Early Music Studio

early music studio musicians

Coordinating Director
Joseph Lanza

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

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


Audition required. EMS audition information can be found here.


Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

See course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

2019-20 Performances

All concerts in von Kuster Hall, Music Building, unless otherwised noted.

Monday, November 11 | 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 27 | 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 30 | 7:30 p.m.

Special programming

Friday, March 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 | 2 p.m.
Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College
The Early Music Studio presents baroque opera highlights at the Opera Gala.

Friday, January 24 | 12:45 - 3 p.m. 
von Kuster Hall, Music Building
The Boccheriniana baroque quintet will work with members of the Early Music Studio for several workshop and coaching activities at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. Students, contact Joe Lanza for details.
Generously sponsored by the Gordon Jeffery Music Foundation