Early Music Studio

Directors: Joseph Lanza, course coordinator; Borys Medicky, keyboards and chamber music

The Early Music Studio (EMS) generally explores music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. We strive to recreate music of this period by discovering the performance style in use at the time of its composition. Because the ensemble includes performance on copies of period instruments, it operates at a lower pitch: usually, A=415, sometimes, A=430. Directors often perform with students on our four yearly programmes. The early Music Studio has an ongoing relationship with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir -  an annual residency. Some details of this can be found below.

Instruments, Repertoire and Approach:

EMS instrumentalists perform on copies of Baroque and Classical string, wind and keyboard instruments supplied by the Faculty; they will explore a variety of mostly baroque repertoire.

Keyboardists will work continually to improve their figure-reading skills, with a goal of being mostly fluent by the end of the second term.

Courses Offered:

Please note: The EMS is available either as a large ensemble credit (except for orchestral string players) or as a course credit (course 2971a/2972b, 3971a/3972b, 4971a/4972b, 9568a/9569b.)


Audition required. EMS audition information can be found here.


Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

See course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2017/2018):

All concerts in von Kuster Hall, Music Building unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m. - Early Music Studio at Weldon Library: Western Performs!

Wednesday, October 18, 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 6, 8:00 p.m.

Monday, February 5, 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 9, 12:30 p.m. - Western's Friday's at 12:30 - Dr. Sophie Louise Roland and Joseph Lanza, along with selected students of the Early Music Studio, present a concert of Italian baroque music.

Friday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. - “Fridays” concert series as part of the Western/Tafelmusik's 7th annual residency, members of Tafelmusik will perform baroque chamber music on period instruments.

Monday, March 5, 8:00 p.m. - As part of their seventh annual residency at Western, members of Tafelmusik will join students of the Early Music Studio to lead this special performance.

Monday, March 26, 8:00 p.m.