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Early Music Foundation

Early Music Foundation (EMF) was founded by Frederick Renz and other members of the New York Pro Musica Antiqua in 1974. Upon its inception, EMF was invited to become Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.


Named “a revered institution” by The New York Times, Early Music Foundation fosters public understanding and appreciation of western culture through the highest quality, historically-informed performances of music and music drama from the 11th through the 18th centuries.


Early Music Foundation consists of the primary performing enterprise, Early Music New York - Frederick Renz, Director and a recording label, Ex cathedra. Through its service to the field project New York Early Music Central,” EMF promotes historical performances by New York City's community of early music artists; manages an ongoing, online event calendar; runs the Video Equipment Support Project (VESP) to facilitate the making of performance videos; and hosts biennial, city-wide performance projects under the “New York Early Music Celebration” banner.

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