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The Guild for Early Music was founded in 2004 as a consortium of early music ensembles and musicians. The mission of the Guild is to promote music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American eras by fostering in the community knowledge and appreciation of music of these historical periods and facilitating cooperation and providing resources for professional and amateur performing ensembles and musicians. The Guild for Early Music became a 501(c)(3) corporation in July 2009.

Guild members comprise professional musicians, semi-professionals, amateurs, and early-music community members in the Central New Jersey and Eastern Central Pennsylvania areas, including Mercer County NJ and Bucks County PA. We welcome enthusiasts and visitors from all over.  View our Members page


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Guilder member organizations and all music organizations presenting concerts of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American eras before 1800 within the New Jersey or Pennsylvania Delaware Valley area can submit their event for consideration for posting on the Guild's Event calender.  Use the menu at the top right-hand corner to to access the Contact Us page.  Guidelines for submitting and event are posted there, and you can link to our Contact Us form from that page or just click here



SAVE THE DATE!!

The 10th Annual Early Music Festival at Grounds For Sculpture Sunday October 12th, 2014 12:30 - 5:30

Featuring: Tenth anniversary special features Fanfares Heralds Grand finale conducted by WWFM’s Marjorie Herman with audience participation Mini-concerts all afternoon in two indoor venues Instrumental, choral, and mixed ensembles Concert Prelude by Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Strolling Musicians in the Park, weather permitting.

Free with admission to the Park $15, seniors $12, students $10, children under 6 free, members free.
See below of details.



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This year marks the Guild's Tenth Anniversary of performing at the Grounds for Sculpture.  To mark this special occasion, mini-concerts of about 25 minutes will be held in two spaces concurrently.  All concerts are free with regular admission to the Grounds for Sculpture.

Here is a listing of the events and the spaces.  Note that performances in the East Gallery begin at 12:30.  Performances in the Auditorium begin at 1:00 PM.

1.  In the AUDITORIUM:
 

Time Ensemble or Event
Description
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Bethlehem Baroque

This professional Baroque quartet performs music of François Couperin and Louis-Gabriel Guillemain. With period instruments: baroque flute, baroque violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Les Agréments de Musique French baroque music for recorder and harpsichord.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

La Fiocco
Bucks County's professional Baroque ensemble teams with members of Bethlehem Baroque to perform Telemann's finest chamber works for recorder and violin, and recorder and viola da gamba, with harpsichord.  On period instruments.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Mostly Motets
Renaissance music for choir from this prestigious Bucks County vocal ensemble.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

La Spirita Voice consort music of the early 17th-century.
 
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM The Practitioners of Musick Music for recorder and harpsichord.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The Gloria Consort French and German Baroque music from ca. 1720-40,

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Harpsichord demonstration  
Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director of La Fiocco and harpsichordist with Bethlehem Baroque demonstrates the harpsichord and different national and period styles during the Baroque era.



2.  In the EAST GALLERY :

 
12:30 PM 1:00 PM
Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra

 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Renaissance wind demo with
Orum Stringer.

Orum stringer, director of the Gloria Consort and Spectra Musica demonstrates Renaissance capped reeds, double reeds, and brass-woodwin hybrids. 

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Engelchor Consort
Spanish music from the time of Ferdinand and Isabella, and Christopher Columbus from the late 15th-century song collection called the Cancionero Musical de Palacio. The music speaks of love and death, drinking, dancing and conquest. Voices, recorders, capped reads, and viols.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Sharim v'Sharot
Music of Salamone Rossi: Sacred and Secular Music for Voices,

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Spectra Musica Renaissance instrumental music from ca. 1550-1620.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Musica Dolce Baroque ensemble performing on recorder, violin, cello, and harpsichord.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

The Princeton Recorder Society


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Zorzal


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Preparation for the Purcell
group performance
Audience members can visit the Auditorium to attend a harpsichord demonstration.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Henry Purcell Extravaganza.
Audience participation welcome in an ad-hoc performance of a Purcell Birthday Ode for Queen Mary II.



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* Congrats to Delaware River Consort vocal quartet for 30 years of continuous performance.

* La Fiocco and Mostly Motets will team for the second time. Come here them on June 8, 2014 in a special performance entitled "The Lion & the Lamb:  The Jewish Baroque."  Vocal soloists, baroque oboe, 3 recorders, baroque bassoon, 4 violins, baroque cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord, theorbo, baroque harp, and Mostly Motets.

Welcome new ensemble members:   Flauto Dolce Duo (Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & Sean Price, harpsichord) and Les Agréments de musique (John Burkhalter, recorder &l; Minju Lee, harpsichord).

On Sunday, February 9, 2014, La Spirita viol consort presented a program of Italian music for viols and voice at Dorothea’s House, Casa di Cultura Italiana, in Princeton. The afternoon featured a lecture by LaSpirita’s bass violist, Kathleen Moretto Spencer. on Early Guide Books to Rome. Composers represented included Marenzio, Ferrabosco, Monteverdi, and Vitali.

Lady Ashton, harpsichordist Lewis Baratz, and baroque flutist Michelle Cosgrove performing at a Colonial event in Franklin Township, NJ.
Musica Dolce members Lea Karpman, Dean Poulson, Donna Messer, and Janet Walker (seated).
Donna Fournier, Janet Palumbo, and soprano Laura Heimes perform as Le Triomphe de L'Amour.



 
Click to View our Special Photo Gallery from last year's event, all photos courtesy of Steven Kyle.  Over 500 people attended throughout the day, 13 ensembles performed, and plenty of folks of all ages tried the instruments in the "petting zoo."  Hosts of radio station WWFM, The Classical Network, were present to greet the audiences. Bliss Michelson, Marjorie Herman, and Allan Kelly were MC’s for the concerts. 

 
We are once again grateful to WWFM to be our media sponsor.



An enchanted audience at a previous. Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this and other Guild events and members.

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In March 2009, Early Music America kindly published an article about the Guild's October 2008 early music day at the Grounds for Sculpture, shown above. Click here to read the article (courtesy of Early Music America, all rights reserved).

 

Guild for Early Music, Inc., Board of Directors

Judith Klotz (President)
Nancy Gibbs (Secretary)
 Janet Palumbo (Treasurer)
Mary Benton, John Burkhalter, Pat Hlafter, Maureen Kyle, Larry Parker, Orum Stringer

 


 

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October 12 2014
Oct-12-2014
10th Anniversary of the Guild for Early Music partnering with the Grounds for Sculpture and WWFM.  For regular admission to the Grounds, enjoy an entire day of early music, with more than a dozen groups performing music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque.  Festivities start at 12:30 PM.
 
October 26 2014
Oct-26-2014
La Fiocco** presents Birds of a Feather, Virtuoso Recorder Music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 21st Century.  Artistic director Lewis R. Baratz is joined by three outstanding young artist recorder players, Aik Shin Tan, Andrew Broadwater, and 17-year-old Piffaro and international recorder competition winner Martin Bernstein. 

Also performing on the program are Ann Bies, a Philadelphia-based recorder player, Lynn Fergusson, Benjamin Berman, John Armato, and John Orluk, performing on viola da gamba, harpsichord, lute, theorbo, cittern, and baroque guitar. 

Works by Henry VIII, Dowland, Trabaci, van Eyck, Telemann, and contemporary prize-winning recorder composer Glen Shannon. 

Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury (New Hope), PA.  $25, $10 students.  For more information, contact info@lafiocco.org. Visit lafiocco.org.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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Meadows Foundation Colonial Day 2006 Kortholts Harpsichordist Janet Palumbo
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