Summer Workshop Scholarship Reflection: Gemma Goday

Gemma Goday Diaz Corralejo, baroque flute
2017 Berwick Academy

This summer was intense, but also very inspiring. I don’t have the words to thank the support received by Early Music America with its scholarship to attend the Berwick Academy, held during the Oregon Bach Festival. It’s an experience I would recommend to every young Baroque player.

It was three weeks of intense playing: three very challenging different programs (one per week) with three different conductors and concertinos. We had to be flexible to adapt to the style of each leader, but it was tremendously nourishing and inspiring. Different ways to work, different points of view, different temperaments and characters; but all of it about music and performance. What else could we ask for?

We could attend the concerts at the festival meanwhile we were there; but, the most important, we had the opportunity to meet the musicians. We also worked repertoire with the faculty, through lessons and masterclasses. Three very busy weeks, but very engaging, stimulating and rewarding. I improved my playing, gained experience in orchestra, and, most of all, made new friends playing music.

Gemma Goday is a 2017 EMA Summer Workshop Scholarship recipient. Early Music America offers scholarships annually to students at all levels of experience to support attendance at early music workshops in the United States and Canada. EMA scholarships and grants are funded through membership dues and the support of generous donors.

Learn more on our Summer Workshop Scholarship page.

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