Historical Performance Academy

Academy faculty

Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned and critically acclaimed performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. She has performed as a chamber musician in the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe.

Galhano studied in Brazil at Faculdade Santa Marcelina, the Royal Conservatory (The Hague), and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a Fulbright Scholarship, and support from the Dutch government. She is the music director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest and she recently received the prestigious McKnight Fellowship Award,MSAB Arts Initiative, and is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. Galhano is a faculty member at Macalester College and adjunct lecturer in music (recorder) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Dawn Kalis is adjunct lecturer in music at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University) where she teaches harpsichord for the Historical Performance Institute. She earned a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance.

Kalis has received numerous awards, including the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for study in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship for study in Paris, France. She is resident harpsichord teacher for the Jacobs Organ Academy, and collaborates with the Wylie house, providing live music for events. Her doctoral document, “Early French Keyboard Music: A Historic Journey,” is a resource that provides an anthology of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French harpsichord music presented in tandem with cultural, musical, and historical information.

Miyo Aoki is a dedicated recorder player and teacher, performing music ranging from medieval to modern and teaching students of all ages and levels.

She is a member of the Farallon Recorder Quartet and has performed in the US, Germany, and Poland, with groups including the Eurasia Consort, Utopia Early Music, and Gamut Bach Ensemble; and at the Bloomington Early Music Festival and Whidbey Island Music Festival. She has premiered works by contemporary composers Natalie Williams, Agnes Dorwarth and Adam Haws, and in recent years she was delighted to play with the Boise Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Oregon Symphony.

In addition to private lessons, she teaches regularly for the Seattle Historical Arts for Kids and at workshops around the country. Miyo holds a KAZ Diploma (Artist Diploma) from the Hochschule fur Kunste in Bremen, Germany where she studied with Professor Han Tol, and degrees in both early music performance and mathematics from Indiana University, where she studied with Professor Eve Legene.

Erica Rubis is a versatile performer on the viola da gamba and baroque cello whose work ranges from renaissance viol consort to improvising and co-creating new music. She is a member of Alchymy Viols, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Echoing Air, Bourbon Baroque and plays with Third Coast and North Carolina Baroque. She collaborates and performs regularly with composer/performer Tomas Lozano in his song project on the poetry of Juan Ramon Jimenez.

She holds a BA from St. Olaf College, MM in Early Music Performance from Indiana University and a Performer’s Certificate from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Active in music education, Erica teaches at summer courses and holds workshops on the viola da gamba for modern string students. She has pioneered a multi-media program, Shakespeare’s Ear, with regular tours and residencies in schools since 2009.

For more infomation, contact Dawn Kalis at dkalis@indiana.edu.


Fall semester
September 5Registration and payment deadline; Classes begin
November 20-24No classes, Thanksgiving Break
December 15Classes conclude

Viola da Gamba lessons

Viola da Gamba students begin with the treble size instrument, and older students can choose from treble, tenor, or bass. Teaching resources include renaissance and baroque music, as well as modern pieces written to teach viola da gamba technique.  

Instrument rental is available by contacting erica.rubis@sbcglobal.net; a sliding scale fee is available.  


  • 30-minute lessons - $480 
  • 45-minute lessons - $680 
  • 60-minute lessons - $880 

Adult students of any age or musical experience are invited to register for viola da gamba lessons. Students will have the option of taking lessons virtually and in-person.  


  • 45-minute lessons - $680
  • 60-minute lessons - $880 

How to apply

  1. Eligibility: Accepting students of all ages, from youth to adult.
  2. Application process: To apply, complete the online registration.
  3. Payment: Accepting payment via credit card or check. For any questions regarding payment, contact IU Conferences at iuconfs@iu.edu

Register for Fall 2023

Once you have completed the previous steps, please submit the Participant Agreement Form