Weekly Newsletter 

 July 6, 2020 — The Bay Area Early Music Digest 
This week in Early Music: 
In observance of Independence Day, the SFEMS office will be closed Monday, July 6.

A Note From Us

Every week as we navigate our new world together, we'll have a brief note keeping you updated about what is happening at SFEMS.

We wish everyone had a safe and healthy July 4th! We look forward to bringing everyone more music this coming weekend.

Derek Tam, Executive Director

Virtual Sessions: July Registration is Now Open!

Registration for our third month of classes is now open!

In addition to our weekend offerings Friday–Sunday, we will also offer three mini-series during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Join us on a deeper dive on various subjects!

The mini-series registration will open this week. Stay tuned.

From singing lost Renaissance songs to exploring Handel’s strategic use of the trumpets in Messiah, there is something for everyone!

Important Virtual Sessions Registration Information

Please select classes directly for purchase from our ticketing page. Once you complete your order, your emailed receipt will contain the option to "print your ticket(s)". Please click on that link, and a ticket will open in your browser with a clickable Zoom link for your class sessions. If available, a link for the class materials is also provided in the PDF ticket. Please click on the Zoom link, or use the user ID or password to connect, when the time comes for the class.


Nervous about Zoom? Please feel free to refer to our Zoom FAQ sheet for any questions about the platform. We will be using the “waiting room” feature and the moderator (SFEMS Workshops) will admit you. You’ll all join muted, and will let the instructor guide you from there.
If you have any technical issues during the session, please use the chat feature to contact the moderator!

Welcome to Our New Affiliate: Calextone

The SFEMS Board would like to welcome our newest affiliate. 

Calextone is Allison Zelles Lloyd, voice and harp; Frances Blaker, recorder and hammered dulcimer; Letitia Berlin, recorder, douçaine and psaltery; Shira Kammen, vielle, harp and voice. The group specializes in the music of western Europe from the 13th through the 15th centuries.

Calextone members are currently working on a socially-distanced version of the following timely project and are gratefully accepting donations to help us complete it: 
Boccaccio’s Decameron: A Multimedia Presentation of the Ages

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Virtual Workshops

As musical activities ground to a halt earlier this year throughout the country, SFEMS was faced with the prospect of suspending its summer educational workshops for early music, which draw several hundred participants annually to the Bay Area in June and July. Fortunately, we were able to create the virtual workshops!

Get a behind-the-scenes look in this wonderful article, featuring quotes from several of our wonderful directors, faculty, and participants!


Early Music Freelancers' Relief Fund: Third Round Now Open

Relief fund grant recipients may apply for a third grant one month after the date they turned in their second grant applications. If you have continuing need, please resubmit your application with documentation demonstrating your continuing need.

First-time and second-time grant applicants will receive priority. (You may file for a second grant one month after the day you turned in your initial application).

As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks an unprecedented financial toll on the world economy, our local early music freelancers have been particularly hit hard. Months of work have dried up in days, leaving many musicians on the brink of financial ruin.

In an effort to help our musicians, the SFEMS board has taken the lead in setting up a short-term relief fund for local early music freelancers. Since then, we have received over $40,000 in donations. This fund will provide one-time, first-come first-served $250 grants to musicians in need, and will do so until funds run out.

SFEMS Seeks New Board Members

Every year, The San Francisco Early Music Society seeks new members for its Board of Directors. In this time of great uncertainty, we are seeking board members who are willing to contribute their time, talent, and treasure to maintain and build SFEMS’s position as a leader in the field of historically informed performance.

The ideal board member is not only passionate about early music, but will also be in a position to increase their present level of support, both through monetary contributions and through the exercise of valuable skills. Learn more about our how to nominate potential board members by clicking below.

Support SFEMS by Becoming a Member

Your support is more important than ever! Since 1975, SFEMS has presented high quality concerts, up-to-date publications, and some of the best education programs available anywhere. All this has contributed to the Bay Area’s reputation as one of America’s leading centers for the performance of early music.

As a community membership organization, we want to invite you to join in the fun! Learn more below about membership and how to donate.

Are You Already a Member?

If your membership renewal is due in the next several months but you are encountering financial difficulties, please contact administrator Stacey Helley at No membership will lapse during the current crisis if we are informed that you would like to continue being a SFEMS member.

Early Music Corner: Black and Brown Composers in Baroque Latin America

Explore a different facet of the early music world each week!

Presented by Henry Lebedinsky and hosted by Maria Romero, this is "an introduction to and survey of repertoire by composers of color and native-born South American composers from Brazil, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, and Bolivia from 1600 to 1800, with an emphasis on villancicos, cantatas, and other works for voices and chamber ensemble. Discussion topics include African and native influences, programming ideas, and sourcing of scores and performance materials."

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This Week's Events

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