The Five College
Early Music Program
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to SING or PLAY in one or more ensembles, including the COLLEGIUM choir, BAROQUE ORCHESTRA (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, MEDIEVAL and RENAISSANCE ensembles and VOCES FEMINAE. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Consider beginning RECORDER, VIOLA DA GAMBA, LUTE or RENAISSANCE TROMBONE! We also offer instruction on period instruments (recorders, sackbut, viol, lute, etc.) for modern players, in beginning ensembles and lessons. Credit is available for ensembles and lessons for MHC, UMass and HC.
Come talk to us!
Tuesday, September 4:
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:00 – 4:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
5:00 – 6:30 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College
Wednesday, September 5:
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, September 6:
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College
Friday, September 7:
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College
The Five College Early Music Collegium: for singers interested in large-scale Renaissance choral works, one-on-a-part ensembles, and/or occassional solos; historical instrumentalists of all sorts. The Collegium singers and wind players rehearse on Tuesday evenings at UMass this semester; string players TBA. The program this spring will focus on the music of the great 15th century composer Jacob Obrecht. Great fun!
Euridice Ensembles: our umbrella organization for faculty/student chamber groups specializing in 17th and 18th century music. Modern and early string, wind, and keyboard players from all five campuses are invited to participate in these historical performance-oriented bands. Be coached and play or sing alongside recognized professionals. Violinists, violists and cellists and keyboard players especially welcome this semester. We will be playing the Corelli Christmas Concerto, French Noëls set for instruments by Charpentier, as well as other repertoire.
Voces Feminae: Our women's vocal ensemble. Limited to sixteen or fewer voices, we delve into all types and aspects of early music performable by women's voices. From the familiar to the unusual, the music is beautiful, challenging and satisfying.
Loud Band: trombonists and double reed players who would like to make the pretty easy transition to Renaissance versions are more than welcome.
Medieval Ensemble: exciting and popular- a chance to experience harps, citoles, organetto, fiddles and/or sing the powerful music of the middle ages. Gregorian Chant Choir: informal Friday morning gathering to sing chant at UMass if there is enough interest.
17th Century Song Seminar: for singers and keyboard, viol and recorder consorts, Also: group lessons in Lute, Renaissance Winds, and Viol.
Improvisation ensemble: Learn how to make up the Renaissance on the fly!
For more information, contact Robert Eisenstein: