The UNM Early Music Ensemble is a chamber ensemble in which students perform music from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras in music history. Both vocal and instrumental styles are covered in the class repertoire, and students learn to play replicas of historic instruments from these time periods.

  Fall 2010 Performance

The department has available for student use a number of period instruments, including recorders, crumhorns and shawms in various sizes, a set of violas da gamba, a medieval (Memling) harp, a Celtic harp, vielle, psaltery, Baroque flute, lute, two rebecs, a portative organ and more. The department also maintains several harpsichords for students who wish to study, including two Hubbard French double manual instruments (one of which is transposing), a Zuckermann single manual. a Zuckermann Italian virginal and a Hubbard Flemish single-manual after Hans Moermans. The class performs each semester in Keller Hall, which was named for Dr. Walter Keller, the faculty member who formed the ensemble (then called the UNM Collegium Musicum) in 1965.
  Ensemble in Rehearsal

Spring 2006 concert  

The Early Music Ensemble is open to all students, both majors and non-majors, as well as to members of the community. Both instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Previous acquaintance with medieval, Renaissance or Baroque music is not required, but a student should be able to read music (singing or playing).

The class meets Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:15 to 6:45 during the fall and spring semesters.

For more information or to schedule an informal audition, please contact the director, Colleen Sheinberg, at (505) 277-8401, or via e-mail at



Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.  Keller Hall, free admission.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.  Keller Hall, free admission.

Performance on Medieval Lecture Series 2006

Flashback: EME in November 1976!
Early Music Ensemble in 1976

Standing L to R: Robert Shlaer, Karl Hinterbichler, Art Sheinberg, Michael Galvan,
Stuart Fessinger, Floyd Williams, Barbara Rivers
Seated L to R: Zon Eastes, Ann Gref, Susan Patrick, Ann LaBerge, John Truitt,
Joan Hinterbichler, Jerri Ewing, Allison Edwards, Colleen Sheinberg

Audio Links

The links below are recorded from live performances by the Early Music Ensemble.




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