Forgotten Clefs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, promotes early music in the United States through performance, research, and educational outreach of pre-tonal musical traditions.
Our approach to performance is based on scholarship and deep knowledge of repertoire, period music theory, and the abilities and functions of musicians from Medieval and Renaissance European traditions.
One tenet of Forgotten Clefs’ research is improvised polyphony, its history, methodology, and application to performance today. Research is vital to our identity, and you will find members of Forgotten Clefs presenting papers at conferences, publishing peer-reviewed articles, and lecturing at libraries and universities across the United States.
Outreach and collaboration are essential to Forgotten Clefs. The ensemble seeks to collaborate with other Non Profit organizations including Schools, Universities, Choirs, Arts Organizations, Museums, Libraries, and other community and cultural centers. Forgotten Clefs designs and carries out educational outreach programs that benefit audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Forgotten Clefs was founded in 2014 to perform and promote Renaissance civic wind band music in Indiana and beyond. The group has been heard on the nationally syndicated program “A Baroque Christmas in the New World” produced by Public Radio International in partnership with Harmonia Early Music and WFIU Bloomington, a National Public Radio station (2014). In 2015, Forgotten Clefs performed at “Historically Informed Performance in Higher Education” hosted by the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society (Washington, DC) and in the Young Performer’s Festival at the Boston Early Music Festival (Boston, MA), representing Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute.