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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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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 COMMUNIVERSITY EVENT


The Guild has a booth at Princeton Communiversity,  Sunday April 26,  1 to 6 pm.  < We will have instruments for people of all ages to try as well as information about upcoming events and ensembles. Our booth is #6, in the plaza in front of the Princeton Public Library. For more information: http://artscouncilofprinceton.org/communiversity/


HIGHLAND PARK RECORDER SOCIETY SEEKS RECORDER PLAYERS - MAY 31 EVENT


The Highland Park Recorder Society is joining forces with the highly esteemed Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey, Makhelat Hamercaz, to perform Sephardic choral liturgical music. Rehearsals: Sunday evenings Recorder Ensemble Rehearsal locations: Highland Park, NJ Joint Rehearsals of Choir and recorders: Highland Park. Dress rehearsal and concert in Edison.  The Highland Park Recorder Society is an educational, not-for profit organization that meets regularly to make music. We are a member of Early Music America (www.earlymusic.org), and  the Guild for Early Music , a consortium of 22 early music presenters in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our purpose is to cultivate an appreciation of the art, history, literature, and uses of the recorder, to raise the level of proficiency in its performance, and to raise public awareness of the beauty of recorder and early music.  For more information contact recorderdonna@gmail.com or call 732-828-7421.


PRINCETON TV30  - 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



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HOLD THE DATE:
The Guild's 11th Annual Grounds for Sculpture event will be held Sunday, October 18, 2015.
Stay tuned for details.

2014
marked the Guild's Tenth Anniversary of performing at the Grounds for Sculpture.  The schedule of events included.

Petting Zoo of Instruments in the Festival Greeting Area (West Gallery) 1:30-1:50 Recorders - presented by Mary Joan Gaynor 1:50-2:10 Treble Viola da gamba - presented by Judy Klotz 2:35-2:55 Natural Horn - presented by Robert Klotz 3:00-3:20 Lute - presented by John Orluk Lacombe 3:20-3:40 Crumhorn - presented by Kenton Meye Lewis R. Baratz gave a demonstration of the harpsichord and harpsichord music around 1600.
                                             
Brass Fanfares were played each concert.

Participating groups this year:  Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra, Bethlehem Baroque, Les Agréments de Musique, La Fiocco, Mostly Motets, La Spirita, The Practitioners of Musick, The Gloria Consort, Sharim v'Sharot, Spectra Musica, Musica Dolce, Princeton Recorder Society, Zorzal

Our 10th Anniversary concluded with a "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. 




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May 31 2015
May-31-2015
The Highland Park Recorder Society** and the highly esteemed chorus, Makhelat Hamercaz, the Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey, presents a diverse program, From Baroque to Baruch, at their annual spring concert. Temple Emanu-El, 100 James Street, Edison, NJ. General, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3 PM.

Admission $20 if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. Call Makhelat Hamercaz ,732-352-1252, 732-688-4146, or D. Messer, 732-828-7421. The program features Baroque-era Sephardic music sung in early colonial America, and music of Baroque composers including Salamone Rossi, Cristiano Lidarti, and William Byrd, accompanied by the Highland Park Recorder Society.  Click here to download our ticket order form. 

**The Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
June 06 2015
Jun-06-2015
La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble presents celebrated soprano Laura Heimes in a program of dazzling arias by George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Barbara Strozzi, and Thomas Augustine Arne, with instrumental works by Biagio Marini, Tarquinio Merula, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director, recorder, harpsichord
Claire Smith Bermingham, Daniel McCarthy, & Linda Kistler, baroque violins
Daniel McCarthy, baroque viola
Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello
Laudon Schuett, lute & theorbo
Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord

St. Paul's Catholic Church
214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

7:30 PM

This concert will be repeated on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church,
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

Tickets:  $25 general admission, $10 students
Check or cash at the door, or on-line at lafiocco.org

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
June 07 2015
Jun-07-2015
La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble presents celebrated soprano Laura Heimes in a program of dazzling arias by George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Barbara Strozzi, and Thomas Augustine Arne, with instrumental works by Biagio Marini, Tarquinio Merula, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director, recorder, harpsichord
Claire Smith Bermingham, Daniel McCarthy, & Linda Kistler, baroque violins
Daniel McCarthy, baroque viola
Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello
Laudon Schuett, lute & theorbo
Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church,
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA



Tickets:  $25 general admission, $10 students
Check or cash at the door, or on-line at 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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