The Rise of Community

New and Different: the rise of amateur Baroque community orchestras with no direct links to academia or instrumental societies. These musicians play with period instruments and are just as committed to historical performance as their professional counterparts. Yet ‘we do not reject anybody because they are either too good or too bad.’

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Membership Impacts the Entire Field

‘I suppose it would be easier for EMA to cater to just professional musicians or only arts administrators,’ writes EMA Executive Director David McCormick. ‘But there’s a vitality to the rich tapestry of our membership that allows for a collaborative spirit between professional performers, amateur players, scholars, luthiers, and listeners, to name a few. Thanks to our free and low-cost membership options for students, we have more young members than ever before…’

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