm, Evening Concert – Multiple Harpsichord Concerti, J.S. Bach; The Hope Center

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Private home
9395 Calle Barranca, Desert Hot Springs, CA

10:00 am, Class begins: Minuet, Gavotte, Bourrée and other dances, with Webb Wiggins
1:00 pm, Luncheon for participants and artists
4:00 pm, Afternoon Concert: Elaine Funaro and assisting musicians
Christ Lutheran Church, 64565 Pierson Blvd, Desert Hot Springs, CA

Desert Baroque “The Suite Life” is partly supported by the Western Early Keyboard Association (WEKA), Initial inquiries can be sent to