The Five College
Early Music Program
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, HC, and UMass. Come talk to us!
Tuesday, September 6:
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
6:00 – 7:00 PM: Room 7 Music Center, Amherst College
Wednesday, September 7:
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Room 210 Pratt Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, September 8:
4:00 – 5:30 PM, Room 103, Sage Hall, Smith College
Friday, September 9:
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Music Lounge, Hampshire College
4:00 – 5:30 PM: Room 170 Fine Arts Center, UMass
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 fall will focus on Renaissance music from Vienna and Italy. 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 French and Italian music for chamber and orchestra.
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: