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Early Music Ensembles

Fall 2014 ensemble & audition information (pdf file)
Early Music Auditions for singers and all kinds of instrumentalists.

Experience the joys of medieval, renaissance and baroque music with the Early Music Program, with many of our groups meeting at UMass. Ensembles include an SATB Renaissance choir (the Collegium), baroque orchestra and chamber music (Euridice Ensembles), medieval ensemble, and women's vocal ensemble. Modern string and wind players are welcome- the program has a substantial collection of early instruments. You might consider beginning viol, recorder, lute or harpsichord, too. There is something for everyone! Credit available. Painless auditions take place in 170 FAC.
Contact Prof. Eisenstein at reisenst@music.umass.edu for further information.

Please refer to the Five College Early Music website for detailed information about the Early Music program.

FIVE COLLEGE EARLY MUSIC COLLEGIUM
Robert Eisenstein, director
A small SATB choir, performing Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music, with opportunities for vocal solos. Students may also participate instrumentally. The Early Music Program has a collection of historical instruments for student use, including viols, baroque violins/viola/cello, lute, medieval instruments such as harp and vielle and psaltery, and Renaissance winds and brass, including sackbuts, dulcians, shawms, recorders, and flutes.

EURIDICE ENSEMBLES
Robert Eisenstein, director
Baroque chamber ensembles for historical and modern instruments. Early Music Program faculty members coach and play in these ensembles. Some baroque stringed instruments and bows and baroque flutes are available for student use. Ensembles generally include a harpsichord as well.

VOCES FEMINAE
The Women's Vocal Ensemble of the Five College Early Music Program
Catherine Bell, director
Performs primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and traditional European music.

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