The Early Music Ensemble is devoted to the performance and study of music primarily from the 16th-18th centuries, with attention to period style, performance practices and historical context. We present two concerts each semester. The ensemble is multi-faceted and is comprised of a Baroque string orchestra that at times adds singers, winds or brass, and a variety of individually formed chamber ensembles for instrumentalists and vocalists. It is also possible for students to work on solo repertoire. Both modern and period instruments are used. The college owns nine Baroque bows, Flemish and French style harpsichords and several reproductions of period instruments.
The recent bequest from Dr. Eugene Eaton has brought new visibility to this program. Our ongoing goal is to present historically stylistic performances from a repertoire that spans two centuries, and to include a variety of undergraduate and graduate music students regardless of prior interest or expertise.
Please contact the Director of Historical Performance Studies, Dr. Elizabeth Farr, for further information and auditions.
Director, Historical Performance Studies