Medieval and Renaissance Competition
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
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.
Unicorn Prize and Audience Prize Winner: Plaine & Easie
Unicorn Prize Winner: Ensemble La Rota
Unicorn Prize Winner: Asteria
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.
April 15, 2016 (11:59 p.m. ET)
An anonymous panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists, based on performance quality of their recordings.
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 and select the winner with a celebratory reception following the announcement.
First Place Award
- A cash prize of $2,500
- Engagements with select major presenters of early music to perform a concert during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season.
- A short feature article in a subsequent issue of EMAg.
- A feature on the early music radio program, Harmonia, as scheduled by the host, Angela Mariani.
- PR coaching.
- Access to a business coaching mentor.
- Opportunity for broadcast on classical radio.
Second Place Award
The Second Place winner, selected by the judges, receives $1,500.
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.
- Please submit a list of ensemble members including the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Age and Instrument(s).
- Bios of the performers. Word Limit: 300 Max for each performer
- History of the Ensemble. Word Limit: 300 Max
- 10-15 minutes of video files demonstrating ensemble's performance. May be 2-4 samples to comprise 10-15 mins. Single camera, still shot. Files are ideally unedited, from a live performance, with applause deleted. Video to be submitted via link to YouTube.
- List of repertoire included in the 10-15 minutes of video files.
- Possible program for final round including program notes.
- 1 - 2 full-length examples of potential touring programs.