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 include 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.  


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 calendar.  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 Guild for Early Music's 12th Annual Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture was held on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.  

The Festival featured performances by over a dozen different early music ensembles, including both vocal and instrumental ensembles.  The performances took place in the East and West Galleries of the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. 

The public was invited to come and go, sampling the mini-concerts.  An instrumental "petting zoo" was open to all ages in the adjacent auditorium. Strolling performers played music outdoors in the gardens.

This year's Festival theme was "The Zodiac," marking the 12th year of this exciting event.  Sculpture tours featuring works inspired by this theme were offered without additional charge during the afternoon.


There was a lot of music at the Guild for Early Music’s event at the Grounds for Sculpture. Visitors enjoyed hearing a great variety of music, from medieval to early classical music, and wandered at their leisure from gallery to gallery.

12:15-1:00   Demonstration:   "Music and the Night Sky," by Lewis R. Baratz, Ph.D. director of La Fiocco harpsichordist, recorder player, and creator of WWFM’s program Well-Tempered Baroque.  Lewis was assisted by colleagues Daniel Moody, countertenor, baroque violinist Nadir Aslam, and gambist Isaac Louth.

1:30-2:00 Mostly Motets Music referencing stars, night, the wavering planets, and Daphne.

2:00-2:30 Riverview Early Music Early 17th-century English music performed by David Kellett, tenor, John Burkhalter, recorder, Isaac Louth, bass viol, John Orluk Lacombe on lute, gittern, & cittern. Music of John Playford, John Danyel, John Dowland, et al.

2:30-3:00 Les Agréments de musique Recorder player John Burkhalter and harpsichordist Minju Lee's program Musique du zodiaque featured the music of French baroque composer Marin Marais representing the 12 labors of Hercules and the 12 signs of the Zodiac.

3:00-3:30 La Fiocco Chamber cantatas of Telemann and Bononcini with baroque opera star Daniel Moody, countertenor, Nadir Aslam, baroque violin, Isaac Louth, viola da gamba, Benjamin Berman, artistic director & recorder player Lewis R. Baratz.

3:30-4:00 Le Triomphe de l’amour Duo harpsichordists Janet Palumbo and Minju Lee performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sonata in D Major for Harpsichord, K. 381, and Charles Burney, Sonata in F Major for Harpsichord, for 4 hands.

4:00-4:30 The Practitioners of Musick John Burkhalter, recorder, and Donovan Klotzbeacher, harpsichord, in "Handel and the Hanoverians."

4:30-5:00 The Gloria Consort Orum Stringer, recorder, Kenton Meyer, baroque flute, Elizabeth Horn, viola da gamba, and Ernest Meyer, harpsichord performed trio sonatas of Johann Christoph Pepusch and Jean Baptiste Loeillet.


1:00-1:30   Stretto Youth Orchestra Princeton-based youth orchestra performed works by William Byrd and others.

1:30-2:30 The Engelchor Consort and La Spirita The Englechor Consort and the viol consort La Spirita teamed up to perform on recorders, viols, voice, and percussion, in a program of music from the resplendent court of 15th-century Burgundy. 

2:30-3:00 Princeton Pro Musica Chamber Chorus   A 31-member choir performing music of Lassus, Dowland, Gibbons, & Purcell.  Ryan James Brandau, artistic director.

3:00-3:30 Musica Dolce Donna Messer, recorder, Lea Karman, violin, Janet Walker, cello, & Dean Poulsen, harpsichord, performed music of baroque composers Sylvester Jose de Castro, Bartolomeo de Selma, & William Hamilton Bird.

3:30-4:00 Spectra Musica Orum Stringer, Kenton Meyer, Elizabeth Horn, & Ernest Meyer performed music of early baroque composers John Jenkins, Matthew Locke, and Salamone Rossi on recorders, kortholts, dulcian, bass viol, and harpsichord.

4:00-4:30 Radiance Chamber Ensemble Lea Karman, Michael Schneider, Peggy Reynolds, Roland Hutchinson, & Joan Baldwin performed music of Purcell, Telemann, & Handel on violins, viola, viola da gamba, & harpsichord.

MARCH IS EARLY MUSIC MONTH !!!    Learn more about it from the Early Music America website.   And here’s a nifty video inviting participation (Monteverdi meets John Williams.) Click Here to View)

This year, the Guild for Early Music will be presenting a concert series in March 2017 to celebrate Early Music Month along with Early Music America.  More details about this series to come!

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

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).

2014 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.  


Guild for Early Music Board of Directors

Judith Klotz, President
Nancy Gibbs, Secretary
Janet Palumbo, Treasurer
John Burkhalter, Israel G. Herman, Patricia Hlafter
Maureen Kyle, Larry Parker, Orum Stringer
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December 16 2016
Handel's Messiah Sing Along: First Part and the Hallelujah Chorus, Friday, December 16 at 7PM. 800 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740.  Free, with free-will offering collected.

Singing will be accompanied by organ, played by Seah Velloso. The solos will be sung by soloists Lauren Walters, soprano; Jody Doktor, mezzo-soprano; Ted Chletsos, tenor; & Wilbur Lewis, bass. The chorus can be sung by everyone! Contact: Paul Bergin 609-789-8004 or
December 17 2016
The Highland Park Community Chorus is celebrating their 30 anniversary with Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria on Saturday, December 17 at 8PM, on period instruments. Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichordist & director. Also, a world premiere by New Jersey composer Martin Sedek. 

Reformed Church of Highland Park
19-21 South 2nd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(accessible entrance)

General admission $15; students & seniors $10 (in advance or at the door).  Click here to email for more information.
February 11 2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Le Médicin & La Musique. Elegant suites and medical curiosities from the French Baroque, including Marais's musical depiction of a bladder stone operation, with readings by actor Paul Hecht. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA. 

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70. 
Phone: 609-466-8541 

*Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music

February 12 2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Le Médicin & La Musique. Elegant suites and medical curiosities from the French Baroque, including Marais's musical depiction of a bladder stone operation, with readings by actor Paul Hecht. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 PM.  Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ. 

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70. 
Phone: 609-466-8541 

*Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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