Presenting the rising stars of early music and historical performance

Established in 2018, the Emerging Artists Showcase goes beyond the university level already represented by the Young Performers Festival 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 move beyond the traditional Western classical canon, but fall within the same historical range (to ca.1820), are encouraged to apply. Programs of repertory from later than 1820 should have due attention paid to historical performance practice.

2022 Emerging Artists Showcase

The 2022 Emerging Artists Showcase is currently in the planning stage. The application period is currently scheduled to open in November 2022. Please check back in Fall 2022 for more details.

2021 Virtual Showcase Schedule

Concert videos will be premiered at the times listed below immediately followed by a livestreamed conversation with the performers, all via EMA’s YouTube Channel.

  • Friday, May 21 @ 5pm ET/2pm PT
    • Filament: Philadelphia, PA
      • Evan Few (Violin), Elena Smith (Gamba), John Walthausen (Harpsichord)
  • Saturday, May 22 @ 2pm ET/11am PT
    • Beneath A Tree – Baroque To Folk: San Francisco, CA
      • Gail Hernández Rosa (Baroque Violin, Viola, Vocals), Daniel Turkos (Contrabass, Cittern/Irish Bouzouki, Vocals), Paul Holmes Morton (Baroque Guitar, Theorbo, Vocals)
    • Monika Ruusmaa (Harp), Héctor Alfonso Torres (Lute): Denton, TX
  • Sunday, May 23 @ 2pm ET/11am PT
    • Alice M. Chuaqui Baldwin, solo Harpsichord: Rochester, NY
    • Time Stands Still: Cleveland, OH
      • Anna O’Connell (Voice, Triple Harp), Addi Liu (Violin)

2021 Virtual Showcase Performances

2020 Virtual Showcase Performances

2020 Emerging Artists Showcase: L.A. Camerata & Lyracle
2020 Emerging Artists Showcase: Trobár & Gili Loftus

Schedule and Application

  • The Application period for the 2021 Showcase is now closed.

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