General workshop and ticket information

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 15th year celebration. We are already looking forward to next year.

MEMF 2015 will run July 11 through July 18. Our theme is Slavic Discoveries: Early Music from Eastern Europe.

New information will become available in the spring of 2015. In the meantime we leave all 2014 information here for your reference.


Location — The Madison Early Music Festival takes place within the central campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison. Workshop classes are held at the UW-Madison School of Music, located in the Mosse Humanities Building, with 2014 concert venues at nearby Music Hall and Luther Memorial Church. Detailed maps will be mailed to all who register.

Transportation — Madison is served by the Dane County Regional Airport and most major airlines. By car, Madison is approximately 70 minutes from Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport and 2-1/2 hours from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Quality bus service is provided from both airports directly to the UW-Madison campus near the workshop site.
From the Milwaukee airport:  Visit for the Badger Coaches bus schedule to and from Mitchell International Airport to Madison Memorial Union.
From Chicago O'Hare:  Visit for the Van Galder (Coach USA) bus schedule to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Madison Memorial Union. 

Housing — Campus housing is available in Chadbourne Hall, a newly renovated dormitory facility just across the street from the workshop site. Single rooms are $55.73 per person per night and double rooms are $37.78 per person per night (includes breakfast). Reservations are due by June 20th to assure availability. Amenity and online reservation information is available at Additionally, there are several hotels available near the workshop site; a list will be supplied upon request (see Registration Form).

Weekend Hotel Package — Are you an out-of-towner able to attend only some of the MEMF concerts? We have packages which include 2 concerts and 2 nights’ lodging at Madison’s downtown Concourse Hotel ($139/night) and reduced ticket prices ($15/concert). Package 1 includes concerts on Saturday 7/12 (Toronto Consort) and Sunday 7/13 (LIBER). Package 2 includes concerts on Friday 7/18 (Trefoil) and Saturday 7/19 (All-Festival Concert). Transportation to and from the concert and a bonus MEMF 10th Season poster are included. Contact Chelcy Bowles at or 608-265-5629 for more information.

Meals — Madison is known for its excellent restaurant scene, and the workshop site is very close to some of its best casual, fast food, and fine dining restaurants. Those housed in Chadbourne Hall will receive breakfast in the Chadbourne dining room as part of the housing package. Breakfast tickets for non-residents may be purchased from the MEMF office ($6.00). There are refrigerators in the dormitory rooms.

Parking — A campus parking permit may be purchased directly from the UW–Madison Transportation Office for $12 per day. Hourly parking is also available in a nearby City of Madison ramp, but not for overnight parking. Parking permits must be reserved by June 28. View/download the parking registration application»

Instruments Participants are expected to bring their own instruments. A few historical reproductions may be available for rental ($75 for the week). If you wish to rent an instrument, indicate so on the Registration Form. Instruments must be requested by June 1. Contact Paul Rowe at 608-263-1924 or with questions about instrument availability. All-Festival concert pitch is A=440.

Concert Tickets and Workshop Fees

Concert Tickets — Week-long All Festival Concert Passes and individual concert tickets may be purchased at the door** (starting at 5pm on Saturday 7/12; 6pm on all other days) or in advance online; at the Vilas Hall Box Office (821 University Ave.); at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office (Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St.); or by calling 608-265-ARTS (2787). Tickets for individual concerts are $20 (students $17). The All Festival Concert Pass ($75) includes admission to all 5 evening concerts throughout the week. All MEMF Concert Series concerts and lectures are free for participants in the MEMF Workshop. (**Due to the inability to process credit cards in the 2014 concert venues, please be prepared to purchase tickets at the door with cash or check; advance tickets may be purchased with a credit card or check.)

Workshop Registration Fees — Early-bird registration fee for the 8-day workshop (including all concerts and social events) is $525 by June 1. Thereafter the registration fee is $550. Full-time college students may register for the workshop at a discounted registration fee of $425 ($450 after June 1); proof of full-time status must accompany Registration Form (note that workshop classes are open to participants ages 18 and above). A $75 nonrefundable deposit is required to secure registration, with the balance due upon arrival. Additional fees may include Festival music purchase and optional instrument rental fees, all payable by cash or check upon arrival. Please note that housing fees and optional credit fees are not to be paid at time of registration.

Work Study Opportunities — MEMF offers a limited number of work-study opportunities for college students in exchange for a further-reduced registration fee. Contact Chelcy Bowles at 608-265-5629 or for an application. Applications must be received by April 1. Download the Student Staff Application»

Past Participant Bring-A-Friend Discount — Past participants may take advantage of the “Bring-a-Friend” discount if someone who has never attended MEMF comes to the 2014 workshop at your encouragement. The sponsor and new participant each register for the full workshop for only $425 each ($450 after June 1). Please note that only 1 Bring-a-Friend discount is allowed per participant. Also, if your friend does not register, you will be responsible for the remaining $100 of your registration fee upon arrival at the Festival. This offer is available only to full Festival participants and may not be used in combination with any other special discounts.

Academic Credit and Continuing Education Units — Full participants in the Festival Workshop automatically earn 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at no charge. Participants may earn 1-2 academic credit(s) by completing the University of Wisconsin Special and Guest Student application process and paying the appropriate fee (approx. $485 per credit) in addition to the Workshop registration fee. Please note that credit registration and fee payment are separate procedures from Workshop registration. If you are interested in earning credit, mark the appropriate space on the Registration Form, and detailed credit information, requirements, and registration materials will be mailed to you.