Classical Improvisation for Classical Musicians

Join us this summer for a nourishing musical and intellectual journey on the Linfield College campus in beautiful McMinnville, Oregon!  We will celebrate the fourth annual Classical Music on the Spot institute--an ideal improvisation course for pianists, historical keyboard players, musicologists, theorists, and those with an affinity for eighteenth-century music.   

2018 dates are July 15-21.


About the Festival

Classical Music on the Spot is weeklong workshop that enables participants to develop their improvisation skills and deepen their understanding of the galant and high classical styles.  Our approach draws together historical approaches including figured bass treatises, Italian partimento, and modern research including Robert Gjerdingen’s galant schemata, music theory pedagogy, and music cognition.  Analysis and listening activities complement our practical improvisation work, and daily seminar topics include historical performance practice, musicological research, historical instruments, rhetoric, and more.

Have you always wanted to learn to improvise in the classical style?  Or are you already comfortable with realizing figured bass and want to take your performance and knowledge to the next stage?  Classical Music on the Spot meets students' needs at a variety of levels.

Johnandrew Slominski, Founder and Director

Our Faculty

Johnandrew Slominski and Edoardo Bellotti are recognized experts in the areas of classical improvisation, baroque music, and more.  As concert artists, pedagogues, and researchers, they combine their complementary skills to offer participants engaging lectures, one-on-one lessons, and a wealth of information for a lifetime of improvisation.

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“I don't know how the course could have been improved, except to be longer! It is a great opportunity to study this material with the true, expert teachers."

student participant, 2017