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Medieval and Renaissance Competition

Medieval and Renaissance Competition

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EMA's fourth Medieval and Renaissance Competition will take place at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1, 2016. Our competition brings together some of the brightest up-and-coming performers of music between 1000 and 1600.

Past Participants, Application Process and Application

PAST PARTICIPANTS

Early Music America, with the support of a generous individual donor, sponsored three Medieval/Renaissance Performance Competitions. This competition encouraged the development of emerging artists in the performance of Medieval and Renaissance music.

2009

Unicorn Prize and Audience Prize Winner: Plaine & Easie

2006

Unicorn Prize Winner: Ensemble La Rota

2004

Unicorn Prize Winner: Asteria

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be ensembles (minimum 2 performers) using voice(s) and/or period instrument(s).

Repertoire is limited to the Medieval and Renaissance period, roughly 1000 - 1600 A.D., performed on period instruments and in a style which is historically informed.

Applicants must be members of EMA (either the ensemble must be an organizational member of EMA or all members of the ensemble must be individual members).

Applicants must be residents of USA or Canada.

Applicants must meet the definition of "emerging artists"-ensembles which have not performed together for more than 5 years and where the average age of the performers is 35 or younger as of the date of application (most of the performers should be under 35).

Previous ensemble winners of EMA competitions are not eligible to compete; ensembles including a current member of the EMA board or staff are not eligible to compete.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2016 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Judging

An anonymous panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists based on the quality of their performance.

The selected finalists will be invited to give a live 20 minute performance in concert at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Travel subsidies, $200/person up to a maximum $1,000 per finalist ensemble, will be available upon application to help subsidize the trip to Baltimore.

Prize winners will be selected immediately after the concert. A panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will judge the finalists’ competition in Baltimore. Winners will be announced at a celebratory reception immediately following the concert.

First Place Award
  1. A cash prize of $2,500
  2. Engagements with select major presenters of early music to perform concerts during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season.
  3. A short feature article in a subsequent issue of EMAg.
  4. A feature on the early music radio program, Harmonia, as scheduled by the host, Angela Mariani.
  5. PR coaching.
  6. Access to a business coaching mentor.
  7. Opportunity for broadcast on classical radio.
Second Place Award

The Second Place winner, selected by the judges, receives $1,500.

Audience Award

The Audience Prize is voted on by the audience in attendance at the finals. This prize includes a $500 cash prize and will be awarded immediately after the finals.

Required Materials
    1. Please submit a list of ensemble members including the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Age and Instrument(s).
    2. Bios of the performers. Word Limit: 300 Max for each performer
    3. History of the Ensemble. Word Limit: 300 Max
    4. A short description (maximum 300 words) of the scholarly, performance practice, or philosophical issues
      that most inform your approach to performing your repertory.
    5. 2 to 4 video samples totaling 10 to 15 minutes of the ensemble in performance. Single camera, still shot. Files should be unedited from a live performance with applause deleted. Video to be submitted via link to YouTube or Vimeo.
    6. List of repertoire included in the 10-15 minutes of video files.
    7. Possible program for final round including program notes.
    8. 1 - 2 full-length examples of potential touring programs.

2016 APPLICATION


ENSEMBLE NAME*

NAME OF MAIN CONTACT

Please submit the name of one person in the ensemble to act as the main person of contact

MAIN CONTACT's EMAIL*

MAIN CONTACT's PHONE*

ENSEMBLE MEMBERS AND BIOGRAPHIES*

Please submit (in this order) the NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, EMAIL, AGE and INSTRUMENT for each performer, followed by a short bio (maximum 300 words)

ENSEMBLE HISTORY*

Please submit a short description (maximum 300 words) of your ensemble's history (i.e. concerts performed, awards won, workshops and festivals attended, etc.)

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY/APPROACH*

Please submit a short description (maximum 300 words) about what scholarly, performance practice, or philosophical issues
most inform your ensemble’s approach to performing your repertory

VIDEO LINK*

Please submit links to high-quality videos hosted on YouTube or Vimeo. The combined length of your videos should be no more than 15 minutes

VIDEO REPERTOIRE*

Please submit a list of works featured in your audition video in the order in which they are performed

PROGRAM FOR FINAL ROUND*

Please submit a program your ensemble will perform if selected for the final round of the competition

TOURING PROGRAMS*

If selected as the first prize winner of the competition, your ensemble will have the opportunity to perform as part of select early music series around the United States. Please submit 1-2 programs you would like to perform at these concerts

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