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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



MARCH WAS 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)



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).



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SAVE THE DATE:
The 12th Annual Festival at the Grounds For Sculpture will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016.


The Guild's 11th Annual Grounds For Sculpture Festival was held on Sunday, October 18, 2015.
The program began with a discussion of early music performance presented by Lewis Baratz, host of WWFM’s Well-Tempered Baroque.  The performances opened with a youth concert by members of the Princeton Girlchoir.  For the first time, Radiance Ensemble, an instrumental group, performed. In all, this year’s program includes 14 ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. 

The mini-concerts took 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 was “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, hosted will introduce the performers and greet their audiences.



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 08 2016
Oct-08-2016
Dryden Ensemble's Autumn Benefit: Festa d'Autunno.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 A special event hosted by Judith Scheide featuring soprano Julianne Baird.  
An Italian feast and silent auction will follow the concert. Reservations required. 609-466-8541 or contact drydenensemble@gmail.com.
 
October 29 2016
Oct-29-2016
GOLDEN AGE OF THE COUNTERTENOR – Our 2016-2017 Season Opener.

La Fiocco opens its new season with international opera star Ray Chenez, countertenor, a First Prize winner of the 2014 George London Award, and emerging artist countertenor Daniel Moody, a Tanglewood Festival young artist. With La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble. 

Virtuosic arias and duos music by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, & Vinci.  Instrumental overtures by Purcell & Handel, and Giuseppe Sammartini's Concerto for soprano recorder, strings, and continuo in F Major. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:30PM -  United Methodist Church 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ

$25 general audience, $10 students, free to 12 & younger with an adult. 
At the door (cash/check) or click here to purchase tickets online.   For more information, visit lafiocco.org
This concert will also be presented on October 30th at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
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October 30 2016
Oct-30-2016
GOLDEN AGE OF THE COUNTERTENOR – Our 2016-2017 Season Opener.

La Fiocco opens its new season with international opera star Ray Chenez, countertenor, a First Prize winner of the 2014 George London Award, and emerging artist countertenor Daniel Moody, a Tanglewood Festival young artist. With La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble. 

Virtuosic arias and duos music by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, & Vinci.  Instrumental overtures by Purcell & Handel, and Giuseppe Sammartini's Concerto for soprano recorder, strings, and continuo in F Major. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 3 PM -  Trinity Episcopal Church 6587 Upper York Rd, Solebury, PA

$25 general audience, $10 students, free to 12 & younger with an adult. 
At the door (cash/check) or click here to purchase tickets online.   For more information, visit lafiocco.org

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
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November 05 2016
Nov-05-2016
Dryden Ensemble** season opener:  From Corelli to Bach. Make It A Double! 
Glorious concertos by masters of the form: Corelli, Vivaldi, Muffat, Handel, and Bach, including the Bach Double for two violins and Vivaldi's doubles for pairs of oboes and cellos.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM. 
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ
This concert will be also be presented on Sunday, November 6, 3 PM at 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;  

For more information, visit:  drydenensemble.org or call 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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