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Harmonia Early Music

About Harmonia Early Music

Harmonia is a weekly one-hour radio program, podcast and blog that takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods.

Through brilliant performances by today’s early music artists and insightful commentary, listeners experience the richness of early music history and culture. From the sublime realm of Chant to the passion of an Italian Baroque violin sonata, Harmonia casts new light on the music of the distant past.

Harmonia is a production of WFIU Public Radio in Bloomington, Indiana, drawing on resources from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s world-renowned Early Music Institute, and Indiana University’s Thomas Binkley Archive of Early Music Recordings.

Additional technical support from KOHM at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Program History

WFIU launched Harmonia in October 1991 and national syndication began in 1995, with over 80 stations signing on in the first week. By 2000, Harmonia could be heard on over 150 public radio stations nationwide.

Written and hosted by Angela Mariani since 1991, Harmonia has since welcomed additional writers. In 1997, the Harmonia website was launched. Today, the program is offered nationally through radio, and globally through the Harmonia website, blog and free weekly podcasts.

Harmonia can be heard on WFIU every Thursday at 7pm and Sundays at 12pm.

Theme Music

Our theme music is “La Prime Estampie Royal,” performed by Ensemble Alcatraz on the album Danse Royale. Buy from Amazon »

Support Harmonia

Harmonia is brought to you in part by the generous support of WFIU listeners and our corporate supporters. Please consider making a small contribution to help us keep bringing the program to you each week, or if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact us.

Questions or Comments?

We love to hear from our listeners. If you have a question, comment, recipe to share or a suggestion for a future program please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know what’s on your mind.

Information For Stations

Harmonia is available to public, community, commercial, and Internet radio stations worldwide and is distributed via convenient ftp downloads. For more information about carrying Harmonia, please contact us.

Harmonia program clock (PDF, 94 KB)

Angela Mariani, Host

Angela Mariani has hosted Harmonia for WFIU since 1991, drawing on commercial, private and rare archival recordings as well as interviews with performers and scholars. A performer and scholar in the field of early music, she left the University of Massachusetts with a degree in music theory before earning a graduate degree at Indiana University’s renowned Early Music Institute. Since 2000, Angela and her husband live in Lubbock, Texas, where they are both members of the music faculty at Texas Tech University.

Anne Timberlake, Writer

Anne Timberlake holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University. She has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and, in 2008, was awarded a Fulbright Grant. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label, and she’s a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. Anne enjoys teaching as well as performing. In addition to music, she holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and covers the classical music beat for the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia). She started writing for Harmonia in July 2013.

Benjamin Robinette

Benjamin Robinette is a saxophonist, vocalist, and Zimbabwean mbira performer who holds degrees in music performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Texas Tech University. His study of the balanced synthesis of early music performance practice and contemporary concertizing techniques led to his founding of Quartet Exordium, a saxophone consort dedicated to the idiomatic expression of medieval and renaissance musics. Some of his other musical activities include Irish set dancing, original compositional emulation of fourteenth-century and fifteenth-century polyphony, and singing English catches and glees with the Quarreling Asses, a group dedicated to gentlemanly camaraderie, bawdy songs, and fantastic beer. Ben began writing for Harmonia is 2015.

Janelle Davis, Writer and Co-Host (Harmonia Early Music Podcast); Production Assistant

Janelle Davis is a violinist and performs with period instrument ensembles throughout the United States. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University where she has specialized in early music. Janelle is a devoted educator having served in various capacities as a studio teacher, classroom orchestra director, and youth music festival clinician. Janelle also volunteers with Early Music In Motion—a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting communities under-served by the arts. She began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

Elizabeth Clark, Writer and Production Assistant; WFIU Music Assistant

Elizabeth Clark is a graduate student at Indiana University, where she is pursuing degrees in organ and harpsichord. She is a 2010 graduate of St. Olaf College, where she earned a B.M. in organ performance. She is currently the Director of Music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, Indiana. Elizabeth began writing for Harmonia in 2014.

Wendy Gillespie, Writer and Co-Host (Harmonia Early Music Podcast)

Wendy Gillespie is Professor of Music, teaching early bowed strings and performance studies, at the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, Indiana and a past president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. As a viola da gamba player, she has made more than 80 recordings and performed on five continents.  Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

Laura Osterlund, Contributor

Laura Osterlund is a recorder player and earned a B.Mus. with major concentrations in Early Music Performance and Music History from McGill University. She is an active musician throughout Montreal and Chicago and an avid member of the movement to promote Early Music performance, pedagogy, research, and appreciation throughout North America. She was a regular writer for Harmonia in 2011-2014. Now she contributes program and performance ideas and helps to keep us in touch with emerging talent in the early music realm.

Other Harmonia Staff

  • Michael Paskash, Audio Engineer
  • LuAnn Johnson, Producer – Harmonia, and Program Services Manager – WFIU

WFIU Supporting Staff

  • Joe Goetz, Music Director
  • John Bailey, Program Director
  • Eoban Binder, Director of Digital Media
  • Betsy Shepherd, Online Content Coordinator
  • Nancy Krueger, Grants/Gifts Officer
  • Marianne Woodruff, Corporate Support Director
  • Will Murphy, Station Operations Director
  • Perry Metz, Executive-in-Charge IU Radio-Television Services

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