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Young Performers Festival

Young Performers Festival

Young Performers Festival

Early Music America recognizes that the future of early music rests in the hands of today’s young performers and the institutions that shape them. The Young Performers Festival brings together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America to perform a series of concerts.

2017 Participants



All performances will take place in the sanctuary of First Church in Boston.

Oberlin Baroque

Oberlin Baroque

Oberlin Baroque-1


Thursday, June 15, 2017, 10:00am

Westminster Kantorei

Westminster Kantorei

Westminster Choir Kantorei pic

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 12:30pm

McGill Baroque Ensemble

McGill Baroque Ensemble


Thursday, June 15, 2017, 3:30pm

USC Thornton Collegium Workshop

USC Collegium Workshop

USC Thornton Collegium Workshop

Friday, June 16, 2017, 10:00am

Past Participants


2016: Berkeley

USC Thornton Sinfonia

Opera Nova (Indiana University)

Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

Case Western Reserve University Collegium Musicum Medieval Ensemble

University Baroque Ensemble at Brigham Young University of Idaho

2015: Boston

Case-Western Reserve University Baroque Chamber Music and Dance Ensemble

The University of Northern Texas

The Peabody Conservatory

Oberlin University Baroque Ensemble

Indiana University

McGill University

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

2014: Berkeley

Arethusa Musica

McGill School's The Victoria IV Madrigal Ensemble

Case-Western Reserve University Baroque Chamber Music and Dance Ensemble

Liaison Baroque Ensemble

USC Thornton School's Baroque Sinfonia

Musa Baroque Ensemble

2013: Boston

Tufts Early Music Ensemble

Longy School of Music Bard College; Longy Dufay Ensemble; Longy Lassus Consort and Longy Bach Cantana Project

Juilliard 415

The Peabody Consort

University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Florida State Early Music Ensemble

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Baroque Sinfonia

Case Western Reserve University, Collegium Musicum

Oberlin Baroque Ensemble

McGill University Baroque Orchestra

The Sebastians

2012: Berkeley

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble

University of California at Berkeley Baroque Chamber Ensemble

University of North Texas Collegium Singers

Stanford University Baroque Ensemble

Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble and Collegium Musicum

University of Southern California Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

2011: Boston

Stony Brook Baroque Players

Harvard University Early Music Society

CWRU/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra

McGill University Baroque Orchestra

University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Brandeis Early Music Ensemble

Longy School of Music Collegium Musicum

Peabody Conservatory ensembles

Case Western Reserve University Violin Band and Collegium Musicum

Boston University Chamber Ensemble

Oberlin Baroque Ensemble

¡Sacabuche! from Indiana University

University of Southern California Collegium Musicum and Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

EMA Festival Ensemble

Application Process


In 2017, EMA will select 6-8 ensembles to perform as part of its Young Performers Festival from June 12-16, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts during the Boston Early Music Festival. EMA will cover the cost of the venue rental for the Festival and will publicize the Festival concerts through its newsletter, website, and magazine, among other things.

Eligible Applicants
  1. Applicants must be directors of secondary, college, or university early music ensembles from schools in the US or Canada. Although the term “early music” is used in different ways at different institutions, for the purposes of this Festival, it is used to denote an ensemble that fits the following criteria:
    • The ensemble devotes its attention primarily to music before ca. 1750.
    • The ensemble gives attention to matters of historical performance.
    • Where instrumental performance is involved, the ensemble performs on period instruments OR is working towards the goal of using a period-instrument based group.
  2. The majority of participants must be students enrolled in a degree program at the ensemble’s home institution. The ensemble may include non-student community participants and/or faculty members as well, as long as they are less than one-third the members in the ensemble.
  3. Either the director of the ensemble or the school must be a member of EMA for AT LEAST 6 months prior to the application deadline. New members must join by June 9, 2016 and all existing members must be current at the time of their application submission in order to qualify.
If you have specific questions about eligibility, please email
A panel of three judges will select the ensembles for the Young Performers Festival. These judges, selected by EMA, but not members of the EMA board or persons affiliated with any of the institutions applying for the Festival, will judge the ensembles anonymously. Selections are made based on the strength of the application and the performance quality of the recordings. Issues including but not limited to need, feasibility of project and creativity will also be considered. Preference for the Yong Performers Festival will be given to ensembles that have not previously been selected. Those selected for the Young Performers Festival will be notified by January 20, 2017, at the latest.
Required Materials
Please make sure your submission materials relate to your proposed program. We understand that you may not have your final program set by the application deadline.
  1. Contact Information
  2. Ensemble Information that includes the following:
    • A title and brief description of the Festival performance to be funded
    • Number of students in the ensemble
    • Number of community members in the ensemble
    • A brief description of the activities of the early music ensemble and its place within its institution
  3. Three recent concert programs
  4. Performance recordings. Recorded materials should meet the following requirements:
    • A recording of the ensemble from live performances, with a minimum of 10 minutes and no longer than 30 minutes of total audio and/or video files.
    • The recorded examples need not feature the exact same performers (it is assumed that student ensembles change somewhat in their membership from year to year) or the same proposed program, but a substantial number of the performers should be the same, and the performance should represent only the highest of quality recordings.
    • MP3 files, or links to YouTube or other sites are acceptable.
    • May be multiple short selections, or one long selection.
    • Applicants who are uploading multiple YouTube links can include them in one document vs. uploading multiple file selections.
  5. A list of pieces performed in the submitted recording(s)
Additional Comments
All ensembles must submit an application to be selected for the Young Performers Festival. Ensembles applying for the Festival are eligible for a YPF Travel Grant and must submit a separate application in order to be eligible to receive travel grant funding. EMA awards YPF Travel Grants of $1,000 each to a small number of ensembles selected for the Festival. Click here for more information about YPF Travel Grants.
Application & Deadline
The application is now closed. Thank you for applying. Please check back in September 2017 for updates.    

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