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 move beyond the traditional Western classical canon, but fall within the same historical range (to ca.1820), are encouraged to apply.

We are pleased to have received so many initial notices of intent, and the Young Performers Festival will go forward the week of May 10, 2021! Regardless of whether you submitted a notice of intent, institutions with ensembles who wish to participate in our virtual 2021 YPF may now submit their festival materials. 

Those who wish for EMA to feature their ensemble during the official festival week should submit their performance video along with any publicity materials by Friday, April 30, 2021. Please submit your performance video as a YouTube URL link. Additionally, if you plan to premiere your performance video, please provide us with the date and time (including time zone) of your planned YouTube Premiere. Optional publicity materials may include up to two high-resolution photos (600x400px minimum, png or jpg), and links to your institution’s website and/or social media page. 

In order for EMA to continue featuring student ensembles, the YPF microsite will remain posted through September 2021. Therefore, those who are unable to produce a performance video by the festival participation deadline may still submit a video link during the summer. We will post these videos to the YPF microsite as we receive them following the festival week of May 10. 

Festival Description:

Early Music America’s 2021 fully virtual Young Performers Festival (YPF) invites collegiate and pre-college early music ensembles to celebrate what early music educational institutions of the Americas have been accomplishing during the 2020-21 academic year.

Participating ensembles will submit a performance video via YouTube link (either as a scheduled premiere or as an existing link) to be featured on a microsite dedicated to the Young Performers Festival (see examples of Early Music Season Reimagined and EMA Member Playlist). 

Each institution may submit one video link. The video may be short (a few pieces to create a small set) or long (full-length concert), and can consist of any music performed by student ensembles during the 2020-21 academic year, whether in a live or virtual setting. EMA will also host meet and greet Zoom gatherings organized by institution type to allow festival participants to meet one another throughout the festival week.

YPF 2021 will be held the week of May 10, 2021, complete with an online schedule of Festival presentations. EMA will also promote Festival performances by posting pre-submitted ensemble publicity materials on its website and social media.

In addition to showcasing student ensembles during the Festival, there is potential to promote YPF submissions at other events later in the year .

Interested participants should notify EMA of their intent to participate using the online form on this page. Submission of the participation form is not binding and serves merely to inform EMA of the number of interested participants.

2021 Young Performers Festival Submission Form

Please complete the form below by Friday, April 30, 2021 to guarantee your inclusion in the Festival celebration the week of May 10. Materials submitted following the April 30 deadline will be included on the site at a later date.

Each institution may submit one video. Videos may be of any length and may contain performances from more than one ensemble. Video links must be from YouTube.

Contact Details

EMA use only. Will not be made public.

For EMA use only.
For EMA use only.
For EMA use only.

Educational Institution Details

Will be public.

Performance Details

Must be a valid YouTube URL.
Ensemble name(s) and general repertoire choices. 50 words max. Additional information may be included in a program PDF.
(list of pieces, notes, text/translation, etc.)


If your video will have a scheduled YouTube premiere between May 10 and May 17, 2021.
Please include timezone.

Publicity Details

Optional publicity materials may include up to two high-resolution photos (600x400px minimum, png or jpg. Maximum file size 2MB), and links to your institution’s website and/or social media page.

Web & Social Media

If your submission is successful, you will see a green confirmation message and receive a confirmation by email. If you do not see the confirmation message or receive the email, please resubmit.

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