Orange County Early Music, also known as OCEM, is a student-run, non-profit organization that strives to develop interest in and appreciation for early music. Our mission is to spread the love of early music and promote the understanding of the subject to Orange County and beyond. Furthermore, we aim to conduct extensive research in the field of early music and perform at a variety of public venues, bringing joy and comfort to our audience through the power of music.
Early music refers to music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque musical eras. The music is played using unique, historical instruments, and the reason OCEM focuses on early music is because we realized how underappreciated early music is. Compared to Classical and Romantic era music, early music’s beauty is often overlooked. Hence, through this organization, we hope to cultivate a recognition and an enjoyment for early music among members of our community.