UTEP Early Music Ensemble
The UTEP Early Music Ensemble performs music of a wide variety of styles from the Renaissance and Baroque periods - approximately the 15th through the early 18th century. Under the directorship of Dr. Lindsey Macchiarella, students in this ensemble learn to adapt their skills on modern wind, string, and keyboard instruments, to their historical counterparts, recorder, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Students are divided into quartets and trios for chamber music rehearsal; the early music rehearsal schedule is planned around each student’s class schedule. Students interested in joining the ensemble are not expected to know how to play recorder or viola da gamba prior to joining, but being able to sight-read music is a requirement. Contact Dr. Macchiarella to join: email@example.com
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The Recorder is an end-blown flute that typically comes in four different sizes: soprano and tenor, in the key of C, and alto and bass, in the key of F.
The Viola da Gamba is an early cousin of the cello. It is a six-string, bowed instrument, held between the legs. This instrument is typically played in three sizes, treble, tenor, and bass.