The Early Music Guild of Oregon is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to promote the interest in, the study of, and the performance of early music, and to encourage the construction and use of historically accurate early instruments. EMGO sponsors concerts, workshops, lectures, master classes, and meetings open to all interested parties.




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For federal tax purposes, EMGO qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code section 501(c)(3).

You may make a donation to EMGO and receive a tax credit through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Donors to the Oregon Cultural Trust are eligible for a 100% tax credit for contributions for individuals ($1000 for couples filing jointly) and $2500 for corporations. In order to qualify you must also make a matching gift to EMGO in the same tax year. For more information or to donate online, visit www.culturaltrust.org.

EMGO Membership is open to anyone interested in early music.

Members receive discounts at all EMGO sponsored events, and a subscription to the EMGO newsletter, Olde Pitch.

EMGO members may also post notices on this web site of performances and other events. To post a notice, send it via email to neuman@emgo.org.

The Join EMGO page has a form for those wishing to join now.

Upcoming Events

Ensemble De Organographia

Saturday, January 31st, 2015, at 11:00am:
Get acquainted with Renaissance Music for all ages. Gayle and Phil
with emcee Judy Castle. Hillsboro Public Library, 2850 NE Brookwood
Pkwy, Hillsboro, OR 97124.

Ensemble De Organographia

"Greatest Hits for Elizabeth I"
Saturday, January 31st, 2015, at 2:00pm: Gayle and Phil Neuman play renaissance
music for voice and period instruments. Library Auditorium, Beaverton
Main Library, 12375 SW Fifth St., Beaverton, OR 97005.  Phone:
503-644-2197.

The Oregon Renaissance Band

“The Song of the Birds"
Friday, February 20th, 2015, at 7:15pm: Programmatic music including
Janequin's "Le chant des oiseaux," Byrd's "The Battell," Senfl's "Das
Gläut zu Speyer" (The Sounds of Speyer), and Isaac's "A la battaglia".
Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis, Portland. Part of the CMC
Family Fridays Series.  Phone: 503-823-3177.

Ensemble De Organographia

"Music of Shakespeare's Time"
Thursday, February 26th, 2015, at 7:00pm. This will include music from "Romeo
and Juliet," and the musicians will be perform and discuss the period
instruments including viol, serpent, recorders, renaissance violin,
sackbutts, krummhorns, rackett, spinettino, and tartold.  Location:
Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams Street, Oregon City, OR
97045.  Phone: 503-657-8269.

Member Ensembles

The Oregon Renaissance Band

The Oregon Renaissance Band is a 12 member ensemble dedicated to performing and recording music of the Renaissance, played on faithful reproductions of historical instruments. These include violins, cittern, lute, chitarrino, recorders, krummhorns, racketts, sackbutts, bagpipes, schreierpfeiffen, spinettino, and percussion, many of which were built by the performers. The Oregon Renaissance Band has presented concerts and workshops since 1991 and has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Their CDs with Ensemble De Organographia include “Now make we joye: Renaissance Christmas and other Celebratory Music” and “Carnevale! Carnival Songs, Frottole, Dances and other Festive Music of 16th century Italy.” In 1998, ORB performed at the early music festival in Regensburg, Germany.

Ensemble De Organographia

Ensemble De Organographia, Philip and Gayle Neuman, specializes in the music of four different periods; Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and the 19th century, all performed on period instruments or accurate reproductions.   Their concerts are entertaining and informative, combining text and song to bring to life the musical art of the distant past.  They offer a comprehensive instrument lecture-demonstration to college music history and music appreciation classes.

The Cascadia Loud Band

The Cascadia Loud Band is a new ensemble that performs on several different combinations of instruments associated with the festive outdoor music of the Renaissance. The group’s flexible instrumentation includes a number of possible combinations including 4 shawms (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), 2 shawms and 2 sackbutts, 2 schreierpfeiffen and 2 shawms, 2 bagpipes, or 4 recorders.