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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 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.  


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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.


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The 13th Guild for Early Music Festival at Grounds For Sculpture will be Sunday March 18th, 2018 12:30 to 5:30 PM.  The Festival will featuring music of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American eras, and celebrating J. S. Bach’s 333rd birthday.







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.  

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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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October 23 2017
Oct-23-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society’s monthly playing session on Monday, October 23, 2017, 7-9 P.M with esteemed guest conductor Rainer Beckmann. Please arrive at 6:30 with your instruments and music stand to set up in the Parlor Room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South Second Ave., Highland Park, NJ. Free parking  in back of the church reached via Magnolia Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. ADA handicapped accessible. This session is FREE to first timers and members. Please click below on on "read more about this event" for information about the Highland Park Recorder Society, future playing sessions and on our guest conductor.

*Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
 
October 28 2017
Oct-28-2017
Enter the profound world of J. S. Bach and his musical forebears in this program of German Baroque sinfonias and cantatas featuring countertenor Daniel MoodyWith Linda Kistler & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins, Vivian Barton Dozor, viola da gamba, Benjamin Berman, organ & harpsichord, and artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord. Music of Heinrich Schütz, Casper Kittel, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Pachelbel, Dieterich Buxtehude, and Bach family members Johann Michael, Johann Christoph, and the incomparable Johann Sebastian.

Saturday, October 28th, 7:30 PM 
Note new venue:  
Lutheran Church of the Messiah
407 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ
Parking behind on the church and on side streets.

$25 general audience, $10 students, 12 & under, free
Cash/check at the door or click here to purchase tickets online.

La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
October 29 2017
Oct-29-2017
Enter the profound world of J. S. Bach and his musical forebears in this program of German Baroque sinfonias and cantatas featuring countertenor Daniel MoodyWith Linda Kistler & Dan McCarthy, baroque violins, Vivian Barton Dozor, viola da gamba, Benjamin Berman, organ & harpsichord, and artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord. Music of Heinrich Schütz, Casper Kittel, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johann Philipp Krieger, Johann Pachelbel, Dieterich Buxtehude, and Bach family members Johann Michael, Johann Christoph, and the incomparable Johann Sebastian.

Sunday, October 29th, 3:00 PM 
Trinity Episcopal Church
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

$25 general audience, $10 students, 12 & under, free
Cash/check at the door at click here to purchase tickets online.

*La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
November 04 2017
Nov-04-2017
Riverview Early Music* presents BEDLAM:  Kayleen Sanchez, soprano, and Laudon Schuett, lute, Saturday. Nov. 4 at 8:00 PM. Lute songs and solos of the 16th and 17th centuries with guest performer John Lacombe, lute and cittern, joining for some songs and lute duets.  At the historic 1867 Sanctuary  101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ
 
Tickets available through the 1867 Sanctuary website (1867sanctuary.org/event/bedlam/) or at the door (Cash): $20 General Admission • $15 Friends of the Sanctuary • $5 Students with ID.

*Riverview Early Music is a member of the Guild of 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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