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The Rise of Community

The Rise of Community

Kyle MacMillan
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.'
Canto: Ending the Stigma of Singers and Hearing Loss

Canto: Ending the Stigma of Singers and Hearing Loss

Thomas Cooley
'We’re all keenly aware of the stigma in classical music about people with hearing loss,' writes tenor Thomas Cooley. 'The doctor asked why I was crying. I responded: I just don't know other singers who use hearing aids.'
Membership Impacts the Entire Field

Membership Impacts the Entire Field

David McCormick
'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...'
Bach of the Bowery

Bach of the Bowery

Emery Kerekes
As a composer, teacher, and America's leading Baroque bassist, Doug Balliett is devoted to radically authentic music-making. He and his all-star circle of collaborators question the notion that ‘historically informed’ ensembles should only perform historical music. This article was first published in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.
From Scratch: Atlanta's Early Music Scene

From Scratch: Atlanta’s Early Music Scene

Mark Gresham
After 25 years of building and re-building, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra has found stability and high artistic success.
Learning from Trailblazers in Historical Performance

Learning from Trailblazers in Historical Performance

Thomas Forrest Kelly
The modern historical-performance movement now has its own traditions, habits, standard repertoire, and ancestors. For Early Music Month we look into EMA's online series 'Trailblazers in Historical Performance.' As Thomas Forrest Kelly writes, 'to hear their various stories and learn of their attitudes and experiences was revelatory.'
Champagne Flutes: Newly Discovered Music by Marin Marais

Champagne Flutes: Newly Discovered Music by Marin Marais

Michael Lynn
For Early Music Month, we look into the core of the Baroque. An auction of books from an old chateau in the Champagne countryside led to a big discovery: unknown flute music by Marin Marais, written in an elegant hand. It's a find of huge importance to the Baroque flute repertoire. This article was first published in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.
Is Pay-What-You-Can the Future for Early Music?

Is Pay-What-You-Can the Future for Early Music?

Ashley Mulcahy
Celebrating Early Music Month, we look into a new trend seen from coast to coast: a Pay-What-You-Can ticketing model. This scheme comes with high hopes for attendance and diversity but inconclusive results. This article first appeared in the January 2024 issue of EMAg.
Revisit the EMA Awards 2023 for Outstanding Work in Early Music

Revisit the EMA Awards 2023 for Outstanding Work in Early Music

Anne E. Johnson
Revisit the the 2023 EMA Awards ceremony from the Summit in Boston, recognizing three musicians for their achievements: Lindsey Macchiarella, Arthur Haas, and Ruben Valenzuela and his Bach Collegium San Diego.
An Early-Music Climate Activist on Disrupting Performances

An Early-Music Climate Activist on Disrupting Performances

John Mark Rozendaal
Guest editorial: We are in the midst of a global mass extinction caused by a rapid change in climate. The scale of these problems means that the crisis cannot be addressed without action from the world’s most powerful governments — and they have utterly failed to respond. It’s an attitude of enjoying order (and short-term profits) more than pursuing justice. This comes despite years of scientists’ and citizens’ good-faith efforts to work within the system. To shake our friends’ complacency was our goal in disrupting the Met Opera... 
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