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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 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

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 Festival:  Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Visit this special link:  
groundsforsculpture.org/Events/Guild-for-Early-Music-Festival

Visit Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) for the 11th annual festival of the Guild for Early Music, featuring concerts of music from the 12th through the 18th century. Performances by regional ensembles will include Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music, both vocal and instrumental and will take place all afternoon on Sunday, October 18th. Festival Hours are 12:30-5pm. GFS is open 10 AM to 6 PM. 

Notable this year: the program begins with a discussion of early music performance presented by Lewis Baratz, host of WWFM’s Well-Tempered Baroque.  The performances will open with a youth concert by members of the Princeton Girlchoir.  For the first time, Radiance Ensemble, an instrumental group, will perform. In all, this year’s program includes 14 ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. 

The mini-concerts will take place within two galleries in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts. The instrumental "petting zoo" is open to all ages will take place simultaneously in the adjacent auditorium, with strolling performers outdoors in the gardens, weather permitting. 

This year’s Festival theme is “Ebb and Flow,” and sculpture tours featuring works inspired by this theme are offered without additional charge during the afternoon. As always, WWFM, The Classical Network, hosts will introduce the performers and greet their audiences. 

Admission to the festival is free with paid admission to the park: $15 Adults 18-64; $12 Seniors; $10 Students 6-17; Members and Children 5 and under are free.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

1.  EVENTS IN THE WEST GALLERY:


Time Ensemble or Event Remarks
12:30-1:00   (Visit the East Gallery) Dr. Lewis R. Baratz - opening talk

1:00-1:30 Princeton Girl's Choir

1:30-2:00 (Visit the East Gallery) Zorzal performs in the East Gallery.

2:00-2:30 Engelchor Consort Spanish music from the late 1400s and early 1500 that express a range of emotions by a variety of composers from the lively rhythms of Vesame yabra (Kiss me tonight, my husband to the religious expression of Iste Confessor.  Composers include Guerrero, del Encina, Morales, et al.

2:30-3:00 Musica Dolce Music to lift the spirit.  Baroque music for recorder, violin, and continuo (cello and harpsichord).

3:00-3:30 Armonia Medieval Love and marriage and life in the cloister.  Music by Hildegard von Bingen and the Countess of Dia, medieval Italian Lauda and the Cantigas de Santa Maria.  Voice, veille, and medieval harp.

3:30-4:00 Radiance Chamber Ensemble  Baroque chamber music for strings by Handel and Pachelbel.

4:00-4:30 La Spirita Elizabethan and Jacobean English consort songs and music for viols, the height of the English Renaissance.  Voice, viols, and lute. 

4:30-4:00 Highland Park Recorder Ensemble



2.  EVENTS IN THE EAST GALLERY:


Time Ensemble or Event Remarks
12:30-1:00   Dr. Lewis R. Baratz                    Opening Talk:  The Challenges of Performing Early Music.

1:00-1:30 (Visit the West Gallery) Princeton Girl's Choir performs in the West Gallery.

1:30-2:00 Zorzal A program of unusual and beautiful Baroque music of Spain and New World (Mexico, Guatemala, and Bolivia).
 performed on voices, recorders, guitar, cello, and percussion.

2:00-2:30 La Fiocco Music of the French Baroque, Elisa Figa, soprano, with recorder, lute, theorbo, baroque guitar, harpsichord, & viola da gamba.  Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director.

2:30-3:00 Princeton Pro Musica

3:00-3:30 Practitioners of Musick

3:30-4:00 Mostly Motets This early music choir will be performing Reniassance and Baroque works relating to water, reflecting the theme of "ebb and flow."  Palestrina's Super Flumina Babilonis, Cristobal de Morales' Vidi Aquam, Giaches de Wert Questi odorati fiori.

4:00-4:30 Les Agrèments de Musique   French Baroque music for recorder and harpsichord.

4:30-4:00 Gloria Consort


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.  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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March 12 2016
Mar-12-2016
Dryden Ensemble** presents:  Bach & Bohemia, The Mardi Considine Spring Concert. Music by Bach, Biber, Schmelzer and Zelenka, including his Lamentations of Jeremiah with Karen Clark, contralto.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
Solebury, PA 
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or email drydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

This concert will be repeated on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00PM at the Miller Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary


**The Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
March 13 2016
Mar-13-2016
Dryden Ensemble** presents:  Bach & Bohemia, The Mardi Considine Spring Concert. Music by Bach, Biber, Schmelzer and Zelenka, including his Lamentations of Jeremiah with Karen Clark, contralto.

Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Chapel
Princeton Theological Seminary
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or email drydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

**The Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
March 20 2016
Mar-20-2016
Dryden Ensemble** presents:  An Organic Bach's Birthday featuring organist Eric Plutz in an all-Bach program on the magnificent organ in Miller Chapel.

Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3 PM
Miller Chapel
Princeton Theological Seminary
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or email drydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

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

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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