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Summer Baroque Institute

Juilliard Alumni launch a spectacular new Baroque Ensemble on the West Coast!

Dear Friends,

We are a group of twelve professional musicians who proudly call The Juilliard School our alma mater. Please allow us to introduce to you Musical Oratory, our new Baroque Ensemble on the West Coast!

The Musical Oratory Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Escondido, California—an ideal location that allows us to serve a large and vibrant community. We are dedicated to the dissemination of the European Art Music tradition through high quality chamber music concerts, operatic performances, recitals, in-depth lectures, and innovative lecture-performances throughout the Southern California region and beyond.

Among us we count some of the best and brightest recent graduates of Juilliard's acclaimed Historical Performance Program, as well as numerous established alumni: UCSD, UCSB, and NYU faculty, a section chair of the San Diego Symphony, and several highly decorated pioneers in the field of Historical Performance who have graciously offered to concertize with us on a regular basis—a distinct honor indeed!

We are passionate about Community Outreach. Musicians of our Ensemble together with music theorist Dr. Elisabeth K. Pace regularly present concert-lectures on a variety of unique topics. And we just launched an expanded bimonthly "Baroque Dance of The Month Club" series of master-classes at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido. This is a delightful project we started back in January in collaboration with the renowned New York Baroque Dance Company; it has rapidly gained popularity among people of all ages, including seniors.

For this summer we are planning a new project that is in need of modest funding. The project pertains to an incredible invitation we received to collaborate with noted harpsichordist-conductor James Richman. We are to provide musical support for Catherine Turocy's dancers during The New York Baroque Dance Company's sojourn in Southern California—their annual Baroque Dance Workshop on the campus of the University of California in Santa Barbara. Our group is invited to become a true partner in this extraordinary summer institution; by playing in classes, presenting a collaborative concert of Baroque music and dance, and offering a parallel Baroque Music Workshop.

Over the next few days we need to reach our fundraising goal of twelve thousand dollars for this worthy project to take off. We would be particularly grateful if you or your representative would be willing to contact us, so that we may further introduce our organization, our immediate plans, and aspirations for the future. No individual gift is too small. Corporate sponsorships are particularly welcome.

Please make a tax deductible contribution securely online through PayPal,

Or send us your gift by mail to:
The Musical Oratory Foundation
PO Box 1305
Escondido, CA 92033

For corporate sponsorships, please contact: or 

Musical Oratory is going places! Please help us get there.

Sincerely yours,

Elisabeth K. Pace and Jean Weng

Elisabeth Kotzakidou Pace, Ph.D.
Founder and General Director,
The Musical Oratory Foundation

P.O. Box 1305
Escondido, CA 92033
(858) 414-1760
Jean Weng, Esq.
Co-Founder and Secretary,
The Musical Oratory Foundation

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