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.
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Events include concerts, lectures, demonstrations, and classes. Click
on the calendar on the right wherever a date is highlighted.
Guild 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
- Princeton TV30 features Guild for Early Music instruments, people, and
events; Anne Reeves hosts John Burkhalter and others in September 2014. Click here to watch
HOLD THE DATE:
The Guild's 11th Annual Grounds For Sculpture Festival: Sunday, October 18, 2015.
Visit Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) for the 11th annual festival of the Guild for Early Music, featuring concerts of music from the 12th through the 18th century. Performances by regional ensembles will include Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, both vocal and instrumental and will take place all afternoon on Sunday, October 18th.
Festival Hours are 12:30-5pm. GFS is open 10 AM to 6 PM.
Notable this year: the program begins with a discussion of early music performance presented by Lewis Baratz, host of WWFM’s Well-Tempered Baroque. The performances will open with a youth concert by members of the Princeton Girlchoir. For the first time, Radiance Ensemble, an instrumental group, will perform.
In all, this year’s program includes 14 ensembles, both instrumental and vocal.
The mini-concerts will take place within two galleries in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. The instrumental "petting zoo" is open to all ages will take place simultaneously in the adjacent auditorium, with strolling performers outdoors in the gardens, weather permitting.
This year’s Festival theme is “Ebb and Flow,” and sculpture tours featuring works
inspired by this theme are offered without additional charge during the afternoon. As always, WWFM, The Classical Network, hosts will introduce the performers and greet their audiences.
Admission to the festival is free with paid admission to the park: $15 Adults 18-64; $12 Seniors; $10 Students 6-17; Members and Children 5 and under are free.
marked the Guild's Tenth Anniversary of performing at the Grounds for Sculpture. The festivities concluded with "Purcell Jam,"
where participating groups, individual musicians, and audience members performed Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art. Click here
to view a short video created by Janet Palumbo from the live recording and from photos by Suzette Lucas and Steve Kyle.