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.
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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
- 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).
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.
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.