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Houston Early Music presents historically

informed performances of music from the

Medieval through Classical periods by

internationally-recognized artists


We see Houston Early Music as the Third Coast Cultural Leader and Advocate for Early Music, bringing together Innovative Partnerships, presenting Provocative Performances, and Making Early Music Relevant for our Contemporary Audience.


Houston Early Music is the city’s only presenting organization providing audiences the opportunity to experience world-class 

historically informed performances of music from the Medieval through early Classical periods. We cover a millennium of great works: from between 800-1800.

Initially formed in 1965 as the Houston Harpsichord Society, by a small group of harpsichord enthusiasts who met in members' homes, the organization was officially incorporated as a professional organization in 1968. From this humble beginning, it has grown to become an organization that now curates performance opportunities for major, internationally renowned early music soloists and ensembles offered in annual concert seasons.

Staff & Board of Directors

Julia Simpson, Executive & Artistic Director

Sharon GiuffrePresident

Andrew White, Secretary

Martha Mayberry Hoffman, Treasurer

Magali Suarez CandlerBoard Member

Ruth Cross, Board Member

Peter Jensen, Board Member


Deborah DunhamEx Officio

Nancy Ellis, Artistic Director Emerita

Advisory Council

Dr. Helga Kessler Aurisch

Dr. Matthew Dirst

Deborah Dunham

Rick Erickson

Rodney and Mary Koenig

Sheila Perry

Ed Rinehart

Colin St. Martin

Barrett Sills

Dr. Lijda Vellekoop

Birgitt van Wijk

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