Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble: Home
Welcome to the website of the Texas Tech Early Music Ensemble!
The Texas Tech University Early Music Ensemble was founded by director Angela Mariani in 2001 in order to create a forum for Texas Tech School of Music students to explore medieval and Renaissance music through the medium of performance. The experience of working with period instruments and investigating the performance processes of early western music is enjoyable, illuminating, and also deepens our understanding of the music to which we are introduced in our music history classes and seminars.
Our “Early Music Ensemble” is actually comprised of several different groups, and our players and singers can take part in any or all of them. Currently, we have a Viol Consort, a Recorder Consort; a Hildegard Chant Choir, created to explore the works of medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen; a mixed vocal/instrumental "Collegium Musicum;" and the Early Byrds vocal ensemble.
In some semesters, we have also performed early Baroque repertoire (such as Monteverdi, or "Music from an English Masque.") Each winter holiday season, we also contribute some music to the Texas Tech Madrigal Singers’ annual Madrigal Dinner banquet, as we get in the Yuletide spirit.
One of the most rewarding things about the TTU Early Music Ensemble is the feeling of camaraderie amongst all of our players and singers. Sure, it’s fun to play historical instruments – but the most important part of it is the fact that we are all learning together in a spirit of community.
Here on our website you'll find information about our ensemble, plus photos, sound files, info about our programs and projects, and a concert calendar. Enjoy!