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).

2022-23 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1 hour in length.

Sunday, January 22 | 3pm
von Kuster Hall
Early Music Studio with Tafelmusik Artists
A concert featuring the Early Music Studio musicians performing side-by-side with Artists-in-Residence Tafelmusik musicians Patricia Ahern, Michael Unterman, as well as Western’s Joseph Lanza.

Saturday, February 12 | 2pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Opera Gala Concert

Monday, March 27 | 7:30pm
von Kuster Hall
Early Music Studio Program

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