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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 have lived in Lubbock, Texas, where they are both members of the music faculty at Texas Tech University.

Laura Osterlund, Writer

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 began writing for Harmonia in 2011.

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.

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, IN and a past president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. As a viola da gamba player, she has made more than 80 CDs and performed on five continents.  Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

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, Volunteer Writer and Production 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.

Other Harmonia Staff

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

WFIU Supporting Staff

  • David Wood, Music Director
  • Heidi Radtke Siberz, Music Librarian
  • John Bailey, Marketing Director
  • Will Murphy, Station Operations Director
  • Perry Metz, Executive-in-Charge IU Radio-Television Services

Radio Stations Airing Harmonia

Alaska

KMXT Kodiak, AK Airs: Friday 12am AKST
KMXT Kodiak, AK Airs: Sunday 6am AKST

Arkansas

KLRE Little Rock, AR Airs: Sunday 3pm CST

California

KISL Avalon, CA Airs: Sunday 8am PST
KISL Avalon, CA Airs: Saturday 8am PST
KRCB Santa Rosa, CA Airs: Sunday 9am PST

Florida

WKGC Panama City, FL Airs: Sunday 6am EST

Georgia

WUGA Athens, GA Airs: Tuesday 9pm EST
WABE Atlanta, GA Airs: Monday 11pm EST
Georgia Public Broadcasting Atlanta, GA Airs: Thursday 11pm EST

Hawaii

Hawaii Public Radio Honolulu, HI Airs: Sunday 4pm HAST

Illinois

WILL Champaign-Urbana, IL Airs: Sunday 10pm CST
Augustana Public Radio Rock Island, IL Airs: Sunday 4am CST

Indiana

WFIU Bloomington, IN Airs: Thursday 9pm EST
WFIU Bloomington, IN Airs: Sunday 12pm EST
Northeast Indiana Public Radio Fort Wayne, IN Airs: Sunday 5pm EST
WFYI Indianapolis, IN Airs: Sunday 11pm EST
Indiana Public Radio Muncie, IN Airs: Sunday 10pm EST
WBAA West Lafayette, IN Airs: Sunday 7am EST

Kentucky

WKYL Lawrenceburg, KY Airs: Monday 1am EST
WUOL Louisville, KY Airs: Saturday 8pm EST

Maryland

Public Radio Delmarva Salisbury, MD Airs: Sunday 12pm EST

Michigan

WNMU Marquette, MI Airs: Thursday 1pm EST
WNMU Marquette, MI Airs: Sunday 11am EST

Missouri

KSMU Ozarks Public Radio Springfield, MO Airs: Sunday 11am CST

New Hampshire

Classical New Hampshire Concord, NH Airs: Sunday 9am EST
Classical New Hampshire Concord, NH Airs: Sunday 8pm EST

New Mexico

KSJE Farmington, NM Airs: Sunday 9am MST
KGLP Gallup, NM Airs: Wednesday 10pm MST

Ohio

WYSU Youngstown, OH Airs: Sunday 10pm EST

Oklahoma

Classical KCSC/KBCW Edmond, OK Airs: Monday 10pm CST

Oregon

Coast Community Radio Astoria, OR Airs: Monday 8pm PST
KWAX Eugene, OR Airs: Thursday 6pm PST
All Classical Portland, OR Airs: Sunday 8am PST

Pennsylvania

WQED Pittsburgh, PA Airs: Sunday 6am EST
WPSU2 University Park, PA Airs: Saturday 8am EST

Tennessee

WETS HD3 Johnson City, TN Airs: Sunday 7pm CST

Texas

South Plains Public Radio Lubbock, TX Airs: Monday 10pm CST

Utah

Classical 89 KBYU Provo, UT Airs: Monday 10pm MST

Virginia

WHRO Norfolk, VA Airs: Saturday 11pm EST
WHRO Norfolk, VA Airs: Saturday 6am EST

Vermont

VPR Classical Colchester, VT Airs: Sunday 7am EST

Washington

Spokane Public Radio Spokane, WA Airs: Tuesday 9pm MST

NY

WSKG Binghamton, NY Airs: Saturday 7am EST
WJFF Radio Catskill Jeffersonville, NY Airs: Sunday 7am EST
WTEB Public Radio East New Bern, NY Airs: Sunday 4pm EST
WCNY Syracuse, NY Airs: Sunday 6pm EST

Philippines

DZFE Manilla, Philippines Airs: Monday 11am PHT

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