Who we are
Heralds and Minstrels of Austin, Texas specialize in early music (Middle Ages through the early 19th century). This music is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and features dances, popular songs, military music, chamber and church music, including some of the best wedding processionals, romantic songs, and toe-tapping dances ever written.
The musicians of Heralds and Minstrels have been playing together for over 15 years. Individually they have played with the Austin, Mid-Tex and San Antonio Symphonies, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Texas Bach Collegium, and Austin Symphonic Band. We are also pleased to have two composers on board.
We use two sets of instruments which are suited for different venues and different musical styles. Sometimes we combine the two if the engagement requires it. Singers can be provided for either ensemble.
This group of trumpets, horn, trombone and baroque timpani perform ceremonial music which is especially suitable for outdoors and large venues. We have also performed with one or more trumpets, timpani, and organ.
This group is composed of woodwinds (oboe, English horn, bassoon, recorders), guitar or lute, small percussion instruments such as tambourine, tabor drum, dumbek, and castanets played in the traditional Spanish style, and a recently added hurdy gurdy. This ensemble is well suited to indoor occasions or smaller venues.