Weekly Newsletter 

 July 20, 2020 — The Bay Area Early Music Digest 
This week in Early Music: 

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.

Lorena Zapata, SFEMS's new marketing and communications manager, shares about her first months with us!

Before I joined SFEMS in February, I had worked in various industries as a marketer, but ironically never as a “music marketer," considering my background in opera. 

It wasn’t until I joined the SFEMS team that I felt reinvigorated with a sense of meaning and gratitude! I had never known what was missing until I found it, and I had found home again. To be able to participate in this community—a family dedicated to what I believe is the most beautiful and complete form of human expression—is truly an honor. I see many young professionals like me go through the motions of advancing the corporate ladder while forgetting life’s one true purpose: to live with meaning. SFEMS brings me back to my roots as a musician before I had to pivot my career, and the meaning it has restored is priceless to me. 

Since entering the communications and marketing world, I can confidently say that we are special as musicians. We have an important job on this planet to remind humankind of our innate connection with a greater, more powerful source of beauty and significance. Especially now in these trying times, when people tend to forget how innovative, creative, and passionate humankind can be, I couldn’t be happier to be able to work alongside dedicated SFEMS staff and board members filled with faith and conviction in knowing that music remains the medicine of the human spirit. And you, the SFEMS community, the core of our “why," remain the most important part of the equation, for what we put together for you can only be worthwhile when we know it moves and touches your hearts. So thank you for your undying support, for sharing this meaningful work we humbly partake in, and for allowing us into your homes to bring you joy in the form of exquisite music. Play on!


Lorena Zapata, Marketing and Communications Manager

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 are also offering three mini-series during the week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Join us on a deeper dive on various subjects!

From learning how to practice early music better to exploring the music of the Celtic nations, 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!

April Community Survey Results: Thank You for Participating!

In late April, SFEMS sent out a survey to our community to solicit input about what events and services we may continue to offer as your portal to early music in the Bay Area and beyond. We received over 320 thoughtful responses—for that, we are truly grateful!

While there remain many hurdles to overcome, the staff and board are hard at work behind the scenes to adapt our programming to meet the financial and logistical challenges posed by the pandemic. Since the survey went out, we have sponsored three months of virtual workshop sessions, as well as partnered with Early Music America to present a week of free online concerts, among other things.

We wanted to share some of our survey responses with you today so that you may get a sense of what our community is thinking about during these times. We hope that this survey and future ones will deepen our conversation about creating a sustainable future for SFEMS and early music in the Bay Area during these trying times.

Early Music Freelancers' Relief Fund: Fourth Round Now Open

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

First-, second-, and third-time grant applicants will receive priority. (You may file for a continuing grants one month after the day you turned in your previous 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.

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? Or Not Sure?

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.

To find out your membership status online, log in on our membership page. (N.B. If you use a different login email address than previously on record, please note that it will create a new, separate profile for you that will not have any membership data.)

You will then be prompted to update your contact information. If there is no change, please click "save and continue."

On the next screen, you will be able to see your membership level and expiration date (see image below). You may renew a membership within 30 days prior to the expiration date.

Early Music Corner: Bardcore

Explore a different facet of the early music world each week!
Learn more about Bardcore, a new online trend of making Medieval-style covers of pop music!

"Medieval references have had a special place in pop culture for a while now. The aesthetics of the Middle Ages—which spanned from the 5th to the 15th century—have worked their way into different corners of the content we consume, from mainstream television to meme pages. Something about a time cursed by plague, where paintings largely consisted of ugly babies, vacant stares and brutal violence, has resonated with young millennials and Gen Z. And now it’s taking over our playlists."

Enjoy this cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" from the YouTube channel Hildegard von Blingin' (sic).

Voices of Music to Offer Free Webinar About Broadcasting Online

Voices of Music will offer a free webinar on July 23 at 11AM PT to performing artists and performing arts organizations in the Bay Area. This webinar will introduce how to make video and how to go online with broadcast quality at a low or reasonable cost.

Voices of Music will include a short, easy-to-manage reference list of best practices, gear and software, and they will discuss the challenges of copyrights as well as the interconnectedness of streaming, social media, search rankings and playlists.

Facebook Post of the Week

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Our lively Facebook community brings you the latest SFEMS updates, contests, and more! Don't miss out on making new friends, fascinating discussions, and a chance to share the joy of early music!

3.6K followers and counting...

This week, we welcome our new Facebook followers!

Bill Sterling
Julie Donnelly
Parthenia Viol Consort
Raul Gomez
Sahily Cánovas
SFEMS Facebook page
SFEMS website

This Week's Events

July 25- Santa Cruz Baroque Festival – Online Concert Hall
July 26- Santa Cruz Baroque Festival – Online Concert Hall

Want your early music event featured on the SFEMS Weekly Calendar? Contact us here and online at

For events, email SFEMS's Marketing Communications Manager, Lorena Zapata at Please submit listings no later than the Thursday before the Monday publication.

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