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.


2022 Young Performers Festival

The 2022 Young Performers Festival is in the planning stage. It is our hope to produce a festival in 2022 which combines in-person and virtual performance opportunities to allow as many educational institutions as possible to participate.

The application period is currently scheduled to open in November 2022. Please check back in Fall 2022 for more details.

Early Music America’s 2021 fully-virtual Young Performers Festival (YPF) invited 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.

In order for EMA to continue featuring student ensembles, the YPF microsite will remain posted through September 2021.

The submission period is now closed.

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