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Editing a score: how to edit music as a performer?

April 24 to 26, 2024 in Thiré, Vendée

Once the sole preserve of publishers, sheet music editing is now accessible to performers, thanks to the online availability of musical sources by major heritage libraries, and the relay provided by sites such as IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project). Quality editing presupposes a rigorous methodology. These three days are aimed primarily at performers who, during their training, have generally not had the opportunity to acquire an overview of the rules to follow when editing a piece of music: where to look for sources, how to classify and prioritize them? How to establish a musical text and make coherent editorial choices? How to produce a critical or practical edition?

Where and when? 

April 24, 25 and 26, 2024 (arrival on April 23 avril in the evening) at the Quartier des Artistes in Thiré (Vendée), an exceptional heritage site combining the beauty of the gardens and the pleasures of music, home of the Festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie

Learning goals

To acquire as much autonomy as possible in editing a piece of music, by mastering the tools of research and learning to develop a methodology. The schedule will alternate group work sessions on theoretical notions and practical sessions on musical works proposed by the participants.

Course and prerequisites

In addition to the essential notions and techniques to be acquired, work during the masterclass will focus on the participants' own editing projects. The question of music engraving will be addressed, but as a tool and not as the object of the masterclass.

A good knowledge of written English is recommended - most musicological literature is now written in English - as well as notions of the other languages used in music (Italian, German, French).

At the end of the masterclass, participants will be invited to share the results of their work with teachers and students from local music schools.

Limited to 6-7 participants maximum.

How to apply?  

Please complete the online form (HERE)

Via this form, singers wishing to participate must send us:

  • A résumé

  • A cover letter

  • Propose one or (preferably) several publishing projects of musical pieces from the 16th to the 18th century, whether vocal or instrumental, for any type of ensemble.

Application deadline: March 10, 2024

For further information, please send an e-mail to

Participation fee

Participation fee of €400, including tuition, accommodation in a single room, meals and transfers from the nearest train station.