Early Music Program

A faculty of distinguished performers and scholars at the Five Colleges, together with the program director, make it possible for students to participate in a wide variety of experiences in the study and performance of music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque Era.

See "Events" for a current listing of concerts

Fall 2019

Concerts Fall 2019:

Euridice Baroque Ensemble, led by Laurie Rabut, with Alice Robbins, viola da gamba

Venetian Violinist/Composers and a Suite by Telemann

Friday, December 6 

Bezanson Recital Hall 7:30 PM


Vivaldi Concerto for strings in G minor

Albinoni Sinfonia in G 

Locatelli Concerto Grosso in C minor

Telemann Ouverture and Suite in D for viola da gamba and strings

Locatelli Pastorale per il Santo Natale

Thanks to Laurie Rabut for leading the band this semester during Mr. Eisenstein’s leave.  



The Five College Collegium, directed by Stephanie Council
The Incomparable Josquin
Tuesday, December 10
Grace Church, Amherst 7:30 PM

The Collegium  presents some of the best-known works of the greatest composer of his generation, Josquin des Prez (c.1450 – 1521). Among other works, the Collegium choir will perform the four-voice Ave Maria, a work that came to be a model motet for generations, and Josquin’s last composition, his Missa Pange Lingua. The program is rounded out by instrumental selections performed on Renaissance winds, directed by Daniel Meyers. 

Thanks to Dr. Stephanie Council, Director of Choral Ensembles at Mount Holyoke College, for leading Collegium this semester.


Voces Feminae, directed by Catherine Bell, 

Grene Growith the Holy

Monday, December 9

St. Brigid’s Church, 122 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst 7:30 PM

Seasonal music from Italy, Catalonia and the British Isles including works by Monteverdi, Lasso and King Henry VIII.  

If you are interested in joining us in singing or playing in Collegium, Voces Feminae, Baroque Orchestra, Medieval Ensemble or studying an early instrument, come see us at Painless Audition/Information Sessions.  Times and places for Spring 2020 will be posted soon, and will be  visible by clicking on "Auditions" to the left.

All Early Music Program concerts are free and open to the public

For Further Information, contact the Early Music Office at 538-2079


or e-mail reisenst@mtholyoke.edu