Early Music Department

HPI Update

Joanna Blendulf appointed Associate Professor of Baroque Cello and Viola da Gamba

Read about it here!


Historical Performance: 

Theory, Practice, and Interdisciplinarity

May 18-20, 2018

Call for Papers available here!

NPR Broadcast Excerpts

WFIU & Public Radio International

Hear a quick sampling of our 2014 Christmas broadcast from Harmonia Early Music and Public Radio International! Read more here...


Historical Performance at Jacobs offers students the highest standard of instrumental and vocal training along with a thorough grounding in the academic reference tools of the profession – comprehensive theoretical, critical, historiographical and practical skills: to study, interpret, and perform period-specific music of the past millennium through to the early twentieth century.

Since its founding by Thomas Binkley in 1979, the Historical Performance Institute (established as the Early Music Institute) has been the pioneering, leading program of its kind in the United States. Its six full-time and nine part-time faculty have exerted a defining influence on the profession. Today, the rosters of university faculties and leading period instrument and vocal ensembles are replete with JSoM-HPI alumni who continue to make significant contributions to the field as vocalists and instrumentalists; as soloists, educators, administrators, advocates, and founders of new ensembles and performance organizations.

In addition to a comprehensive core curriculum in historical performance, students benefit from a wealth of interdisciplinary resources across the Indiana University Bloomington campus: 


Photo: HPI's ensemble, Concentus, performs music of the Mexican Baroque before recording the program for NPR.