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!

Purcell: If Musick Be the Food of Love
by Sarah Pillow, March 30, 2020

It is a joyful song, Henry Purcell is one of my favorite composers, and what the world needs now is Musick, Musick Musick!

I was very much looking forward to the joyous occasion of singing Easter services, a recital in May, two festivals in Europe in June, and a recording project in July, which may still be possible, but who knows? I think the worst part of all of this is, indeed, all the unknowns…..and how something so small has so much power over all of our lives.

Castello: Sonata Prima from Sonate Concertate in Stil Moderno

by Danilo Bonina/Shanghai Camerata, March 29, 2020

“I am very fond of Dario Castello. Is it the obscurity surrounding is life? the tension and drama, but also the mystery, we hear and feel in his music? He certainly was a composer of great personality and his music one of the great expressions of Stylus Fantasticus.

This is a recording I had the pleasure to make with the wonderful ensemble Shanghai Camerata. The whole CD was recorded in one day, in less than 8 hours. I remember walking out of these huge recording studios in Shanghai with relief, Castello’s first sonata had made it into the already tight recording session, barely! This track is the result of less than 2 recorded takes, in a way it is almost a live performance. Enjoy!

Like anybody else working in our field. I am teaching some of my students via videoconference, performances have all been canceled for the entire months of March and April… crossing fingers for May, but who knows? things are uncertain.

Duphly: Les Grâces, tendrement (Troisième Livre de Pièces de Clavecin 1756)

by Aya Hamada, March 28, 2020

The piece is from my debut recording, which was made at Chapelle de l’hôpital Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in Paris. It was played on the “Nicholas Lefebvre 1755 / Martin Skowroneck 1984”: the harpsichord Gustav Leonhardt owned until his death in 2012.

“All my recitals (which includes the one for Music Before 1800 and Harpsichord Heaven) were cancelled, as well as the recording sessions for my next CD on the historical Ruckers harpsichord (1632/1745) at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.”

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