Early Music Guild Programs
Early Music Guild's five-concert International Series has presented the world's greatest early music performmances to Seattle audiences for 35 years. The series is in residence at Town Hall Seattle.
The Early Music Guild presents the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, directed by violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, in five concerts annually at Town Hall. Seattle Baroque Orchestra merged with the Early Music Guild on July 1, 2010 and is now a program of the Early Music Guild. The series is in residence at Town Hall Seattle.
Early Music Guild's First Tuesdays concerts and Early Music Fridays concerts present 16 concerts annually by the Pacific Northwest's community of professional early music performers. Concerts are presented in partnership with Trinity Parish Church at 8th and James in Seattle (First Tuesday) and Northlake Unitarian Church in Kirkland (Early Music Fridays).
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
On July 1, 2010, the Early Music Guild merged with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, one of only a few non-profit arts mergers in recent history in this region. The merger has been an unqualified success, with board members, artistic directors, staff, audiences, and contributors working together to present great performances of early music in Seattle and the broader region.
After 20 years, the co-founding directors of Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Ingrid Matthews and Byron Schenkman, will retire at the end of the 2012-13 season. Early Music Guild will launch a search to replace them in March 2013.