Early Music Ensemble

  • Students perform with viols and recorders

    Video: Hope, performed by the Early Music Ensemble in spring 2021

  • Early Music Manuscript

    Check out the fall 2020 EME concert on YouTube!

  • Jencks Early Music Room
  • Gorham Collection Manuscript

Early Music InstrumentsJoin the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble…

...and explore the music of the 16th century, when singing and playing were as commonplace as eating and drinking. Discover the soundscape of Shakespeare’s world, and the popular songs that Michelangelo hummed as he worked.

Every student will “adopt” an historical instrument for the semester from an array of choices, from recorders of all sizes to bowed strings and harps. Weekly small-group coachings and lessons will be supplemented with demos, recordings, and online sessions, where you’ll learn to read from facsimiles of beautiful manuscripts and early printed music. 

Find out about the roots of the music you know, and open your ears to new ways to hear and collaborate. Discover the history of Western music through actively taking part in it.

Singers and instrumentalists of all kinds are welcome. All must have basic music-reading skills and some kind of ensemble background, but no prior experience with historical performance is necessary.