2023 EMA Summit

Making Connections

We look forward to gathering the early-music community as we host our first in-person Summit in Boston, MA, October 24-26, 2023. The theme of EMA’s first in-person Summit, Making Connections, celebrates the many ways our community comes together to share and grow, in all its cultural richness and variety. More than 20 thought-provoking presentations by scholar-performers will feature topics that bridge music-making, research, advocacy, education, and entrepreneurship. We’ll also provide opportunities to make new connections through performances and social activities. Join us for three exciting days including concerts from Boston-area professionals plus discussion panels, research presentations, workshops, and much more. The 2023 Summit will also feature live performances from our Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase as a central element.

Day Passes will be available at Emmanuel Church during the Summit.
Member Student day pass: $35
Member day pass: $65
Non-Member Student day pass: $70
Non-Member day pass: $100

Get all the benefits of membership for a full year & attend the EMA Summit. Join now!

Summit registration includes:

  • Access to all Summit presentations and events
  • Admission to all three featured 8:00pm concerts ($110 value).
  • 50% discount on tickets to the Handel and Haydn Society’s Friday, October 27 concert at Symphony Hall. ($7-$50 value)

An EMA Membership saves you money! A $35 Student Membership or $85 Personal Membership + Member Registration is still less than the Non-Member registration rates. And Students can claim a one-time, one-year free membership at any point during their time in school!

Member Rates
Non-Member Rates
Student $125$150
*Supporter rates help offset the cost for students and those in financial need. Thank you for your generosity.
If you are you in need of financial assistance, please contact [email protected].

Refund Policy
Registration refund requests will be honored if received on or before October 15, 2023 and are subject to a $10 processing fee.

Presentations and concerts will be at Emmanuel Church and First Church Boston.
A & B sessions are concurrent presentations held in separate spaces.

  • Emmanuel Church Sanctuary (ES)
  • Emmanuel Church Parish Hall (PH)
  • First Church Auditorium (FA)
  • First Church Chapel (FC)

Emmanuel Church in the City of Boston, 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
First Church Boston, 66 Marlborough St, Boston, MA 02116

Tuesday, October 24

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amThe Viol at 430Hz: Making a Place for the Classical Viol (Lecture-Performance) [FA]NAGAMO: A Case Study in Collaboration & Decolonization (Lecture-Performance) [PH]
11:00am-12:00pmBeyond the Composer: Curating Concerts that Celebrate Overlooked Music-Makers (lecture-performance) [FA]Touring Music’s Stories (Lecture) [PH]
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival [ES]
Old Dominion Madrigal Singers
Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Ensembles
3:30-4:30pmKeynote: A Conversation with Countertenor John Holiday [ES]
5:00-6:00pmFeatured Presentation [PH]
The Boston Camerata
We’ll Be There!: American Spirituals Black and White 1800-1900 (lecture-performance)
6:00-8:00pmDinner BreakEmerging Professional Leadership Council mixer at Life Alive Cafe (431 Boylston St.).
All are welcome!
8:00-9:30pmFeatured Concert [ES]
Musicians of the Old Post Road
Into The Light: Unearthed Treasures by Christoph Graupner

Wednesday, October 25

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amFostering Access and Inclusion in Student Early Music Ensembles (Workshop) [FC}
10:00-11:00amUniting through dance in the 18th Century (Performance-Workshop) [FA]
11:00am-12:00pmThe Inquisitive Performer (individual research presentation) 11-11:30 [FC]

Commanding the Passions: Embodiment and Freedom in Historical Acting Techniques and Performance (individual research presentation)11:30-12 [FC]
11:20am-12:20pmVirtuosity at Home in the 19th century (Lecture-Performance) [FA]
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival [ES]
Special Music School Baroque Ensemble
UConn Collegium Musicum
3:30-4:30pmKeynote Panel: Making Connections in Early-Music Member Organizations [ES]
Mixed Consort Jam Session [ES]
Everything You Need to Know About Performing 15th-Century Vocal Ensemble Music [FA]
6:00-8:00pmDinner BreakRenaissance Dance for Everyone [FA]
8:00-9:30pmFeatured Concert [ES]
Boston Baroque X-tet
works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Lusitano

Thursday, October 26

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amBeyond Tokenism: Anti-racism and Gender Justice in Early Music Programming (workshop) [FA]
Music Appreciation as a Tool for Expanding Early Music Perspectives (lecture-performance) [FC]
11:00am-12:00pmPanel: Whose Stories are We Telling? [FA]Building on Bach: Six New Suites for Solo Cello (lecture-performance) [FC]
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival [ES]
McGill University Baroque Orchestra
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
3:30-5:30pmChamberQUEER [PH]
BaroQUEER! – performance & workshop
Open dress rehearsal with Handel & Haydn Society [offsite: Symphony Hall] The dress rehearsal will end at 5pm.

You must register your interest at the registration table on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and you must arrive to Symphony Hall by 3:30pm on Oct. 26 to be admitted.
5:30-8:00pmDinner Break
8:00-9:30pmEMA’s Annual Awards Ceremony & Emerging Artists Showcase [ES]
Marie Nadeu-Tremblay, baroque violin
The Fooles, 17th century chamber ensemble
Maryse Legault, historical clarinet, with Gili Loftus, fortepiano

All featured Summit performances will be held at Emmanuel Church in the city Boston and free for all Summit participants. Additionally, Young Performers Festival concerts will be free and open to the public, and daily 8:00pm concerts will be ticketed for non-participants. (ticketing links below)

Tuesday, October 24
1:30pmYoung Performers Festival, Concert #1
– Old Dominion Madrigal Singers, Bianca Hall, director
– Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Ensembles, Julie Andrijeski, director
5:00pm – The Boston CamerataWe’ll be There! American Spirituals, Black and White, 1800-1900″ Lecture-performance. Limited seating.
8:00pmMusicians of the Old Post RoadInto The Light: Unearthed Treasures by Christoph Graupner” – TICKETS ($30)

Wednesday, October 25
1:30pm – Young Performers Festival, Concert #2
– Special Music School Baroque Ensemble, Jude Ziliak, director
– UConn Collegium Musicum, Eric Rice, director
8:00pmBoston Baroque X-tet presents works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Lusitano – TICKETS ($30)

Thursday, October 26
1:30pm – Young Performers Festival, Concert #3
– McGill University Baroque Orchestra, Dorian Bandy, director
– Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Phoebe Carrai & Sarah Darling, directors
8:00pm – EMA Annual Awards Ceremony and Emerging Artists ShowcaseTICKETS ($30)
– Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, baroque violin
– The Fooles, 17th century chamber ensemble
– Maryse Legault, historical clarinet, with Gili Loftus, fortepiano

Discounted room rates have been arranged at the following hotels during the Summit (stays from October 23-27). Please note the cutoff dates for each hotel. Quantities are limited.

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center – $199/night
811 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 445-6400 or book online
Cutoff date: September 23, 2023

Boston Marriott Copley Place – $359/night
110 Huntington Ave, Boston
(617) 236-5800
Cutoff date: September 25, 2023

Sheraton Boston Hotel – $399/night
39 Dalton St., Boston
(617) 236-2000
Cutoff date: September 25, 2023

Thank you to our 2023 EMA Summit sponsors!

The Roxanne and Henry Brandt Foundation
John Carey
Tony Elitcher
James A. Glazier
Bill McJohn
Miles Morgan

Gene Murrow
Richard & Lois Pace
Schwalbe & Partners, Inc.
Paul Rabin & Arlene Snyder
Susan L. Robinson
Alice Robbins

2023 EMA Summit performance partners

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