EMP CHAMBER PLAYERS:  Instrumental music, in varying combinations, including collaborations with the EMP singers and viol consort. There are frequent opportunities for solo work.

The Plaint (Henry Purcell) performed by members of EMP Chamber Players, Singers, and Viol Consort

EMP SINGERS: A chamber choir, usually 3 or 4 to a part, that explores repertoire from the Middle Ages to the High Baroque, as well as occasional forays into the world of new music. There are solo and solo ensemble opportunities for interested singers.

Virgo Sancta Katherina (Nicholas Gombert) from the museum recording project

VIOL CONSORT: Our consort of treble, tenor, and bass viols plays music spanning the 16th and 17th centuries, including contrapuntal fantasies, pieces based on vocal models, and dances. Level: intermediate/advanced. Students wishing to learn the viol as beginners should request individual lessons from Sarah Cunningham sarahcunning@gmail.com and may join the consort in future semesters.

Three chansons by Claudin de Sermisy

EMPLOrk: Early Music Princeton joins forces with the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) to create electronic arrangements of early music. This option is for those that love early music and want to explore completely new and “out-of-the-box” ways of listening to and understanding this music. EMP and PLOrk students work together to create synthesized arrangements of early music, from chant and polyphony of the Middle Ages to Haydn and early Mozart, and everything in-between. Students work both individually and in groups of two or more with a variety of options, ranging in style from an exact electronic replica of the piece to a newly composed composition that has been inspired by music from said repertoire. The results are entirely new expressions of the music, unique to each student.

GarageBand, Logic, Reaper, or other programs will be used. For those that are interested but do not have knowledge of these computer programs, we will provide tutorials and mentoring every step of the way.

Dan Hudson, Oft Have I Sighed (Thomas Campion)

OUTREACH: Early Music Princeton Outreach coordinator Joyce Chen will be hosting periodic interest sessions on early music, from ground-bass improv sessions to mini early music lectures/discussion group (such as baroque affect theory, ornaments 101, and performance practice questions). Joyce will be happy to collaborate or work with individuals/collective on other projects. Please reach out to her: joyce.chen@princeton.edu