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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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
- 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
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
Les Agréments de Musique
The Practitioners of Musick
The Gloria Consort
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.
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
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