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Early Music in America: Texas

A survey of established Early Music ensembles and organizations in the great state of Texas.

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A familiar sign found in many places along the Texas border.

The state of Texas is alive with Early Music in a number of cities both large and small. Here’s a list of some of the more well-established ensembles and organizations:


Texas Early Music Project – Founded in 1987 by its Artistic Director, Daniel Johnson, TEMP presents concerts of music from the Middle Ages through the Early Classical period.

Dallas/Fort Worth

Dallas Bach Society – Formed in 1982 and currently directed by James Richman, the ensemble presents varied programs of music from intimate chamber music to large choral works, primarily of repertoire from the baroque, but also extending into later music.

Orchestra of New Spain – Directed by Grover Wilkins, the orchestra specializes in music from the New World (17th and 18th Century), as well as the more standard works.

Texas Camerata - Formerly known as Fort Worth Early Music, the ensemble presents varied programs of chamber music for winds and strings.


UNT Early Music Ensembles - The University of North Texas can lay claim to one of the largest schools of music in North America. It’s then of little surprise that they have a flourishing Early Music program with numerous ensembles that give concerts.


Ars Lyrica - Founded just over a decade ago by its conductor, Matthew Dirst, the ensemble’s programs are primarily devoted to the vocal repertoire.

Houston Early Music – A small concert series presenting world-class ensembles performing music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century.

Mercury Baroque – A baroque orchestra led by its Artistic Director, Antoine Plante, in a number of programs of music from the baroque with some later repertoire also explored.


Caprock Early Music Association – Co-founded by Elizabeth Ronan-Silva and Angela Mariani, CEMA is an organization that promotes Early Music in West Texas.

San Antonio

Texas Bach Choir – Directed by Daniel Long, the TBC has been presenting varied choral programs for over three decades.

(Note: If we’ve omitted your ensemble, send us a note with a link to your website and we’ll add it to the list.)

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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