Education & Pre-Professional Training


“An unseen part of the extraordinary work that Jeannette Sorrell is doing with Apollo’s Fire – the mentoring of young people through music.”

Apollo’s Fire believes passionately in nurturing the next generation of music appreciators and professional early music performers.  The hallmark of all of AF’s educational programs is the close interaction between musicians and learners – the intimacy of the artistic learning experience. Read more about AF’s 4 types of education and outreach programs:

Apollo’s Musettes | Family Concerts | Music Workshops | Young Artist Apprentice Program

Apollo’s Musettes Ensemble –
Treble Youth Choir

musettesweb_smTalented young singers, age 11-17, are chosen by audition for their clear, pure voices and outstanding musicianship. The ensemble rehearses on a project basis under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell and Madeline Healey, and performs with the professional musicians of Apollo’s Fire in programs where children’s voices are appropriate for the repertoire.

Since its founding in 2005, the Musettes Ensemble has performed in nearly 30 concerts with Apollo’s Fire, including Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The Musettes appear on Apollo’s Fire’s acclaimed CD recording of the Christmas Vespers by Michael Praetorius, and have been heard across the country on national radio broadcasts of that program.

“The opportunity to work with a world-class conductor before you are out of high school, or in your early years of college, is amazing. To have the real-life experience of working with professional musicians is fantastic. It helps keep the rest of life in context.”

“I first got to sing with Apollo’s Fire when I was 16, and the experience opened up new horizons for me. It inspired me to pursue a career in music.”

Family Concerts –
Interactive Programs for Ages 6-96

“Sorrell proves that scholarship and fun aren’t mutually exclusive.”

Warning: audience members might learn to sing a fugue theme, dance the Menuet, or play a ground bass at the harpsichord! Impromptu quizzes and prizes abound! – as do opportunities to talk with the musicians and try playing the instruments. Click here for details on the Family Concerts!

Music Workshops

brecksville_family_harpsichordApollo’s Fire musicians have coached Northeast Ohio high school students regularly at the Rainey Institute, St. Ignatius High School, Painesville High School, and the Music School Settlement. On the national level, Jeannette Sorrell and AF principal players have coached high school and college students while on tour at Penn State University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Lakeside Chautauqua, Shenandoah Conservatory, and San Diego State University.

Brandenburg Bash in Brecksville

In October, AF was delighted to bring Brandenburg Concertos No. 2-6 to a large audience of teenagers and parents at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. Afterwards, kids and parents swarmed the stage to try the instruments and talk to the musicians. “This is not just cool,” said one teenager. “This is certifiably cool.”

Young Artist Apprentice Program

Madeline Apple Healey
Augusta McKay Lodge
Cynthia Black
violin & viola
David Ellis
cello & viola da gamba

Since 2002, Jeannette Sorrell and her principal players have helped to train future Apollo’s Fire musicians by working with advanced conservatory students, sharing Apollo’s Fire’s particular style and approach to baroque music.

The program developed out of Jeannette Sorrell’s desire to bridge the gap for talented students on the verge of professional careers. Having worked extensively with students in Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Orchestra, Sorrell observed that the most advanced baroque students reach a kind of plateau in their development.

“When I started leading the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra several years ago,” Sorrell said, “I realized that these students needed an experience that no conservatory can provide – the experience of being the only student in a string section where the other players all share a unified approach to style and intonation. Without this even the most talented students have to make an enormous leap to win a spot in a professional baroque orchestra – without really knowing what the guideposts are.”

Sorrell and her colleagues take turns coaching advanced students from the major conservatories – primarily Oberlin and the Cleveland Institute of Music. From there outstanding students are invited to audition for an apprentice position in the ensemble. Apprentices perform alongside the more seasoned musicians of AF, participating in touring, recording, and subscription concerts, as well as all aspects of the Education & Outreach Program. Apprentices are eligible to become full-fledged members of AF after two years of successful participation in the program.

novom_post_webFormer apprentices include violinists Johanna Novom, Adriane Post, Beth Wenstrom, Evan Few and Carrie Krause, cellist Rachel Henderson, and violist Karina Schmitz – all now professional period specialists.  Emerging AF Apprentices, at the start of their professional careers, include soprano Madeline Healey, violinist Augusta McKay Lodge, violist Cynthia Black, and cellist David Ellis. Not only does the program serve to shape the next generation of early music performers, but it also helps ensure that Apollo’s Fire maintains its highest standards of performance even when veteran players eventually become unavailable for free-lance work.

For further information on the Young Artist Apprentice Program, contact Allison Richards at 216.320.0012 or