November Newsletter from the Madison Early Music Festival.
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Greetings from the
Madison Early
Music Festival!

Announcing Ensembles for MEMF 2017


"Where there is music there can be nothing bad."
- Sancho Panza from Don Quixote

We are thrilled to announce the featured concert artists performing at the 2017 Madison Early Music Festival, Quixotic Musical Treasures from the Golden Age of Spain (July 8-15).
We will post concert information to our website as it becomes available. We encourage you to bookmark and check it frequently for updates!
Click the image above to watch the video "Introduction to The Musical World of Don Quixote"

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band and
The Musical World of Don Quixote

Our friends Piffaro, the Renaissance Band have inspired us with their program, The Musical World of Don Quixote. Their October 8-9, 2016 festival weekend offered a musical parallel to the story of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and explored emerging sense that humans have a central role to play in the universe.

Members of Piffaro were joined by MEMF 2016 faculty and concert artists Charles Weaver and New York Polyphony for the performance. More information about the concert as well as program notes are available on their website at

Piffaro has also made footage from their rehearsals available online. Click here to watch three short videos to get a sneak peek at MEMF 2017!

Get to Know Us

Chelsie Propst has worn many hats at MEMF since first attending in 2008. From brewing coffee as a work-study participant and assisting Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Bensman-Rowe, to teaching beginning voice and providing a midday lecture in more recent years, Chelsie's passion for early music keeps her coming back to MEMF each year. She says, "To be surrounded for a week by so many others who love early music as much as you do is so inspiring and an absolute joy!"

Chelsie's interest in medieval sonorities began with reading the 13th century motet "O Maria, Stella Maris" in middle school, where she sang with a female quartet. She notes, "Fun fact! — We were originally a quintet, but lost a member to graduation, thus we became the Diminished Fifths."

Chelsie is pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at UW-Madison, focusing on the music of the 13th century French trouvères. You can see this soprano perform with the Rose Ensemble in their programs A Rose in Winter and Musique et Masqueray as well as around Madison with groups including the Baroque Chamber Concert, UW Masters Singers and the Madison Choral Project (check her website for upcoming concert information!).
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