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Early Music Ensembles

Spring 2020 ensemble & audition information (pdf)
Early Music "Painless" Auditions for singers and all kinds of instrumentalists.
UMass times in Room 170, Fine Arts Center, week of Jan. 21-24:
Wed. Jan. 22, 4:00-5:30pm
Fri. Jan. 24, 11:00am - 1:00pm
See the flyer for times at the other colleges and more info about the ensembles.

Experience the joys of medieval, renaissance and baroque music with the Early Music Program, with many of our groups meeting at UMass. Ensembles include an SATB Renaissance choir (the Collegium), baroque orchestra and chamber music (Euridice Ensembles), medieval ensemble, and women's vocal ensemble. Modern string and wind players are welcome- the program has a substantial collection of early instruments. You might consider beginning viol, recorder, lute or harpsichord, too. There is something for everyone! Credit available. Painless auditions take place in 170 FAC.
Contact Prof. Eisenstein at for further information.

Please refer to the Five College Early Music website for detailed information about the Early Music program. 

Robert Eisenstein, director
A small SATB choir, performing Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque music, with opportunities for vocal solos. Students may also participate instrumentally. The Early Music Program has a collection of historical instruments for student use, including viols, baroque violins/viola/cello, lute, medieval instruments such as harp and vielle and psaltery, and Renaissance winds and brass, including sackbuts, dulcians, shawms, recorders, and flutes.

Robert Eisenstein, director
Baroque chamber ensembles for historical and modern instruments. Early Music Program faculty members coach and play in these ensembles. Some baroque stringed instruments and bows and baroque flutes are available for student use. Ensembles generally include a harpsichord as well.

The Women's Vocal Ensemble of the Five College Early Music Program
Catherine Bell, director
Performs primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and traditional European music.