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.

2022 Young Performers Festival
Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Free Admission. Donations welcome.

The concerts will also be livestreamed on EMA’s YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, June 8

Thursday, June 9

Read about the ensembles and their concert programs.

In-Person for 2022!

We are looking forward to presenting the Young Performers Festival on June 8-9, 2022 in-person as part of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (June 5-12) in Berkeley, CA. This marks EMA’s fourth appearance at BFX, our last in 2016.

The application closed on Monday, February 21, 2022 at 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time.

All selected ensembles will be issued a $1,500 Travel Grant to assist with travel expenses.

Videos of previous Young Performers Festival performances can be viewed in EMA’s Video Resources.

Guidelines for Application

We highly encourage all applicants to submit your application at least ONE WEEK prior to the deadline in case there are any issues with your application, so we can resolve them in a timely manner before the deadline.

All required materials MUST be submitted via the application form.

Those selected for the Young Performers Festival will be notified by Monday, March 14, 2022.

Please submit questions to

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