About The Organization

Early Music Seattle is the area’s largest presenter of early music and related educational programs. Its mainstage events include Seattle Baroque Orchestra at Nordstrom Recital Hall and internationally-renowned touring artists at other venues including Seattle First Baptist Church, St. James Cathedral, and Bastyr University Chapel.

 

Mission

To present outstanding early music, use early music to enrich cultural heritage via education and outreach, and engage new audiences through inclusivity and openness.

 

Vision

Early Music Seattle leads in enriching cultural life in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Values

Artistic Excellence

Compelling, historically informed performances by great artists.

Education

Greater awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of early music.

Community Outreach

Inclusivity and equity for audiences and performers.

 

History

Formed in 1977 as Early Music Guild, Early Music Seattle is now the area’s largest presenter of early music, including the International Series and Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and related educational programs serving 2,400 students in Seattle Public Schools annually and more than 100 amateur musicians.

The International Series

The International Series brings the finest early music performers from all over the world to Seattle. Frans Brüggen, Gustav Leonhardt, The English Concert, Tafelmusik, Jordi Savall, Andrew Manze, The King’s Singers, and the Tallis Scholars are just a few of the artists who have made the International Series one of Seattle’s best-loved chamber music series over its 40 year history.

Seattle Baroque Orchestra

Seattle Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1994 by violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, and it quickly established itself as one of the most vibrant of the American early music ensembles. Now under the direction of Alexander Weimann, they perform four programs each season. The Orchestra has toured North America, been featured extensively on National Public Radio, and garnered rave reviews for its six recordings, while winning loyal fans in Seattle for the excitement and intimacy of their live performances.

Early Music Seattle frequently partners with local venues and artists to program innovative and multidisciplinary projects, including the presentation of operas and educational workshops. Artistic partners include Meany Center for the Performing Arts, ACT, Seattle Theatre Group, Spectrum Dance Company, and Seattle Early Dance. The last two years have seen a fruitful collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Victoria, B.C.’s Early Music Society of the Islands to create large-scale works performed in Seattle, Portland, Victoria, and Vancouver, B.C.

 
“Thank you very much…The performers were highly entertaining and theatrical and really held the audience’s interest and enthusiasm.”