Emerging Artists Showcase

Presenting the rising stars of early music and historical performance since 2018.

The Emerging Artists Showcase has been presented at early-music festivals in Berkeley, CA, Bloomington, IN, and Boston, MA, and virtually through EMA’s digital platforms. In 2023, the Showcase became a central element of the annual EMA Summit.

2024 Showcase Artists

EMA congratulates the following artists were selected to perform in the 2024 Emerging Artists Showcase. The Showcase will be presented as the closing concert at 2024 EMA Summit in Cleveland Tuesday, October 22.

Amelia Sie, baroque violin

“Based in New York City, Amelia Sie is a virtuosic and adventurous performer of modern and Baroque violin. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory and her M.M. degree in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School. Her most recent engagements include a solo recital with GEMS Midtown Concert Series and concerts with Musicians of the Old Post Road and Albany Symphony. Amelia is honored to have been named a Mercury Chamber Orchestra Mercury-Juilliard Fellow for the 2023-24 concert year, as well as a Handel and Haydn Society Stone Fellow for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 concert years.

duo cpe

The musicians of duo cpe, Andréa Walker, soprano & Mikhail Grazhdanov, fortepiano are both DMA students in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. While equally versatile in vocal/keyboard repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, duo cpe has found particular interest in late 18th-century German repertoire. They seek to bring the intimacy and immediacy of Salon culture to modern audiences. Inspired by the sensibility and cultural revolutions of the Age of the Enlightenment, duo cpe is dedicated to pushing the bounds of historical performance practice beyond Baroque.


Magdalena is a US east coast ensemble with a mission to incorporate early music’s charming soundscapes with rich traditions and share the results with all audiences. Launched in 2022, Magdalena is a self-directed collective of early music specialists, including Liv Castor (harp), Mira Fu-En Huang (voice/percussion), Cole Manel (plucked strings), Niccolo Seligmann (bowed strings/percussion), Sarah Shodja (winds), and Cameron Welke (plucked strings). The ensemble has performed in Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Washington DC, with anticipated performances for Early Music NOW in Wisconsin and the Indianapolis Early Music Festival in Indiana.

Previous Showcase Artists

2023 – EMA Summit, Boston
Marie Nadeau-Tremblay
Maryse Legault
The Fooles

2022 – Berkeley Festival & Exhibition and Virtual
Julia Bengtsson, dance & Rocío López Sánchez, cello
Duo Oriana
Patricía García Gil, fortepiano
Pauline Kempf, baroque violin
Ximenez Quartet

2021 – Virtual
Beneath a Tree – Baroque to Folk
Alice Chuaqui Baldwin, harpsichord
Filament Baroque
Monika Ruusma, harp & Héctor Alonso Torres, lute
Time Stands Still

2020 – Virtual
L.A. Camerata
Gili Loftus, fortepiano

2019 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
Aperi Animam
Joyce Chen, harpsichord
Vincent Lauzer, recorder
Rezonance Baroque

2018 – Bloomington Early Music Festival
Costanoan Trio
Melisande McNabey, harpsichord
Adriana Ruiz Peña, soprano
Rumore Terribile
Voyage Sonique
Rachell Ellen Wong, baroque violin

2024 Showcase: Cleveland

The 2024 Emerging Artists Showcase will be presented as the closing concert at 2024 EMA Summit in Cleveland, OH. The concert will take place the evening of Tuesday, October 22, 2024.

Three Showcase artists/ensembles will be selected. Each will present segment no longer than 25 minutes during the Showcase concert.

Selected Showcase artists will receive a Showcase grant up to $2,000 to assist with expenses.

All selected Showcase artists will receive free registration for the 2024 EMA Summit and will have access to the presentations, panels, workshops, exhibition, performances, and other networking opportunities as EMA gathers the early-music community together.

Guidelines for Application

All required materials MUST be submitted via the application form.

We strongly encourage all applicants to submit your application at least ONE WEEK prior to the deadline in case there are any issues with your application, so we can resolve them in a timely manner before the deadline.

Those selected for the Emerging Artists Showcase will be notified in late April 2024

2024 Showcase applications closed Monday, April 1 at 11:59pm ET.

Please submit questions to specialprojetcs@earlymusicamerica.org

  • The applicant should be a current member of EMA, with either a Personal, Student, Household, or Organization membership prior to the application deadline. Please ensure your membership is current at the time of submission.
    • Students qualify for a one-time free membership anytime during their course of study and students pay a reduced rate otherwise.
  • “Emerging Artists” means artists of any age who have not otherwise performed regularly in major festivals or concert series.
  • No individual performer may be included in more than one Emerging Artists Showcase application (e.g. Jane Smith is a member of Ensemble A and Ensemble B. Only one of the ensembles may apply with her as a member. Likewise, if Ensemble A applies, Jane may not apply separately).
  • All applicants must be residents of the USA, Canada, or Mexico. Citizenship not required.
  • Although the term “early music” is understood in different ways, for the purposes of this Showcase, it involves the following criteria:
    • Attention must be given to matters of historical performance practice.
    • Applicants are expected to perform with period instruments. Please inquire if the pandemic has limited your ability to access appropriate instruments for your repertoire
    • Past Showcase programs have typically featured repertoire composed before ca. 1820, however we welcome repertoire from later eras, so long as it meets the criteria above.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose programs that expand beyond the Western canon.
  • Artists who are a part of an ensemble under consideration for Young Performers Festival may apply separately for the Showcase, so-long as they or their ensemble are not university sponsored. University-sponsored applicants should apply only for the Young Performers Festival (YPF).

Ensemble/Performer Information

  • Artist/Ensemble Name
  • Names of all artists to be featured in your Showcase program.
  • How long has the Artist/Ensemble been performing? Please include information about a representative past ensemble project – description or concert program is acceptable.
  • Short soloist/ensemble bio (for promotional material)
  • Artist/Ensemble mission/relationship with historical performance and period instruments (as applicable).
  • Brief description of how your group is emerging and how you see your future in the early music field
  • Title and description of your proposed 25 minute Showcase program. (max. 500 words)
  • Are there any resources you may need to make your participation possible? (A harpsichord and/or positive organ will be available for performances. Requests for other instruments and/or technology will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Performance recordings that meet the following requirements:

  • Live video performance recordings of the applicant – MAXIMUM of 20 minutes in length.
  • Submitted performance recordings must be no more than two years old.
  • Submitted performance recordings should be of the highest video quality possible.
  • Video recordings should be shared as Youtube links – videos may either be public or unlisted.
  • Recordings can be multiple short selections or one long selection.
  • Please submit a list of personnel represented in your recordings, and a list of the pieces performed. Recordings should reflect, as much as possible, the personnel indicated in your program proposal, meaning that each person in the proposal should have be reflected in a submitted recording.
  • Submission recordings may be of your proposed program, but it is not required.

Showcase Grant Payment Details (one required)

  • Check (Payee name, contact phone, mailing address for check)
  • Paypal (Payee email)
  • Zelle (Payee phone number or email address associated with Zelle account. USA only.)

A panel of judges designated by EMA will assess all applications on the following three criteria categories.

  • Technical proficiency
    • Artistic quality
    • Ensemble cohesion/chamber music skills
    • Awareness of and attention to historical performance
  • Audience Engagement
    • How do you represent yourself as an artist?
    • How are you communicating the music beyond playing the notes in a historically informed way?
  • Innovation in presentation and/or repertoire
    • Creativity and originality using available resources
    • New and attainable ideas – is the size of the proposed project realistically attainable within the three month preparation and production period?
    • Are you conducting new research related to the project?
    • Feel free to consider a lecture component or a specific audience demographic focus. Lecture components should account for no more than 25% of the final project time. The focus should remain on the performance of the music.

Selections will be based on the strength of the proposal and the level of artistry displayed in recorded submissions.

All applications will receive feedback from the judging panel, regardless of the success of their application. Accepted ensembles may receive recommendations from the panel to be incorporated into their final product. 

Showcase Performances

2022 Showcase – Virtual & Berkeley, CA
2021 Showcase – Virtual
2020 Showcase – Virtual
2019 Showcase – Bloomington, IN
2018 Showcase – Bloomington, IN
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