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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 California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley to produce a monthly, Sunday afternoon series featuring SFEMS Affiliates
  • Offering nationally-recognized summer workshops that encourage the musical development of amateurs and emerging professionals of all ages and increase public involvement and participation
  • Providing support to the community, through its Affiliate program, newsletter, and weekly calendar of early music events
  • Producing the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition, a one-week celebration of music, which in 2018 had presented 19 main-stage concerts, hosted over 70 fringe concerts and dozens of exhibitors, and collaborated with other early music organizations around the country to present a diversity of special events.
  • 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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