Early Music Studio

Coordinating Director: Joseph Lanza; Borys Medicky, keyboards

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 (2018/2019):

All concerts in von Kuster Hall, Music Building, unless otherwised noted.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 12:30 p.m., Weldon Library - Western Performs! Concert Series. The Western Performs! concert series is a collaboration between the Don Wright Faculty of Music, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), and Western Libraries.

Thursday, January 17, 8:00 p.m. - As part of their eighth annual residency at Western, Tafelmusik members Patricia Ahern, violin, and Felix Deak, cello, will join students to lead this special performance. Visit the "Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series" webpage for additional Tafelmusik concert opportunities.

Monday, February 4, 8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 8:00 p.m.