Early Music Ensemble
Join 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. We’ll team up with students from across the country who are discovering early music in their own programs: get to know an online “practice buddy” and share your explorations and discoveries while you become familiar with your instrument.
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. A Zoom interview will serve in lieu of an audition.