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 2020

Click on 'Auditions' to the left to join us.  Early Music ensembles and lessons are open to students (often for academic credit), faculty, staff and the community.

Due to the pandemic and limitations on faculty and students being physically present on more than one campus, most Early Music ensembles will not meet in person during fall semester 2019.  There will be an on-line Renaissance Dance class, a virtual Renaissance dance ensemble (with lots of emphasis on Renaissance improvisation), and a weekly virtual meeting of the Five College Collegium, in which we will consider Renaissance repertoire with scores provided, listen to recordings and discuss. Other options may be possible. Remote private lessons in recorder, lute, viola da gamba and various Renaissance winds will also be available at the usual Five College rates for private lessons.  Please use the Performance Ensemble tab to find descriptions of our usual ensembles- we hope we can return to normal sooner than later!   

If you think you might be interested in participating in any of these offerings, plan to sign up for an individual Zoom audition/information session.  We will hold these auditions on August 25th through 27th.  Here is the link to the sign-up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jTYKMxzSyUmGNuncRLtCed1RXiVqIzmgRHFm1uNfO5k/edit#gid=0

 An audition or simply a quick chat should only take a few minutes of your time.  Please sign up for exact time during the first week of classes and be sure to leave your email address so you can be sent the Zoom meeting id and password.  



or e-mail reisenst@mtholyoke.edu