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San Francisco Early Music Society

Organization Member


Berkeley, CA

(510) 683-1674



Stacey Helley
(510) 683-1674


Festivals, Presenter, Regional Service Organizations


Founded in 1975, the San Francisco Early Music Society—SFEMS for short—is your portal to all things early music in the Bay Area! From presenting world-class concerts and the internationally-renowned Berkeley Festival & Exhibition to organizing educational workshops for musicians of all ages and levels, SFEMS has led the way in making the Bay Area a leader in historically informed performance.


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Voices Lost and Found with Adam Gilbert
Michel Lambert's (1610-1696) & François Couperin's (1668-1733) airs de cour reveal how a simple bass line and melody can become highly florid and ornamented, yet delicate in the repeat.
Petrucci (1501–1504) with Rotem Gilbert (FREE)
The Secret of Sound with Saskia Coolen
Master Class: Hooray for Marais (But not on viols!) with Wendy
Musica practica 2: Fun with ficta! With Adam Bregman
Handel was all the rage: A German composer, a French ouverture, and an opera in London (FREE)
Long Live Fair Oriana with Shira Kammen & Hanneke van Proosdij (FREE)
From Subtle Art to Ciconia with Rotem Gilbert
Strings Bootcamp! With Alexa Haynes-Pilon
Sound an Alarm! – or How to Play Trumpet Calls Without Being Thrown in Jail With Kris Kwapis
18th-20th century instrumental music from Turkey and the Arab World with Daphna Mor
An Harmonious Conversation: the Perfect Blending of Voices and Instruments with Bruce Dickey and Linda Pearse
Caeli et Terra: The Art of the Treble-Bass Duo with David Wilson & David Morris
Music of the Mayflower 400 Years Later with Bianca Hall
A booke of In nomines and other solfainge songes with Miyo Aoki
Canons à 3 of the 14th through the 18th Centuries with Rainer Beckmann
A Ferrabosco Fest (or, Compositional Economy on Parade) with Malachai Komanoff Bandy
Diego Ortiz's 1553 Trattado de Glosas with Katherine Heater
A World Turned Upside Down: Introduction to Roman de Fauvel with Shira Kammen
Singing a Trouvère Song
Rameau, the Other, and Les Indes galantes
The curious case of the Loeillet recorder duets
[FREE] Black Lives Matter: Honoring the Compositions of Brazilian Slaves (Lundu), and the Work of Colonial Brazil’s Important Mixed-Race Composer – José Maurício Nunes Garcia with Clea Galhano
The “Beautiful and Strange” Monteverdi Vespers with Bruce Dickey
"Kiss Me Sweet": Consort Songs of John Dowland with Rachelle Romero
Trills and Frills – Basic Baroque Essential Ornaments with Vicki Boeckman
Les Caractères de la Danse: European Dance Forms in the 18th C
Renaissance Recorder Techniques c.1500 with Rotem Gilbert
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