a Baroque-style artistic and intellectual community

The Academy of Sacred Drama is a society of amateur and professional musicians, writers, and artists and their advocates who explore history, music, and culture through the philosophical and storytelling lens of Baroque-era sacred dramatic music.

The Academy is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and is federally recognized as a tax exempt public charity under IRC Section 501 (c) (3). Donations are tax deductible.

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Oratorio Readings

Through Oratorio Readings, the Academy presents dramatic compositions for voices and Baroque-era instruments featuring stories from Scripture and the lives of the saints as imagined through seventeenth and eighteenth century perspectives. Like an eighteenth-century salon or the academies of Baroque Rome, Oratorio Readings provide a space for ideas and friendships to grow. Oratorio Readings are ticketed public events with exclusive member components.

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Academy Journal

Liturgical Time Machine: Ensemble Origo Performs Luther’s Deutsche Messe

By Christopher Browner September 16th, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan For an hour or so on a balmy September evening, Hartford-based early-music group Ensemble Origo transported a small but excited audience to September 14, 1530, the Feast of the Holy Cross. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the group …

Review: New York Baroque Incorporated Presents Aliotti’s Santa Rosalia

By Christopher Browner June 1st, Trinity Church, Manhattan There was a palpable sense of anticipation inside Manhattan’s historic Trinity Church as audiences arrived to hear New York Baroque Incorporated’s (NYBI) premiere of a new edition of the resurrected oratorio Santa Rosalia by Italian organist and composer Bonaventura Aliotti. Originally written in 1687 for a festival celebrating Saint Rosalia, …

Academy Players

The Academy Players are musical ambassadors for the Academy of Sacred Drama. Founded at The Juilliard School and reestablished through the Academy of Sacred Drama, the ensemble participated in the Academy’s first Oratorio Reading of Charpentier’s Mors Saülis et Jonathae in its inaugural year as well as performing instrumental music at Juilliard at Aiken and in prestigious NYC venues such as the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Miller Theater at Columbia University, and the MET Museum. 2016-2017 performances featured French and Italian trio sonatas in New York and Minnesota.

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Become a Member

Baroque-era academies brought together professional artists of various disciplines as well as noble patrons to collectively explore issues of literary and musical taste and to participate in coordinated creations of art and music. The Academy of Sacred Drama continues this tradition by uniting the efforts of amateurs and professionals in the exploration of largely forgotten Baroque-era oratorios. Professionals, amateurs, and supporters of the arts are invited to become members.

Membership Rates (Aug 2017—Dec 2017)

⃞   Member—Professional ($0)*
⃞   Member—Individual ($65)
⃞   Member—Dual ($100)
⃞   Founding Member—Individual ($100)
⃞   Founding Member—Dual ($150)
⃞   Founding Benefactor—Individual ($250)
⃞   Founding Benefactor—Dual ($350)

* Professional musicians, artists, and writers who participate in Oratorio Readings, exhibitions, or the Academy Journal receive a free membership for one year from the month of the public presentation of their work.

Member Benefits

Members receive a subscription to the Academy Journal, invitations to member potlucks and the Academy Gala, and are eligible to participate in member programs.

Membership Form

To become a member, fill out the form below, and press submit. We will email you within 24 hours with a link to choose a membership tier and pay for it with a credit card or paypal account. If you would prefer to mail a check, follow these check instructions. If you have any questions, email membership@academyofsacreddrama.org.