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Early Music Ensemble

The class is open to all undergraduate and graduate students interested in exploring early ensemble repertoire for voices and instruments. We will be focusing on Renaissance and Baroque repertories. We have a number of instruments available for student use including lute, baroque guitar, harpsichord, viola da gamba, and various wind instruments including Renaissance flutes. Guitarists and singers are particularly encouraged to apply. We also incorporate modern instruments—e.g. guitar, violin, oboe, etc.


Ben Dorsey, baroque violin. Senior Recital Excerpts, UCSC Recital Hall, May 2017.

Excerpts from: F. Couperin’s Prémier Concert: Sarabande, Johann Schop’s Lachrimae Pavaen, and English Country Dances: Division Upon a Ground and Moll Peatly

Ben Dorsey, baroque violin; with Nicola Canzano, harpsichord; Mélodie Michel, baroque bassoon; and Nina Treadwell, baroque guitar and theorbo


UCSC Early Music Ensemble, Excerpts from March 2015 concert.

Heinrich Biber, Gagliarda and Ciaconna

For many of the students in this concert, this was their first concert playing baroque music. We used both modern instruments (bowed strings and guitars) and replicas (harpsichord, lute).

Performers: Adam Bernal, guitar; Ben Dorsey, violin; Ryan Lambe, viola; Helen Li, violin; Samuel Shalhoub, lute; Andrew Smith, harpsichord; Nina Treadwell, director; Phil Zajic, guitar


MUSC 163 Early Music Ensemble will be offered this year during Winter and Spring  (2023-2024).

See the Auditions Schedule and the Schedule of Classes for further detail.