The Early Music Ensemble (EME) specializes in the unique,
surprising, and extravagant music of the medieval, Renaissance,
and Baroque periods of Western music. Participants will explore
the repertoire of these centuries through performance with an
emphasis on questions of style, historical practice, notation,
intuition, and expression. EME offers ensembles for both
vocalists and instrumentalists as well as collaborative
EME Vocal Ensemble
The EME Vocal Ensemble is open to students, faculty/staff, and
community members wishing to sing early music in an ensemble
setting. Interested singers MUST complete a Choral Placement Hearing to
EME Instrumental Chamber Ensembles
The EME Instrumental Chamber Ensembles are open to
instrumentalists of all backgrounds who wish to explore
performance on historical instruments. Students will be placed
into small chamber ensembles based on instrumentation,
background, and musical goals. No prior experience with
historical instruments is necessary! Please check this page again
in December for information about joining for Winter 2022.
All prospective singers MUST schedule and complete
a Choral Placement Hearing.
Choral Placement Hearings for Winter 2022 are
closed. Please check back in late February for
information about joining a choir in Spring 2022.
Choral Placement Hearings are very short (10 minutes or
less) and are as painless as possible. Think of
it as a miniature voice lesson with an
opportunity to connect
with me one-on-one. The goal of
the Choral Placement Hearing is to determine which
choir(s) might be the best fit for you.
There is a UC Davis choir for everyone!
Your Choral Placement Hearing will include:
Vocal warmup and range exploration
Short musicianship exercises (matching
pitches and/or sight reading)
1–2 minutes of something you love to sing. This
could be a pop song, an aria, Happy Birthday, or
anything that feels comfortable in your
voice. Plan to sing unaccompanied (by
yourself without piano, guitar, etc.).
Brief chat about your musical goals, why you
love singing, and which choir(s) might be the best fit for
Please plan to arrive to Room 130 (Erik’s office) a few minutes
before your scheduled time to fill out a brief questionnaire. I’m
looking forward to meeting you!
A note about reading music
There are many equally valid ways to learn
music. For your Choral Placement Hearing, I am curious
about how you personally learn music right
now. That might be by reading music, that might be by ear, that
might be by some system unique to
you. The short musicianship exercises are
not tests, they’re just small parts of
helping me understand you as a singer.