Department of Music

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 and performance practices of Western Europe in the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, when singing and playing were as commonplace as eating and drinking. Discover the soundscape of Shakespeare’s world, the popular songs that Michelangelo hummed as he worked and more.

Members are encouraged to utilize the music department's large collection of historical instruments including recorders, krumhorns, sackbuts, curtals, viols, lutes, harps and harpsichords.

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.