We are The Brandenburg Project, the only youth early music ensemble for middle and high schoolers in Michigan. We are a collection of young musicians who share the passion of expressing ourselves and connecting with each other through baroque music. We work through the Community Music School of Ann Arbor and we are directed by Kasia Bielak-Hoops. We have been very fortunate to receive guidance from professional early music musicians, such as violinist Rachel Barton Pine, baroque cellist René Schiffer, and Harpsichord professor at the University of Michigan Joseph Gascho. We strive to recreate this early music with our own interpretation while maintaining the integrity of the composers’ ideas. And we are the only youth ensemble to be invited by Early Music America to perform at the Young Performer's Festival in Bloomington, IN this May as part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival.
We need you help to get there! And we also need your help to go fully Baroque!
We have already made progress towards obtaining proper baroque instruments, such as a harpsichord (an early music keyboard instrument) and viola da gambas (an early music instrument that looks like modern counterpart: the cello - but is really differect). We have also adapted to standard baroque performance techniques, such as playing with a baroque tuning system, and using Baroque bows. In order to better capture what baroque composers envisioned in their compositions, we still need to replace the steel strings on our violins, violas, cellos, and other string instruments with gut strings, which was conventional in the baroque era.
We need to raise $4000 before April 31st. We would be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring us!
We are also performing concerts in the Ann Arbor area which you could attend and listen to us perform. CLICK HERE for details!
THANKS to our supporters that have helped us get this far: