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Non-members are welcome at all Society events by donation.

2015–2016 Season

Sat–Sun, November 21–22, 2015: Early Music Camp. The EMSNS Early Music Camp will be a fun weekend of chamber music making, guided by experienced coaches. You can sign up your existing ensemble, or you can join as an individual and a chamber group will be created for you. Highlights will include a faculty concert on Saturday and a final participants' performance on Sunday. The fee for the whole weekend will be just $20 per person ($30 for non-members).

Coaches will include music professionals Henri Gauci, Lauren Klein, Andrew Pickett and Lynette Wahlstrom, who have all agreed to volunteer their time. The venue will be St. Mark's Anglican Church, 5522 Russell St (at Gottingen), Halifax, just a short walk from the Hydrostone Market, so you'll have no trouble finding lunch! Please note that the rehearsal spaces are not wheelchair-accessible.

Saturday, November 21
9 am Registration & Welcome
10 am–12 pm Rehearsal session 1
12–2 pm Break/individual practice
2–4 pm Rehearsal session 2
7:30 pm Faculty Recital
Sunday, November 22
2–5 pm Flex rehearsal time/Rolling Dress Rehearsal
7:30 pm Participant Recital

Applications and fees must be received by noon, Monday, November 16 so that we can organize ensembles and repertoire in advance. The online application is here, and you can pay online here.

Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:00 pm: Charpentier Messe de minuit. St James Anglican Church, 2668 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax. Our annual reading of Charpentier’s Christmas Mass has become an EMSNS holiday tradition. We’ll also have a chance to sing through the ancient French carols underlying this beloved work. All singers and instrumentalists welcome (note 7 pm start time).

Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:30 pm: Mid-Winter Tune-Up. Bethany United Church, 7171 Clinton Avenue, Halifax. The ever-popular Mid-Winter Tune-Up, a chance for groups and individuals to showcase the short pieces (up to 8 minutes) they have been working on. Share your music, or come and listen! A call for participation will be circulated in December.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:30 pm: Vivaldi Reading. Room 121, Dalhousie Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Our third CAMMAC-style reading, where we explore the Vivaldi Four Seasons with leader Lauren Klein.

Saturday, March 5, 2016: Early Music Concert Showcase. 7:30 pm, MacAloney Room, Dal Arts Centre, 6101 University Avenue, Halifax. Local professional, amateur and student ensembles present a cornucopia of early music offerings in honour of Dr. David Wilson, founding EMSNS member and former chair of Dal Music.

Saturday, May 14, 2016: Annual General Meeting. 4:00 pm, All Saints Cathedral Hall, 1330 Martello St, Halifax. An awful lot of fun for a meeting! Featuring food, drink, entertainment by talented local early music performers, and the winners of this year’s Kiwanis Festival Early Music Awards.

Lecture Series

Once again this year we are delighted to introduce an annual series of lectures on various aspects of early music study and performance, featuring local and visiting experts. Lectures will take place at the Dalhousie Arts Centre; details to be announced.

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