About HEMS

The Harvard Early Music Society is Harvard University's premier outlet for the celebration and performance of music and dance in the Baroque tradition. Founded in 1997, HEMS supports performances of early music at Harvard by engaging issues of performance practice while concurrently fostering an appreciation for this music in the community. We work closely with the Harvard Department of Music, Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Office for the Arts, and local theater professionals in addition to undergraduates to bring this history to life. We feature both student singers and opera professionals from the greater Cambridge/Boston area.

Members Emeriti

Jessica Rucinski '13-'14, president

Camille Crossot '16

Nicholas Lee '15

Charlotte McKechnie '15

Mike Raleigh

Preston So '14

Jamie Banks '13

Vinay Jayaram '13

Emily Malkin '14

Kyle Randall '13

Carlos Rodriguez-Russo '13

Rebecca Rosen '15

Melanie Rucinski '13

Michaela Tracy '13

Julia Cavallaro '08
​Tamar Grader '11

Chappell Sargent '12


Advisory Board

Wesley Chinn '98, Associate, Artistic Projects, Carnegie Hall and Founding HEMS President

William Christie '66, Artistic Director, Les Arts Florissant 

Joel Cohen, Artistic Director, Boston Camerata 

Kathleen Fay, Executive Director, Boston Early Music Society

Christopher Hogwood, Artistic Director, Academy of Ancient Music 

Thomas Kelly Ph.D '73, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, Harvard University 

Robert Levin '68, Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of Music, Harvard University 

Robert Mealy '85-'87, Music Director, Gotham Baroque Chamber Orchestra

Ken Pierce, Director, Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company

Mark Risinger Ph.D '96, Bass

Murray Forbes Somerville, Director of Music, St. George's Episcopal Church

Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor, Harvard University