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


Events include concerts, lectures, demonstrations, and classes.   Click on the calendar on the right wherever a date is highlighted.

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


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 (, 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 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

The Princeton Recorder Society, a member of the Guild for Early Music, announces its annual spring workshop will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 Registration is now open. For details and registration form, please visit

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 comprised:

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


* 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.


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



While a sincere attempt will be made to ensure accuracy and completeness of the information posted, The Guild for Early Music, Inc., assumes no legal liability for the information on our website, including the calendar of events.
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March 29 2015
The Friends of the Princeton University Library announce "Les Plaisirs de Versailles: Music for the Court of Louis XIV" will be performed by Les Agréments de musique** (Minju Lee, harpsichord, and John Burkhalter, recorders), in the Firestone Library, Main Gallery for Rare Books and Special Collections. In celebration of the exhibition "Versailles on Paper," this FREE concert will feature works by Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Hotteterre, Marais and both Louis and Francois Couperin. For additional information visit:

March 29, 2015, 3PM.

**Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
April 12 2015
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 4PM St. Andrews Episcopal Church presents Les Agréments de musique.**  Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, recorders.

 The program will focus on composers associated with the court of Louis XIV features works by Lully, Campra, Dieupart, and others. Suggested Donation $20 per person.

St Andrews Episcopal Church is located at the corner of York and Main Streets in Lambertville, NJ.  For further information visit or  609-397-2425.

** Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
April 19 2015
La Bernadinia**, Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord will be joined by organist Chad Fothergill to perform works from popular collections such as The Division Flute, The Division Viol, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Byrd's Parthenia in-Violata, Hume's First Part of Ayres, and Locke's Little Consort.

Enjoy a spring afternoon with delightful early English chamber music in the lovely acoustics of University Lutheran Church.  Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3PM.

University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
3637 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free will offering

**La Bernadinia is a member of the Guild of Early Music.
April 25 2015
Le Triomphe de l’amour** will be your guide on a musical tour of London, with stops at Covent Garden, the pleasure gardens of Vauxhall and Ranelagh, and the celebrated Concert Rooms.

Music by Handel, Abel, Stanley, J.C. Bach, and more.

Laura Heimes, soprano
John Burkhalter, recorders
Donna Fournier, viola da gamba
Janet Palumbo, harpsichord.

The concert will be illustrated with projected pictures and contemporary readings. Tickets are available at the door. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:00PM

Unitarian Church of Princeton 50 Cherry Hill Rd. Princeton, NJ

**Le Triomphe de l’amour is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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Meadows Foundation Colonial Day 2006 Kortholts Harpsichordist Janet Palumbo
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