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


The 10th Annual Early Music Festival at Grounds For Sculpture Sunday October 12th, 2014 12:30 - 5:30

Featuring: Tenth anniversary special features Fanfares Heralds Grand finale conducted by WWFM’s Marjorie Herman with audience participation Mini-concerts all afternoon in two indoor venues Instrumental, choral, and mixed ensembles Concert Prelude by Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Strolling Musicians in the Park, weather permitting.

Free with admission to the Park $15, seniors $12, students $10, children under 6 free, members free.

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The 9th Annual Guild Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture was held on October 13, 2013.  Featuring over a dozen ensembles performed on two indoor stages, medieval, renaissance and baroque, including a youth ensemble prelude, medieval instrument demonstration, our instrumental "petting zoo," strolling singers, and sculpture tours on this year's theme, "Journeys."

All announced by hosts of WWFM, The Classical Network.

Guild member ensembles  performed in two locations, with concurrent performances.

1.  In the MAIN EVENTS space:

Time Ensemble or Event
12:30 PM-1:00 PM 

Medieval demonstration Presented by Armonia
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

No performance -
please visit the East Gallery  

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Sharim v Sharot: The World Premiere of "The Duke’s Place Suite” with melodies from 18th-century Jewish London, set in the 21 century for choir, harpsichord, cello and flute. Also presented will be “Bénissez-Nous,” a Sephardic prayer from medieval France. Elayne Robinson Grossman, Conductor and Musical Director, with Le Triomphe de l'amour, director Janet Palumbo, harpsichord, and Lynn Fergusson, cello. and Rachel Wetstein Tunkel, flute.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Musica Dolce Musica Dolce, of the Highland Park Recorder Society, will perform Alessandro Scarlatti's Sonata in F Major [or 3 alto recorders and basso continuo, and Johann Christian Schickhardt's Sonata in D minor for 2 alto recorders, violin, and basso continuo.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Engelchor Consort The Engelchor Consort will present a program of Medieval music from Spain and Portugal, including hymns to the Virgin Mary and songs sung by pilgrims visiting holy shrines. Voices, recorders, vielles, gemshorn, harp, gittern and percussion.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mostly Motets Renaissance music for choir.  
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Zorzal Songs from Renaissance Spain, from the Sephardic tradition, and folk-style music from Baroque era Latin America. Lynn Gumert, artistic director, soprano, recorder, percussion; Kate Chen, soprano; Carlos Fernandez, tenor, guitar, percussion; Doug Helvering, baritone, percussion;  Megan Helvering, mezzo; Minju Lee, harpsichord, Hanka Speldova, recorder; Janet Walker, cello.

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Vox Fidelis A cappella vocal ensemble specializing in early music will perform music about love drawn from Renaissance composers of England, France, Italy and Spain.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

La Spirita
English Renaissance music for five viols, and for voice and viols, by Dowland, Purcell, Holborne, and others. Songs, dances, fantasias, and a contemporary setting by Will Ayton of a madrigal favorite.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Petting Zoo
Come try some instruments!!

2.  In the EAST GALLERY :

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

Youth Orchestra of Bucks County
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Princeton Recorder Society

The Princeton Recorder Society's Performing Ensemble will present a series of short Renaissance pieces for soprano, alto, tenor and bass instruments under the direction of Sue Parisi.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Dryden Ensemble
A trio of musicians from Dryden Ensemble will perform music from 17th-century England, including airs and dances by Henry Purcell, solo works for lyra viol by Tobias Hume and Richard Sumarte, and pieces for lyra viol with violin by Ferrabosco and others. Violinist Vita Wallace and oboist Jane McKinley will be joined by Lisa Terry, bass viol.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

La Fiocco
Francesco Mancini, concerto for recorder, strings, and continuo in E minor (Naples, 1725); William Croft, A song with symphony; and Henry Purcell, Hark! Each Tree.  Joseph Hill, countertenor; Benjamin T. Berman, tenor and harpsichord; Jonathan Goya and Agnes Sinkems, baroque violin; Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director, recorder, and harpsichord; Antonio Arosemena, recorder and baroque bassoon; Lynn Fergusson, baroque cello; Minju Lee, harpsichord.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Spectra Musica Renaissance loud band music.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Gloria Consort Baroque Ensemble

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Flauto Dolce Duo Virtuoso music for recorder and harpsichord by J. S. Bach, G. Ph. Telemann, and Godrey Finger.  Recorder player Lewis R. Baratz and harpsichordist Sean Price.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Les Agrements de musique  
and Practitioners of Musick
Chamber works from the Court of Louis XIV.  Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, recorder;  The Practitioners of Musick perform "Mr. Handel's Playhouse Airs."  John Burkhalter, recorder, and Donovan Klotzbeacher, harpsichord


* 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.

Lady Ashton, harpsichordist Lewis Baratz, and baroque flutist Michelle Cosgrove performing at a Colonial event in Franklin Township, NJ.
Musica Dolce members Lea Karpman, Dean Poulson, Donna Messer, and Janet Walker (seated).
Donna Fournier, Janet Palumbo, and soprano Laura Heimes perform as Le Triomphe de L'Amour.

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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