Early Music Department

HPI Update

Joanna Blendulf appointed Associate Professor of Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba

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NPR Broadcast Excerpts

WFIU & Public Radio International

Hear a quick sampling of our 2014 Christmas broadcast from Harmonia Early Music and Public Radio International! Read more here...


Historical Performance: 

Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity

May 19-21, 2017

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Welcome to the Historical Performance Institute (HPI) and Early Music Department!

The Historical Performance program at Jacobs offers students the highest standard of instrumental and vocal training along with a thorough grounding in the academic reference tools of the profession – comprehensive theoretical, critical, historiographical and practical skills: to study, to interpret, and to perform period-specific music of the past millennium through to the early twentieth century.

Since its founding by Thomas Binkley in 1979, the Historical Performance Institute (established as the Early Music Institute) has been the pioneering, leading program of its kind in the United States. Its faculty has exerted a defining influence on the profession. Today, the rosters of university faculties and leading period instrument and vocal ensembles are replete with JSoM-HPI alumni that continue to make significant contributions to the field as vocalists and instrumentalists; as soloists, educators, administrators, advocates, and founders of new ensembles and performance organizations.


Our Mission is our Students

  • HPI aims to provide JSoM students with an innovatively configured curriculum that makes a bold contribution to evolving collaborations within the allied arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Appropriately in today's employment market, HPI offers students the tools and knowledge through which to develop an entrepreneurial view of their work, to shape valuable careers that contribute to the profession.
  • HPI's collection of historical instruments provides JSoM string, keyboard, wind, reed and brass students experience with high-quality, historical models.
  • HPI's offering of recitals, concerts, opera, symposia, outreach in pre-college education; its forthcoming summer conferences, academies and festivals; its series of scholarly publications and recordings; its accessible, unrivalled collection of historical instruments – all of these essential elements – provide an annual rhythm of endeavor that stimulates and nurtures a broad-ranging constituency, regionally, nationally, and internationally.