2020 Festival & Showcase Participants

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  • Now accepting submissions for the 2021 Virtual Young Performers Festival to be held the week of May 10, 2021. Submissions due April 30 to be included in Festival week. Details below.
  • 2021 Emerging Artists Showcase to be held May 21-23, 2021. Read more about the selected artists using the link below.

Young Performers Festival

Since 2010, Early Music America (EMA) has been proud to bring together college and university ensembles throughout North America to perform at the nation’s leading early music festivals in Berkeley, CA, Bloomington, IN, and Boston, MA, and virtually through EMA’s digital platforms. Applicants submitting programs that expand the canon beyond Western classical traditions, and that pay due attention to historical performance techniques, are encouraged to apply.

Early Music America’s 2021 Festival will be fully virtual, and all collegiate and pre-college early music ensembles from institutions throughout the Americas are invited to celebrate what they have accomplished during the 2020-21 academic year. The Festival will be held the week of May 10, 2021.

Participating institutions may now submit a performance video to be featured on a microsite dedicated to the Young Performers Festival. Submissions for the festival week are due April 30, 2021.
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Emerging Artists Showcase

Begun in 2018, the Showcase goes beyond the university level already represented by YPF to serve the broadest possible range of artists. The term “emerging artist” can include historically-informed performers of all types, without respect to age. Applicants are asked to describe how they see the future of historical performance taking shape, and to define how their role as artists and ensembles aligns with that future vision. Applicants submitting programs that expand the canon beyond Western classical traditions, and that pay due attention to historical performance techniques, are encouraged to apply.

EMA will present the 4th annual Emerging Artists Showcase as a Virtual Showcase May 21-23, 2021 This year’s Showcase will feature high quality video projects up to 20 minutes in length which display creativity and originality. Six participants have been selected based on the strength of their proposal and the level of artistry displayed in their application materials. They will each receive a grant of $1,500 from EMA to assist in the production of the Showcase project.
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As we move forward with the Festival & Showcase, our hope is that we can offer soloists and ensembles a supportive and stimulating environment in which they can grow and flourish. We look forward to presenting dynamic concerts that reflect the future of historical performance in North America.


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