Early Music Princeton

Early Music Princeton (“EMP”), directed by harpsichordist Wendy Young, is an umbrella organization devoted to the exploration of early music, both vocal and instrumental. We welcome 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). Early Music Unleashed! is an electronic extension of EMP bringing the worlds of early and new music closer together, utilizing 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), Sarah Cunningham (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.

EMP is open to all instrumentalists and singers. We look forward to continuing to expand our repertoire and to bringing early music to both Princeton University and the community. For information regarding auditions, please contact Wendy Young (instrumentalists) or Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek (singers).

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