The Early Music Ensemble is dedicated to vocal and instrumental music from historical periods prior to 1800, with particular emphasis on Western repertories not usually covered by other UCLA ensembles. The mission of the course is dual: to explore historical repertories and performance practices with depth and rigor, and to bring the results of these explorations to a high performance level. Founding Director Elisabeth Le Guin was an original member of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and has made over 40 recordings of early music; her scholarship has transformed the study of early music performance as a theoretical and practical field.
Recovering Lost Stories in Early Music
It is tempting to fit diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into a box labeled campus practice and politics. But for the Early Music Ensemble at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, DEI is about faithfully recovering historical worlds through better performance and scholarship. “For so long, music history has been taught through the lives