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Early Music Ensembles

Fall 2020 ensemble & audition information (pdf)
Due to the pandemic and limitations on faculty and students being physically present on more than one campus, most Early Music ensembles will not meet in person during Fall semester 2020.  Please see the pdf flyer for details.

If you think you might be interested in participating in any of the offerings, plan to sign up for an individual Zoom audition/information session, held on Aug. 25-27.  Here is the link to the sign-up: and select "Early Music." Then click on the "Sign up for Fall Auditions" button.  An audition or simply a quick chat should only take a few minutes. Please sign up for an exact time during the first week of classes and be sure to leave your email address so you can be sent the Zoom meeting ID and password.

General program description: Experience the joys of medieval, renaissance and baroque music with the Early Music Program. 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 via Zoom (Fall 2020).
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.