Early Music Month (EMM) is a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music each March throughout the North American music community. EMM seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever.

How can I get involved?

Anyone enthusiastic about raising awareness of early music can become an EMM Partner for free and join nearly 400 individuals and organizations who have already committed to celebrate Early Music Month in their own communities.

Visit our resources page for ideas about how you can join the Early Music Month celebration, how to list your EMM event, and how EMA can celebrate YOU!

Support the Future

Early Music America provides funding for members to enhance their skills at early music workshops throughout North America and helps pay for musicians to attend the Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase. Each year, we receive many, many more qualified applicants than we can fund. 

Help EMA provide more artistic development opportunities to musicians of all ages by making a donation to the #WeAreEarlyMusic campaign during Early Music Month.

Early Music Month Daily Musical Calendar

Selections submitted members of the EMA Board, Emerging Professional Leadership Council, and Staff. Come back every day during March for more!

Lasso: La nuit froide et sombre
by Salome Gasselin, April 6, 2020

I was looking forward to coming to New York with the Ratas in April, and to sharing some of this music. There will be a next time… but until then here’s an idea for finding some color in the dark night.

I am fine, at home in the Loire Valley where things are healthy and calm for now. I have unfortunately had all of my concerts cancelled at least through July, and will have to hope that the French government doesn’t cancel artists’ ‘intermittance’ status because of cancelled concerts!

Gluck: "Sperai vicino il lido" from Demofoonte

by Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, April 3, 2020

In this piece, the character feels lost at sea, despite having thought they were close to the shore – amid the storms and the tempests of the current moment, it seems to be a set of emotions many are experiencing right now.

I have lost a few months of work, and it is certainly a challenging time. I’m taking the time to learn other music and roles I have coming down the pipeline in the coming years, and I’m trying to keep finding silver linings in the midst of this crazy time!

Kreüsser: Flute Quintetto in A Major, Op. 10, No. 2,  I. Allegro Moderato

by Sallynee Amawat/Infusion Baroque, April 1, 2020

This selection is from the latest recording of Infusion Baroque. I was on tour in Florida with this ensemble when the WHO declared COVID 19 a world-wide pandemic. I think we will all remember where we were that day when everything changed. Being away from home while this was happening was particularly stressful. Everything became uncertain, from whether our concerts would be able to go on as scheduled, to what life would be like when we got home and had to go into self-isolation. By some miracle, each of our performances went on, and each venue we played at closed to the public right after our concerts. Even though at times it was hard to get into “performance mode,” I’m glad we did, because each concert became a respite from everything else that was going on, a few hours of normalcy during very abnormal times. I’m also grateful to have been in the company of such good friends and colleagues, who maintained the highest level of professionalism throughout a very difficult and uncertain time.

The COVID 19 pandemic has been devastating for those of us in the performing arts. The spring season is always a busy time, trying to balance rehearsals, concerts, and teaching lessons. However, I, like so many others, are now at home, weathering the storm, not knowing when we will be able to work again or if we’ll be able to pay the bills in the coming weeks or months. We know musicians are not the only ones suffering, and it is hard to fathom the vast implications this pandemic will have on our communities. However, we are all in this together. I know we all look forward to making music together again some day.

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