Early Music Ensemble – MUSA 268/468/668, M/W 2:00-3:30 Center for the Arts room 3075 and 4049
Are you interested in exploring the musical repertoire of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Galante periods? TU Early Music students can:
Try the antique version of their modern instrument
Try singing the first operatic repertoire, using early vocal techniques
Learn to play basso continuo on the harpsichord
Play chamber music on copies of period instruments
The Towson Early Music Ensemble offers many exciting possibilities for students interested in historical performance. Private instruction is available in Harpsichord, as well as large and small chamber ensembles, vocal/madrigal groups and more. EME students learn about original notation, and period performance practices like improvisation, embellishment and articulation. They will also enhance their sight-reading, diction, intonation and ensemble skills while playing and singing a wide variety of repertoires, and collaborating with other TU theatre and music ensembles. The ensemble, begun in 1995 by Professor H. Gene Griswold, has presented many years of concerts and community outreach in the Maryland area. Recent performances have included ‘Three Faces of Beowulf’, at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., ‘A Bad Day in Arcadia’, including French, English and Italian madrigals of the 16th and 17th centuries, as well as [in collaboration with Music For The Stage] a baroque opera pasticcio.
Instruments available for practice and performance include:
Sackbutts, Cornettos, Viols & Krummhorns – and others
Harpsichord students at TU:
Learn how to realize figured bass, and play basso continuo
Study repertoire from the 16th-18th centuries, in various genres & national styles
Learn about Harpsichord tuning and maintenance
Experiment with applying early keyboard fingering, articulation and other historical performance practices
For more information about auditions and off-campus concert appearances, contact Marc C. Bellassai, Instructor of Harpsichord and Early Music Ensemble Director, at 410-704-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.