Potentiae Collegium Youth Early Music Ensemble

Age: 14-20 (exceptions may be made at the discretion of the ensemble's director)

Cost: 2023-2024 Full-year tuition $870 ($850 + $20 registration fee per year); 10% discount for Powers private lesson students

Audition Required

This program runs full-year. Students hoping to join the Potentiae Collegium Youth Early Music Ensemble for the 2023-2024 season will audition in-person. See audition details below!

This Early Music ensemble for teens will focus on two topics: 1) playing your string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) with replicas of historical bows and a rhetorical approach, and 2) the formation of a viol consort—learning to play a viol (Bass, Alto, Tenor, Treble Viola da Gamba) with our great collection of viols at Powers!

Potentiae Collegium is a conductor-less ensemble – the music director will lead the ensemble as a
leading player. This ensemble typically meets Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 pm, and is open to violins, viola, cello, bass, harpsichord, viols, harp, voice. Other instruments may be added upon approval of the director.

Repertoire we will study, discuss, and rehearse will range from around the XVI century into the first half of the XVIII century. You’ll learn some of the different music notation of those centuries, and read music scores from copies of manuscripts, facsimiles, and selected treatises. You’ll perform music from the perspective of historical performance practice— “thinking critically, reasoning independently, and collectively performing.”

Placement Auditions for the 2023-2024 Season!

Auditions will be held in-person at Powers on the dates below. To arrange your audition, please
email ensemble director Job Salazar Fonseca at studio@jobsalazarfonseca.com.

Audition Dates:

  • Sunday, May 28, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 13, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 10, 1:00-3:00 pm

Please prepare for your audition:

  • One slow and one fast movement of any piece that represents your best qualities as a performer from
    standard classical repertoire of your corresponding musical instrument.

Registration for accepted & continuing students

Use the class registration buttons below to access ASAP, our online registration site (you will be asked to create an account) and register. Your payment will include the $20 fall or spring registration fee and full tuition for the Potentiae Collegium Youth Early Music Ensemble program, unless a payment plan has been arranged.

Have you received financial aid or want to set up a payment plan? Please call the Registrar to make sure we have correctly processed your registration and any applicable changes in tuition.