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The Master Class was established in the early 1980s by the friends and family of Virginia Best Adams, a longtime Festival friend and patron, and wife of photographer Ansel Adams.

The Adams Vocal Fellowship has become a very popular series of events at the Festival. The six Master Class sessions take place in the beautiful modern sanctuary of the Carmel Presbyterian Church, an airy, intimate, acoustically splendid room. All six sessions are open free to the public and attract responsive and loyal listeners (average audience 100-150). We use piano accompaniment for the six working sessions, although solo obbligati players from the orchestra sometimes join us when available.

The Showcase Concert on Saturday, August 6, at 2:00pm, is accompanied by members of the Festival Orchestra (strings, woodwinds, continuo). The showcase concerts in recent years have included arias and ensembles by J. S. Bach, Handel, Rameau, Telemann.

The Master Classes are intended to be an enjoyable and enlightening event for everyone involved: a learning experience for the singers and the teaching artists, and an insightful experience for the general public. Within the overall Baroque framework, we work on developing style, interpretation, self-expression, self-awareness, and the art of singing onstage.

The four participants also have the opportunity to coach privately with all Festival soloists. Career counseling/mentoring with Festival artists is also an integral part of this program during and after the actual summer residency. We maintain an ongoing interest in the participants long after the actual summer Festival.

Although there is no official policy on this, Master Class participants are often reengaged by the Festival. At least two Adams Master Class alumni have appeared as Chorale soloists and featured soloists in every Festival season since 1994.

About the Ticket Supplier: Carmel Bach Festival

To celebrate the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his contemporaries and musical heirs.

The Carmel Bach Festival began in 1935 as a three-day festival of concerts at the Sunset School Auditorium and the Carmel Mission Basilica. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Festival. Both women were musical producers, owners of the influential Dene-Watrous Gallery and well-known for their efforts in enhancing the cultural life of the Monterey Peninsula.

From the beginning, the founders declared their intention to produce an annual event – a goal that they achieved with the exception of a three-year gap during World War II. The 1930s were not a time when grants and government sponsorship of the arts was commonplace, therefore, Denny and Watrous made up the financial shortfalls of the Festival. In doing so they began a tradition of private financial support that has sustained the Festival to this day and helped it grow.