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Going Solo: Baroque Music for the Single Instrument (Recordings)

SG $90.00SG $180.00

Note: The live version of this course has recently concluded. You are purchasing recordings of the classes.

Whether in performance or teaching, we are all bound to come across solo music during the Baroque period, from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin, Cello Suites, Keyboard Suites and the Flute Partita, to Telemann’s Solo Fantasias for flute, violin and viol. In the context of today’s pandemic, solo repertoire has also become increasingly useful and convenient whether for digital content online, or for socially distanced live performances.

In this course, baroque specialist Alan Choo takes participants through the historical context of these pieces, and provides guidance on how to take a historically-informed approach toward understanding and performing these masterworks.

ALL instrumentalists are welcome, including those who perform transcriptions of Bach’s works (violists, bassists, percussionists, trumpeters, guitarists, etc.). Active participants also get the unique opportunity to workshop repertoire of their choice with Alan, co-concertmaster of the Grammy-winning Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and Founder of Red Dot Baroque.

Week 1

Presentation only
Situating solo instrumental music in the context of the Baroque Era
Solo music of Bach and Telemann: a historical background

A historically-informed approach
– Introduction to period instruments
– Baroque performance practice basics
– Contemporary treatises
– Stylistic developments and traits

Week 2

The sonata da chiesa Corelli’s Op. 5, ornamentation and links to Bach

(Priority for Sonatas 1-3 of the Bach violin solos)

Week 3

The dance suite
Individual dances and their characteristics

(Priority for Partitas 1-3 of the Bach violin solos, cello suites, flute partita, keyboard suites)

Week 4

The “fantasia” as a genre

(Priority for Telemann Fantasias for violin, viol, flute)

Week 5

Solo works by lesser-known composers: Gabrieli, Biber, Pisendel, Westhoff, Vilsmayr, Vitali, Geminiani
The keyboard tradition: Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Couperin, Rameau


Week 6

Masterclass only
Harmony; Tension & Release
Case studies

Singaporean violinist Alan Choo has established himself on the global stage as a leading soloist, chamber musician and historical specialist. He made his solo debut at the Tanglewood and Ravinia Music Festivals 2017 with Apollo’s Fire, the Grammy Award-winning baroque orchestra in the United States with which he currently serves as Artistic Leadership Fellow and takes on soloist, concertmaster and guest director roles. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of Red Dot Baroque, Singapore’s first professional period ensemble, which has enjoyed multiple sold-out concerts and critical acclaim since their formation in August 2018. In May 2019 he was invited as guest concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Camerata, and has conducted masterclasses and workshops at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace College, Bowling Green State University and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, his alma mater.

There will be a practical element each week where the instructor provides participants with case studies and musical examples to try out the topics covered. Active participants will have the opportunity to workshop a solo baroque piece of his/her choice with the instructor.


This course is supported under UTAP for 50% course fee support.

National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA) was formed by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to be the collective voice to support freelance coaches and instructors from sports, outdoor learning and adventure, visual and performing arts, fitness, wellness, and enrichment, to strengthen skills, standards and opportunities.

In supporting NICA members with skills deepening programmes at the Academy, NICA members enjoy lower course and conference fees through the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) which provides 50% subsidy of the balance unfunded course/conference fee, up to $250 or $500 (for NTUC union members aged 40 and above).*

If you wish to be part of a bigger voice for coaches and instructors, please sign up to be a NICA member at: (Note: to indicate ‘NICA’ under the field for Company Name). Find out more about NICA at: or

*This excludes miscellaneous fees such as GST and registration fee etc.

Here are some additional info regarding UTAP eligibility:

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  3. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  6. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

Please refer to the UTAP Application Guide for members to apply UTAP via the U-Portal. Should trainees have queries on the funding scheme, they can email to or call NTUC Membership Hotline at 6213-8008.