Early Music Princeton

Early Music Princeton (EMP), directed by harpsichordist Wendy Young, is an umbrella organization devoted to the exploration of early music for graduate and undergraduate students in all disciplines, as well as faculty and staff members at Princeton University. Members of Early Music Princeton study and perform vocal and instrumental repertoire spanning the centuries from Medieval and Renaissance to High Baroque, with a special focus on historical performance practices. EMP’s ensembles include the Early Music Princeton Singers, Viol Consort, and Chamber Players (both modern and original instruments). EMP Unleashed! utilizes a variety of computer programs, baroque instruments, and the human voice, to reinterpret “old” music in “new” ways.

EMP has a large instrument collection, including harpsichords, violins, viola, cello, a full range of viols, and Baroque bows, to name but a few, allowing for the exploration and performance of a wide range of repertoire.

Wendy Young is joined by faculty members Nancy Wilson (Baroque Violin and Viola), Arnie Tanimoto (Viola da gamba and Baroque Cello), and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (Soprano), all internationally renowned early music specialists. EMP also has an Outreach program, focusing on taking early music beyond the university campus, as well as organizing interactive workshops for both students and the community.

We look forward to continuing to expand our repertoire and to bringing early music to both Princeton University and the community.

EMP ensembles usually meet on Friday afternoons. Rehearsals and coachings are scheduled between 11am and 4:30pm, exact times for each ensemble TBD. If your group cannot meet on Friday afternoon, we will do our best to accommodate an alternate rehearsal time.

Private lessons are offered by our faculty. Undergraduate instrumentalists and singers who participate in an EMP ensemble may qualify for subsidized lessons. Contact our faculty for more information:

Wendy Young, Director and Harpsichord

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Soprano

Arnie Tanimoto, Viola da gamba and Baroque Cello

Nancy Wilson, Baroque Violin and Viola

All Ensembles