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.