Butler School of Music
Early Music Ensemble

Early Music Ensemble

The UT Early Music Ensemble promotes historically informed performances of vocal and instrumental works from the Middle Ages to the Classical Era using both period and modern instruments. The aim of the ensemble is to familiarize students and audiences with masterpieces and lesser-known music and musicians through a critical study of style and performance practices.
The ensemble
The ensemble is variable in number and involves students with diverse experience and knowledge of music. The instrumental groups use the ensemble instrument collection including viole da gamba, baroque strings, natural trumpets and horns, baroque bassoon, oboe, and traverso, lute, recorders, early keyboards, krumhorns, shawms, and more.
The realization of historically informed performances is achieved through an extensive work on aspects such as articulation, phrasing, improvisation, that are crucial to the understanding and interpretation of early music.
The EME is a formative experience which offers opportunities to expand the performance repertory, approach the standard repertory from distinctive perspectives, and develop the awareness of techniques and interpretations that can become part of the performers' resources. For the realization of these ideals, the ensemble encourages experimentation and collaborations with other divisions and ensembles.

How to join:
Participation is open to all UT students and staff. Audition is required only for special projects.
For more information or to make donations to this ensemble please contact Dr. Guido Olivieri

How to join

When: Monday nights 6-9pm

Where: MRH 6.252.

How to register: open enrollment: MUS 180K, Unique #22460; ENS 107S, Unique # 25875

Play what: All instruments and voices; plus period instruments available from the school.

Repertory: music from the Middle Ages to 1800.

Announced when: N/A (contact Dr. G. Olivieri: olivieri@austin.utexas.edu)