AEM sponsors the annual Amherst Early Music Festival at Connecticut College. The program includes two weeks of classes for amateurs and pre-professionals, a music and instrument exhibition, a professional concert series, and concurrent special courses for advanced students. In 2015 the Festival features Music of Italy and Spain, and will be directed by Frances Blaker. Highlights include a Choral Workshop with Kent Tritle (new!), New London Assembly, Reine-Marie Verhagen, Viol classes with Paolo Pandolfo, Baroque Opera: Handel's Il Pastor Fido, Music and Instrument Exhibition, and the Lute Society of America Seminar.