Faculty of Music

Early Music Studio

Early Music Studio

Directors: Joseph Lanza, course coordinator; Kate Helsen, vocal ensemble; Sara-Anne Churchill, 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.

A small ensemble of singers will work on unaccompanied motets and madrigals from the Renaissance and Early Baroque, as well as pieces to be performed with a small instrumental ensemble. On occasion, soloists are chosen from this group to perform with the instrumentalists. Emphasis will be placed on clarity, intonation, and musical flexibility for both instrumental and vocal participants. Keyboardists will work continually to improving 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 (2016/2017):

All programmes held in von Kuster Hall, Music Building unless otherwise noted

DATE CHANGE: Sunday, October 23, 8 p.m. (rescheduled from Monday, October 17)

Tuesday, October 18, 11:30 a.m. (Weldon Library Atrium, Western University)

Monday, November 28, 8:00 p.m.
As part of Tafelmusik's sixth annual residency, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir director Ivars Taurins and violinist Christina Zacharias will co-lead this special programme of the Early Music Studio.

Friday, December 2, 11:30 a.m. (First St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Ave, London)

Monday, February 6, 8:00 p.m.

Monday, March 27, 8:00 p.m.