Early Music America offers a limited number of scholarships each year to support attendance at early-music workshops in North America.
NEW FOR 2023: EMA is pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity. In addition to EMA’s annual workshop scholarships of up to $1,250, the IDEA Task Force has establishment a $1,500 EMA-IDEA workshop scholarship specifically intended to support a member of the BIPOC community specializing in historical performance practice throughout North, Central and South America. Applicants may apply for one or both scholarships using a single application form submission.
Applications are welcome March to mid-April each year. More details are available in the Application Process section below.
- Applicants must reside in North, Central and South America at the time of submission.
- Award recipients are ineligible to apply until the second year following their award. (Ex. 2023 Scholarship recipients will be eligible to apply again in 2025.)
- Current EMA Board and Staff members are ineligible to apply
Materials to be Submitted
- Contact Information
- Voice or Instrument Specialization
- Number of Years of Study
- Workshop Information
- Applicants may submit an application for up to three workshops.
- Workshop Name
- Workshop Location
- Sponsoring Organization
- Workshop Dates
- Workshop Tuition
- Estimated Cost of Food, Lodging, and Travel for workshop.
- Short Personal Essay (1,000 words max in English, Spanish, or Portuguese)
- Please provide a brief personal essay describing 1) your musical background, 2) your specific experience with early music, 3) how the further exploration of early music performance, including attendance at the workshop(s) named above, will enhance your development as a musician, and 4) how the financial assistance would impact your ability to attend these workshops.
- Up to 10 minutes of video demonstrating your early music performance skills submitted as video links.
- List of works performed
Application Instructions and Information
- The application form will open on March 7.
- Applicants will use the application form linked below to apply for both the EMA Workshop Scholarship and the EMA-IDEA Workshop Scholarship. Only one submission is necessary. Applicants will indicate on the application form which scholarship(s) they are applying for.
- The 2023 application deadline is Monday, April 17
- Applicants are highly encouraged to submit the application several days prior to the deadline, so any issues or errors may be resolved in a timely matter. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
- Scholarship recipients will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2023 and must accept by Friday, May 5, 2023.
- Scholarship recipients are required to submit a final reflection (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese), including high resolution video or photos taken during the workshop, no more than 30 days following completion of their workshop(s) funded through this scholarship.
Please note: the total scholarship amount disbursed to an individual will be no more than $1,250 (EMA Scholarship) or $1,500 (EMA-IDEA Scholarship), regardless of the number of workshops entered in the application.
Questions about this application may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Workshops listed below represent the types of North American pre-professional and professional workshops suitable for Workshop Scholarship applicants. This is not exhaustive list, and applicants should contact EMA with questions about the suitability of the proposed workshop.
- Amherst Early Music – Various programs
- American Bach Soloists ACADEMY
- Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity – Evolution of the String Quartet
- Carmel Bach Festival
- Domaine Forget Academy – Chamber Orchestra and Continuo
- ala pifarescha: Early Double Reed & Sackbut Workshop
- Heifetz Baroque Vocal Workshop
- Lute Society of America LuteFest
- Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute
- Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Academy
- Seraphic Fire Professional Choral Institute
- Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony
- Summer Baroque Academy for Instrumentalists – British Columbia
- Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute
- University of Michigan Early Keyboard Institute
- Valley of the Moon Festival Apprenticeship
- Viola da Gamba Society of America Conclave
No scholarships awarded
Gemma Goday Díaz-Corralejo
Liz Vivian Loayaza Herrera
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Ching Yi Denise Fan
Lucy Fitz Gibbon
Maria Jose Romero
Salome Sandoval McNutt
James Augustine “Gus” Mercante
Yulia Van Doren
Early Music America also offers biennial scholarships to support advanced study in the early music field. Learn more.