Early Music Studio

early music studio musicians

Coordinating Director

Joseph Lanza


Audition required.

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Mondays & Wednesdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

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The Early Music Studio (EMS) generally explores music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We strive to recreate music of this period by discovering the performance style in use at the time of its composition. Because the ensemble includes performance on copies of period instruments, it operates at a lower pitch: usually, A=415, sometimes, A=430. Directors often perform with students on our four yearly programmes.

Instruments, Repertoire and Approach

EMS instrumentalists perform on copies of Baroque and Classical string, wind and keyboard instruments supplied by the Faculty; they will explore a variety of mostly baroque repertoire.

Keyboardists will work continually to improve their figure-reading skills, with a goal of being mostly fluent by the end of the second term.

Courses Offered

The EMS is available either as a large ensemble credit (except for orchestral string players) or as a course credit (2971a/2972b, 3971a/3972b, 4971a/4972b, 9568a/9569b).

2023-24 Performances

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Friday, December 1 | 12:30pm (approx. 1 hour)
von Kuster Hall
Fridays at 12:30 Concert Series
Tafelmusik violinists Patricia Ahern and Christopher Verrette are joined by Western’s Joseph Lanza for a program of violinistic variety

Sunday, December 3 | 3pm (approx. 1 hour)
von Kuster Hall
Tafelmusik leads the Early Music Studio
This concert will feature the Early Music Studio performing side by side with Tafelmusik musicians Patricia Ahern and Christopher Verrette, as well as Western’s Joseph Lanza

To learn more about the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra residency at Western, visit the Masterclasses and Residencies webpage.

Saturday, February 3 | 2pm (approx. 2 hours)
Paul Davenport Theatre
Opera and Musical Theatre Gala
Selections will be be accompanied by the Early Music Studio. Learn more about the programme and purchase tickets via the Opera at Western webpage.

Monday, March 25 | 7:30pm (approx. 1.5 hours)
von Kuster Hall
The Final Concert of the Early Music Studio Season
The students of the Early Music Studio have honed their skills for the entire school year to create their special espirit! Come hear them at their best, in great music of the Baroque period.


Students! For more information about the private concert taking place in November 2023 (open to current Music students, faculty and staff only), contact Joseph Lanza at jlanza@uwo.ca 


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