THE 2019-2020
Early music/Baroque ENSEMBLEs
New Venue: St. George’s

My traditional music and Baroque / early music ensembles are honoured to have a new home at the beautiful and historic St. George’s Round Church, Halifax (Jipugtug, Mi’kma’ki).

Historic St. George’s Round Church, Halifax

Historic St. George’s Round Church, Halifax

The Early Music Ensembles
Director: Jennifer Publicover, flutes
With Guest Instructors

Rehearsal times are tailored to the needs of the ensembles.
One main rehearsal period will be Sundays at 6:45pm.
Starts from Sept. 28, 2019 onward.

Click here to register for the fall term


Discover the distinct musical vocabulary of the Baroque and Renaissance periods in Europe which featured such beloved composers as Bach, Monteverdi, Telemann, and Händel. Learn how to bring this music to life with historically informed approaches to rhythm, ornamentation, and articulation. We have our own beautiful harpsichord at St. George’s and are open to intermediate+ keyboardists, singers, string players, and wind players.

Thanks to the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia and the Historical Instrument Collection at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University, there are opportunities to borrow Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval instruments as well as Baroque-style bows for bowed instruments for use in our ensembles. Extra harpsichord practice time on the Dalhousie harpsichord can also be booked. This is a wonderful collaboration to take advantage of!

 There will be 14 coached sessions spread through the 2018-2019 season, led by specialists selected to cater to the particular mix of instruments/voices in the group. Repertoire will also be specially selected to suit the group’s particular needs. Sheet music will be provided ahead of time for individual practice. Members are expected to also rehearse independently and come committed and prepared to take advantage of this unique and wonderful opportunity.

Past specialist guest instructors have included: Garth MacPhee, harpsichord and voice; Andrew Pickett, voice; Ivor Rothwell, recorder and bassoon; Karen Langille, violin; Marie Bouchard, harpsichord; Hilary Brown, cello. We look forward to working with these coaches and more this year, including Kirsty Money, Baroque violin/viola.

Current ensemble members click here for schedule and repertoire.

Upcoming Performances and Events:

Fri. Nov. 29, 7:30pm, 2019: Concert at St. George’s Round Church
– In conjunction with the Trad Ensemble of the Halifax Institute of Traditional and Early Music.

Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 7:30pm: Groups perform at the Mid-Winter Tune-Up of the Early Music Society of Nova Scotia.


History: former baroque ensemble at the maritime conservatory
Sept. 2016-June 2019

Most of the 2018-2019 Baroque Ensemble after performing pieces by Monteverdi at the Maritime Conservatory, Feb. 3, 2019

The Baroque Ensemble rehearsing before a Woodwind Department recital, June 1, 2018.

The interior of one of the MCPA harpsichords.

Visiting harpsichordist Marie Bouchard coached our ensemble and held a masterclass and a continuo workshop at the Maritime Conservatory, Nov. 2-4, 2018.

The first incarnation of the Baroque Ensemble, 2016-2017.