About the Early Music Ensemble
The Early Music Ensemble plays Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments. Our collection includes recorders (8 sizes), viols (3 sizes), lutes, vielle, gothic harp, hurdy-gurdy, rebec, rauschpfeife, krummhorns, cornamuses, a quintet of gemshorns, cornetto, baroque oboe, baroque flute, baroque bows for string players, and access to several harpsichords and a 1740 organ housed in the Wren Chapel pitched at a =417 and in fifth-comma meantone tuning. Some students play their own old instruments, including baroque violin and baroque flute. We even had an ensemble member (Evan Callaway '12) build his own contrabass recorder. For other samples of the ensemble's playing, look for us on YouTube.
The ensemble gives two major concerts per year, in November and April, in the historic spaces in and near campus such as the 1693 Wren Chapel and the 1715 Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg; the group also performs half a dozen other times per year for local and distant events. The ensemble has performed throughout the mid-Atlantic. About 15 students per year are chosen to join the group, including, in some years, one singer per voice part. Rehearsal times are chosen at the mutual convenience of the students and the director.