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

Spring 2019

Spring Concerts:

Euridice Baroque Ensemble, led by Robert Eisenstein

Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts

Friday, April 19th, 7:30 PM

details soon!

Five College Collegium, directed by Robert Eisenstein

Italian Renaissance Music for voices, viols and winds

Wednesday April 24th, 7:30 PM

Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College

Here is what we did last fall:

Euridice Baroque Ensemble, led by Robert Eisenstein

Bezanson Recital Hall

Friday, November 30th 7:30 PM


Charpentier Noëls pour les Instruments

Purcell  Abdelazar Suite including the rondeau Benjamin Britten used for Young Person’ s Guide to the Orchestra.

Telemann suite La Changeante

Corelli Christmas Concerto


With special guest dances Kai Feldstein, Lynn Menegon and Caroline Huang, performing select Renaissance and Baroque dances with members of the orchestra.



The Five College Collegium, directed by Robert Eisenstein
The Orphic Jacob
Wednesday December 5
Grace Church, Amherst 7:30 PM

The Collegium explores the works of Jacob Obrecht, born in Ghent in 1450.  He was held in the highest esteem by his contemporaries and his masses and motets were performed at many princely chapels and at the Vatican.  Obrecht succeeded Josquin as the maestro di cappella in Ferrara in 1503, but his time in Italy was cut short by his death from the plague in 1505.  The Collegium choir will perform selections from masses, Marian and Christmas season motets and Obrecht’s moving lament on the death of his trombone-playing father. The program is rounded out by instrumental selections performed on winds and viols.


Voces Feminae, dir. Catherine Bell,

Sunday December 9

Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College 7:30 PM

Monday December 10

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


Dualities: Music from the British Isles and continental Europe featuring dualities of language, sonority

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

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 visible by clicking on "Auditions" to the left.