Early Music Program

The Five College Early Music Program offers a variety of opportunities to engage with the rich and varied repertoire of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music in the European tradition.

About

Founded in 1979, the Five College Early Music Program (EMP) is a collaboration among schools, programs, and teachers in the Five College Consortium to offer students and affiliates the opportunity to explore the rich and varied music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Participants may take private lessons, participate in chamber music courses or larger ensembles, or study historical dance, under the guidance of specialist instructors in the field of early music. The Early Music Program also hosts or co-hosts performances and residencies by professional early music performers and ensembles.

Faculty and Instructors

To learn more about the Early Music Program faculty and instructors, please visit this page or contact program director Michael Barrett at mrbarrett@mtholyoke.edu.

Courses and Ensembles

Spring 2023 Early Music Courses

Subject Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Institution Meeting Times
DANCE 128 01 Renaissance/Baroque Dance II Nona Monahin,Margaret Pash Mount Holyoke College TH 07:15PM-08:45PM
MUSIC 143H 01 Early Music Chamber Ensemble Michael Barrett Mount Holyoke College -
MUSIC 147F 01 Early Mus:Ren/Baroq. Dance II Nona Monahin,Margaret Pash Mount Holyoke College TH 07:15PM-08:45PM
MUSIC 578 01 Collegium Musicum Michael Barrett UMass Amherst TU 4:45PM 7:00PM

Notes about Collegium, Chamber Ensembles, and Course Registration:

* If Collegium is meeting at your home institution in a given half semester, you may register (with instructor approval, after audition) through your college’s registration system. Otherwise, please use the Five College cross-registration system.

Some examples of recent chamber ensemble courses include:

  • Lute ensemble
  • Baroque string ensemble
  • Treble vocal ensemble (Voces feminae)
  • 17th-century song seminar for singers and instruments

* Early music chamber ensembles are administered through Mount Holyoke College. If you are not a Mount Holyoke student, please use the Five College cross-registration system.

* Renaissance/Baroque Dance I and II are Mount Holyoke College classes. If you are not a Mount Holyoke student, please use the Five College cross-registration system.

Individual Performance Study (private lessons)

Individual performance study (private lessons) is administered through Mount Holyoke College. If you are not a Mount Holyoke student, please use the Five College cross-registration system.

Some examples of instruments that may be studied privately include:

  • Recorder
  • Baroque flute
  • Other early winds (e.g. sackbut)
  • Lute
  • Baroque strings

Interest Form and Auditions

If you’re interested in participating in the Early Music Program, please fill out the following survey form, which will also link you to a form for scheduling an audition. If you have any questions, please contact program director Michael Barrett at mrbarrett@mtholyoke.edu. We look forward to hearing from you!