Welcome to the Madison Early Music Festival

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Arts Institute announces the 16th annual Madison Early Music Festival and Workshop (MEMF). MEMF 2015 will run July 11 through July 18. The theme for 2015 is Slavic Discoveries: Early Music from Eastern Europe. In addition to a 7-event Festival Concert Series, lectures and workshops will provide opportunities to learn and practice instrumental and vocal skills, become familiar with historical performance practices and repertoire, learn about the featured music through the lenses of history and culture, and perform with other participants and faculty artists.

The 2015 Madison Early Music Festival Slavic Discoveries will take you on an adventure, as we explore the little known early music from Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Experience the cultural traditions and musical history of the Eastern courts, early Russian Orthodox, the Bohemian Crown Lands, Polish Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque eras, to the ancient lands of the Balkans. All listeners, singers, players, and dancers are welcome!


Our 2015 Festival Concert Series will feature Ensemble Peregrina, East of the River, The Rose Ensemble, and Piffaro, The Renaissance Band. Programs range from sacred music of churches and courts to lively dances and early traditional secular music.

Presenting and Promotional Partners

In collaboration with campus partners UW School of Music and Center for Russian, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA).