early music

2019-20 SEASON

Pacem: And He will bring us Peace


In turbulent times, we turn to song to bring us inspiration, contemplation and hope. For this year’s annual Twelfth Night concert, Jouyssance looks to Medieval and Renaissance works centered on the themes of Christ’s birth and Peace.

Saturday, January 4, 8 p.m.
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
10750 Ohio Avenue, Westwood

Sunday, January 5, 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
122 South California Ave., Monrovia

Concert Tickets
(cash/check/card at the door or in advance via link below):
$25 General Admission
$20 Senior / SCEMS member
$15 Student

Jouyssance takes Chaucer on the road!


In honor of Early Music Month, Jouyssance once again presents free and low-cost concerts around the Los Angeles area.  This year we will present a refresh of our hit program from last season, The Canterbury Tales: A Pilgrimage in Song, in Claremont and Westlake Village.  Love, laughter, lessons and stories abound in this narrative program featuring a variety of sacred, secular and sometimes bawdy early choral music.  

Sunday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Free concert
Drinkward Recital Hall, Harvey Mudd College
320 E. Foothill Blvd., Claremont

Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m.
Free concert
St. James Presbyterian Church
19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana

Songs of Courts and Convents:
The Renaissance Woman Reclaims her Voice

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With this concert, Jouyssance pays homage to great women composers of early choral music. In addition to selections by Hildegard of Bingen and the well-known madrigalist Maddalena Cassulana, Jouyssance will feature rarities by the Greek composer Kassia, Isabella de Medici, Vittoria Alleoti, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and others, as well as newly discovered motets by the mysterious Suor Leonora d’Este, the daughter of Lucrezia Borgia.

Saturday, May 30, 8 p.m.
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
10750 Ohio Avenue, Westwood

Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
122 South California Ave., Monrovia

This concert is made possible, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.


Past Concerts

An End-of-Summer Early Music Singalong

Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
209 N. Louise St, Glendale, CA


Join fellow early music lovers and members of Jouyssance in singing masterworks of the English Renaissance under the baton of Artistic Director Nicole Baker. William Byrd’s masterpiece Mass for Four Voices will be featured, along with works by Tallis, Farmer and others. Enjoy snacks, conviviality, and Dr. Baker’s signature insights into singing early music. Registration Required: To ensure that you have the proper scores for this event, visit to register by Friday, September 13. Suggested donation: $15. For more info: or 213 533 9922.

Nicole’s Favorites!

Celebrate Dr. Nicole Baker’s 20th year as Artistic Director!

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20 years ago this October, Jouyssance’s beloved artistic director conducted her first concert with the Ensemble. In celebration of this anniversary, Dr. Baker has picked a program of her (and probably your) favorites: Tallis’ Loquebantur, Palestrina’s Exultate Deo, and beautiful pieces by Josquin, Cardoso, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Machaut, Brumel and others. We’ll also feature excerpts from a work that was on her first program: Lasso’s mysterious Prophetiae Sibyllarum

Saturday, October 12, 8 p.m.
St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles

Sunday, October 13, 4 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
122 South California Ave., Monrovia

Sunday concert to be followed immediately by
Champagne Soirée in honor of Nicole Baker: Reception tickets start at $100 and include admission to either the Saturday or Sunday performance of Nicole’s Favorites.