The CWRU Historical Performance Practice program is one of the longest-established and most well-regarded programs of its kind in the USA, and offers rigorous academic study and advanced pre-professional and professional training to the next generation of leaders in the field of historic performance. Students are able to pursue academic classes with the renowned musicology faculty, and to take applied lessons with either our in-house performance faculty (Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin and dance; Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Peter Bennett, harpsichord; Francesca Brittan, fortepiano) or with Kulas visiting artists (such as Ellen Hargis, voice; Cathy Meintz, Rene Schiffer, cello/viola da gamba; Barry Baugess, trumpet). Students also have the opportunity to participate in the numerous early music ensembles available on campus (Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Chamber Ensembles, Early Music Singers, Collegium Musicum, Baroque Dance Ensemble) as well as masterclasses and concerts at outside venues such as the EMA events at BEMF and Berkeley Early Music Festival. The Kulas Instrument Collection (replicas of historical string, wind and keyboard instruments) is available for use by all members of the program.
The HPP program also collaborates with a number of other University Circle institutions. Students from the Cleveland Institute of Music are able to participate in the ensembles and to take classes at CWRU (through the Joint Music Program established in 1968) and to receive a Certificate in HPP, and both the Church of the Covenant and the Cleveland Museum of Art make their keyboard instruments and performance spaces available to the program: the Church of the Covenant has a new Richards and Fowkes organ after late 17th-century German instruments, and the CMA has a substantial collection of harpsichords and fortepianos that are available to keyboard students. The CMA also runs a monthly series of concerts in which HPP students frequently participate.