Early Music Program

Auditions Spring 2014

The Five College

Early Music Program

Wants You!

We invite students, faculty, and community members to audition for one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature medieval,baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. Ensemble credit available through MHC, SC, HC, and UMass.  Come talk to us!

Tuesday, January 21:

11 AM to 12:30 PM Room 170 FAC, UMass

6 to 7 PM Room 7, Music Center, Amherst College

Wednesday, January 22:

1 to 4 PM 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College

4:30 to 5:30 PM Music Lounge, Hampshire College

Thursday, January 23:

11 AM to 12:30 PM Room 170 FAC, UMass

Friday, January 24:

4 to 5:30 PM 103 Sage Hall, Smith College

Our bands:

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 MHC this semester; string players TBA. The program this spring will focus on Renaissance music from France.  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.

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.


For more information, contact Robert Eisenstein:

reisenst@mtholyoke.edu or reisenst@music.umass.edu