Early Music Hawaii is a nonprofit organization established to promote the performance and enjoyment of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music in our Islands, and to explore historical performance practices.

We seek to encourage performers and audiences by publicizing concerts and workshops in Hawai’i and to provide a forum for groups and individuals interested in early music.

Modest membership and voluntary contributions sustain these efforts and this website. More substantial annual sponsorships are always welcome. We aim to maintain ticket prices to individual concerts by EMH performers and leading US and international early music ensembles at a competitive level. Please click here to donate.

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Early Music Hawaii
P.O. Box 632
Kailua-Kona, HI 96745
Phone (808) 960-3650


Josquin Desprez, a 500th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, September 11, 2021 • 7:30 pm

The Early Music Hawaii Chamber Ensemble
Scott Fikse and Naomi Castro, directors
Concert will be livestreamed

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Given the serious and sudden developments in COVID infections here and the uncertainty of whether gatherings will be further limited in the next few days, Early Music Hawaii has made the difficult decision to POSTPONE the Josquin concert. The safety of our loyal performers is paramount. They are all vaccinated and healthy now but the higher incidence of “breakthrough” infections from the Delta variant is such that we cannot put them at risk during final rehearsals and the performance. Tickets which have already been purchased will be honored for the delayed performance or the next concert in November, whichever comes first. 


One of the greatest composers of the Renaissance, Josquin Desprez, died on August 27, 1521. Early Music Hawaii joins fans from all over the world in celebrating the master with a selection of his finest motets, chansons and the Pange Lingua Mass, said to have inspired even Martin Luther. Josquin’s own tribute to his mentor Ockeghem will be matched with his friend Ludwig Senfl’s later tribute, developing Josquin’s luminous Ave Maria into a powerful six voice masterwork in its own right.