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Since 1975, the San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) has supported early music performance and education throughout the Bay Area.

SFEMS is a community of patrons and musicians dedicated to increasing public appreciation for historically-informed performance of early music through the efforts and support of the community.


The Society is dedicated to

  • Producing an annual world-class concert series of primarily medieval, renaissance, and baroque music
  • Collaborating with the Jazzschool in Berkeley to produce concerts that focus on the improvisational aspects of early music
  • Providing nationally recognized summer workshops that encourage the musical development of amateurs of all ages and increase public involvement and participation
  • Offering support services to the community, including professional affiliate program, communication, outreach, and support for emerging artists
  • Producing the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, a one-week celebration of music with main 14 stage concerts, fringe concerts, and collaborating with Early Music America’s Young Performers competition and exhibition
  • Exploring innovative ways to bring early music to life


All this has contributed to the Bay Area’s reputation as one of America’s leading centers for the performance of early music.

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