2015-16 Annual Report
• Early Music Guild presented eight concerts at Town Hall Seattle, one at St James Cathedral, and one at Bastyr University Chapel, with a total attendance of over 5,000.
• We presented visiting musicians Bach Collegium Japan (Japan), Stile Antico (UK), Jordi Savall (Spain), and Piffaro (Philadelphia).
• The Seattle Baroque Orchestra gave four performances in its first season under Music Director Alexander Weimann. All four concerts were rebroadcast on Classical KING FM 98.1.
• We partnered with Early Music Vancouver, Early Music Society of the Islands, and Portland Baroque Orchestra to co-present sold-out performances of Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers.
• We presented the traditional Mexican group Tembembe Ensamble Continuo in Town Hall Seattle and at Yakima’s Seasons Hall to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, with $10 tickets for all.
• We reached more than 2,000 children in Seattle elementary schools in the Central District and south end with 12 programs that feature music and dance from the Medieval, Renaissance, American colonial, and English Baroque eras keyed to the curricular materials the children are studying. Through workshops by Tembembe, who connect Baroque music with traditional Mexican and Latin-American music, we connected with every student at Garfield Elementary in Yakima.
• We supported three professional affiliate early music groups – Early Music Underground, Queen City Musicians, and Sound|Counterpoint – that extend our mission in exciting directions.
• More than 100 amateur adult musicians took part in one of four Early Music Guild Community Collegia for amateur adult musicians: Ave Renaissance Choir (women’s choir), Sine Nomine Renaissance Choir (mixed choir), the New Baroque Orchestra, and C’nardally Waytes, a cornetto and sackbut ensemble.
• We hosted a benefit event at Seattle’s historic Sunset Club which raised more than $40,000 and featured SBO Music Director Alexander Weimann in his first public performance in Seattle as a jazz musician!
• We moved into new office space at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in the University District, after more than 20 years on Eastlake and held our first open house for subscribers and donors.
• We continued to provide free concert tickets to clients of Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
• We are a proud TeenTix Partner providing $5 concert tickets to all participating teens!
“Through residencies with EMG, our students at John Muir Elementary thrived. EMG teaching artists are engaging, creative, communicative, and tenacious, as well as excellent role models for our young musicians. Gus, Miyo, and Tony have each inspired our students to give their very best effort and encourage students throughout the learning process to enjoy music making. They handle challenges with grace and resilience and teach our students to do the same. I look forward to all future collaboration with EMG, as do the students of John Muir Elementary.” Shelby Leyland (Music specialist, John Muir Elementary)
City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
• $5,000 from the Civic Partner Program, to underwrite Stile Antico’s concert which coincided with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Washington State Arts Commission
• $5,000 to support concerts by Tembembe Ensamble Continuo in Seattle and Yakima.
• $8,500 for Arts Sustained Support
• $10,000 Facility Opportunity grant for costs associated with EMG’s office move to the Jack Straw Cultural Center.
• $11,020 in unrestricted support of our ongoing activities. This includes a Costco Arts Education and Access Award of $2,500 in recognition of EMG’s “significant efforts to engage underserved or ethnically diverse youth.”
Private Foundations and Donors
• $144,000 from individual donors, including more than $10,000 to Early Music Guild through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign in May 2016.
• $10,000 in matching funds from Microsoft, Boeing, Liberty Mutual, Amgen, and Salesforce.
• Tateuchi Foundation gave $5,000 to support the concert by Bach Collegium Japan.
• An anonymous supporter gave $7,500 to the EMG Schools Program.
• Fales Foundation gave $2,000 to the EMG Schools Program.