About EMSI

Based in Victoria, BC, the Early Music Society of the Islands is one of North America’s most active and successful early music specialists. It was founded in 1985 to promote interest in historically-informed performances of music composed before 1800.

EMSI presents an annual concert series of music from the middle ages to the early classical age. Each concert spotlights an internationally-acclaimed connoisseur of period music.

Community Engagement

The Society offers an annual early music bursary, and arranges workshops and masterclasses with visiting artists. Through the Early Music Community Connection program, EMSI supports the concerts of local musicians and makes its period instruments available to the community.

Visit our Members page to see how you can become part of the Society.

For advance notice of EMSI concerts and performers, subscribe to our newsletter: create an account on EMSI’s Tix page (you will have already done so if you’ve bought tickets online) and be sure to opt in to our mailing list.


EMSI is now headed by professional Artistic and Executive Director Bill Jamieson, and supported by a team of Directors and many volunteers.

Here you will find the Society’s constitution and bylaws.

Board of Directors

Lane Befus Front-of-House Manager

Martin Bonham Director at Large

Judith Carder Volunteer Coordinator

Hélène Cazes Vice President

John Fitzmaurice Secretary

Deryck Harry Treasurer

Lucas Hung Director at Large

Alexis Luko Director at Large

Joanne Whitehead President

Liz Willis Archivist


EMSI is able to bring you world-class early music thanks to generous support by Canadian Heritage, the Capital Regional District Arts Council and the Victoria Foundation.

Visiting artists are graciously hosted by the Chateau Victoria.