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About the TCEMF

Early music specialists aim to recreate the sound-worlds of earlier times through the use of period instruments and techniques. We base our interpretations on the accumulated evidence of original instruments, manuscripts, first editions, and the remarks of theoretical and instructional treatises.


The Twin Cities Early Music Festival brings together singers and musicians from Minnesota and beyond who specialize in the performance of music from the Medieval through the Classical period.


While there are a handful of early music festivals in the US, they are mostly located in cities on either coast. The Twin Cities has a rich and active early music community, and it is time it takes its place as a center of early music in the Midwest.

The TCEMF will present a variety of concerts which:

  • employ musicians trained in early music performance and historically informed techniques, with an understanding of the cultural and historical contexts in which the music was written

  • involve  period instruments

  • include both familiar and rarely-heard works of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods

  • unify the arts and humanities and enriches the fabric of the Twin Cities musical community

We hope that you find here a new experience you had not expected, and a spirit of musical performances which enriches and expands your understanding and appreciation of music for years to come.


Donald Livingston


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Cléa Galhano


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Mary Burke


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Tami Morse


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