Just Announced – October 21, 2022

The next Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase will take place as a central part of 2023 Early Music America Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, October 24-26, 2023.

Applications for the Young Performers Festival are available now through January 3, 2023, and accepted ensembles will be notified in mid-January .

Applications for the Emerging Artists Showcase will be available January-March 2023, and accepted artists will be notified in April.

Guidelines and eligibility are available using the links found below.

Young Performers Festival

Since 2010, the Young Performers Festival has brought together collegiate and pre-college early-music ensembles throughout North America to perform at leading early-music festivals in the United States in Berkeley, CA, Bloomington, IN, and Boston, MA, and virtually through EMA’s digital platforms – and now as part of the annual EMA Summit.

Learn more or apply

Emerging Artists Showcase

Begun in 2018, the Emerging Artists Showcase features early-music artists of any age who have not otherwise performed regularly in major festivals or concert series. The annual Showcase has been a presented virtually and early music festivals in Bloomington, IN and Berkeley, CA. In 2023 it will be featured as the closing concert of the EMA Summit.

Learn more or apply


2022 Virtual Showcase YouTube Playlist


Congratulations to the ensembles and artists who were selected from a fantastic pool of applicants to participant in EMA’s 2022 Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase before and during the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition in Berkeley, CA.

Read about the ensembles and artists and their concert programs.

Young Performers Festival Judges

Bianca Hall
Edwin Huizinga
Kris Kwapis
Steven Plank
Maria Romero Ramos

Emerging Artist Showcase Judges

Jolle Greenleaf
Shira Kammen
Debra Nagy
Byron Schenkman
Michael Walker
Jonathan Woody

Emerging Artists Showcase (Virtual)
via YouTube

Wednesday, June 1

  • 8pm ET – Ximenez Quartet, Montréal, QC
    Karin Cuellar (violin), Simon Alexandre (violin), Namgon Lee (viola), and Jessica Korotkin (cello)

Friday, June 3

  • 7pm ET – AKOYA, New York, NY
    Naomi Dumas (violin) and Caitlyn Koester (harpsichord)
  • 8pm ET – Duo Oriana, Toronto, ON
    Sinéad White (soprano) & Jonathan Stuchbery (lute)

Young Performers Festival
Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
And livestreamed on EMAs YouTube Channel.
Free Admission. Donations welcome.

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9

Emerging Artists Showcase (In-Person)
St. Mark’s Episcopal, Berkeley, CA
Tickets via Berkeley Festival & Exhibition

Friday, June 10, 12pm PT

  • Julia Bengtsson (choreography & dance), New York, NY, & Rocío López Sánchez (cello), San Francisco, CA
  • Patricia Garcia Gil (fortepiano), Greensboro, NC
  • Pauline Kempf (violin), San Francisco, CA