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The Women Who Preserved Music in Latin America

The Women Who Preserved Music in Latin America

Patricia García Gil
The latest essay in EMA's 'Early Music: the Americas' series looks into the private notebooks of two women who preserved music of Latin American and European composers -- music that in some cases is found nowhere else.
Early Music Rocks the Video Game Universe

Early Music Rocks the Video Game Universe

Karen M. Cook
Video games generate more revenue than the movie industry, and many games are set in 'legendary times' that cry out for an early music soundtrack. As technology improves, many games employ early music not just as background but as element of play.
Hearing New Sounds from Very Old Instruments

Hearing New Sounds from Very Old Instruments

Parker Ramsay
There's much to learn about period instrument via the sounds they're capable of making. Composers today are exploring the edges of historical performance practice in fresh and unexpected ways.
Brandi Berry Benson named 2023 Recipient of Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship

Brandi Berry Benson named 2023 Recipient of Thomas Zajac Memorial Scholarship

Benson plans to use the scholarship to explore the intersections between Chickasaw and Choctaw dance and song traditions and the musical styles and genres of European settlers in 18th and 19th century North America. 
Canto: Toward a Rebirth of Renaissance Choral Repertoire

Canto: Toward a Rebirth of Renaissance Choral Repertoire

David Simmons Wood
Why is Renaissance choral music mostly absent in U.S. schools? From an emphasis on living composers and 'vertical' harmonies to choral directors themselves unfamiliar with the repertoire, there's a lot to discuss. A choir director asks the questions and offers possible solutions.
America's First Published Black Composer?

America’s First Published Black Composer?

Sophie Genevieve Lowe
Season 2 of "Early Music: the Americas," an online series of scholarship and storytelling from EMA's Emerging Professional Leadership Council, starts with an article on the fascinating life and music of Occramer Marycoo (aka Newport Gardner), perhaps America's first Black published composer.
TOIL & TROUBLE: A Degree in Early Music? Really?

TOIL & TROUBLE: A Degree in Early Music? Really?

Judith Malafronte
Do students need a degree in historical performance to enter the field of early music? Most instrumentalists are positive about the need for a specialized degree. Singers? Not so much. But for anyone considering a degree in early music, ask yourself, “What does the program offer?”
Period Instruments? Yes. Period Costumes? Uh...

Period Instruments? Yes. Period Costumes? Uh…

Anne E. Johnson
Are clothes of the period part of a historically accurate performance? Opinions vary about what constitutes an acceptable period outfit, but advocates of historical attire in early music have one thing in common: They believe the costume helps enrich the music’s context.
Reflections on 400 Years of Sephardic Choral Music

Reflections on 400 Years of Sephardic Choral Music

Ian Pomerantz
From the 17th century onward, choral music became the defining feature of the musical identity of Western Sephardic Jews.
Apprentices as Colleagues and Sometimes as Teachers

Apprentices as Colleagues and Sometimes as Teachers

Anne E. Johnson
The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado started an apprentice program in 2007, in part to mentor the next generation, to scout for new members, and to bring fresh perspectives into the ensemble. They've succeeded in all these aspects.

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