Making Connections

We look forward to gathering the early-music community as we host our first in-person Summit in Boston, MA, October 24-26, 2023. The theme of EMA’s first in-person Summit, Making Connections, celebrates the many ways our community comes together to share and grow, in all its cultural richness and variety. More than 20 thought-provoking presentations by scholar-performers will feature topics that bridge music-making, research, advocacy, education, and entrepreneurship. We’ll also provide opportunities to make new connections through performances and social activities. Join us for three exciting days including concerts from Boston-area professionals plus discussion panels, research presentations, workshops, and much more. The 2023 Summit will also feature live performances from our Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase as a central element.

Summit registration includes:

  • Access to all Summit presentations and events
  • Admission to all three featured 8:00pm concerts ($110 value).
  • 50% discount on tickets to the Handel and Haydn Society’s Friday, October 27 concert at Symphony Hall. ($7-$50 value)

An EMA Membership saves you money! A $35 Student Membership or $85 Personal Membership + Member Registration is still less than the Non-Member registration rates. And Students can claim a one-time, one-year free membership at any point during their time in school!

Get all the benefits of membership for a full year & attend the EMA Summit. Join now!

Member Rates
Non-Member Rates
Student $125$150
*Supporter rates help offset the cost for students and those in financial need. Thank you for your generosity.
If you are you in need of financial assistance, please contact

Refund Policy
Registration refund requests will be honored if received on or before October 15, 2023 and are subject to a $10 processing fee.

Day Passes will be available on-site during the Summit if space is available.
Member Student day pass: $35
Member day pass: $65
Non-Member Student day pass: $70
Non-Member day pass: $100

Presentations and concerts will be at Emmanuel Church and First Church Boston. A & B sessions are concurrent presentations held in separate spaces.

Tuesday, October 24

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amThe Viol at 430Hz: Making a Place for the Classical Viol (Lecture-Performance)NAGAMO: A Case Study in Collaboration & Decolonization (Lecture-Performance)
11:00am-12:00pmBeyond the Composer: Curating Concerts that Celebrate Overlooked Music-Makers (lecture-performance)Touring Music’s Stories (Lecture)
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival
Old Dominion Madrigal Singers
Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Ensembles
3:30-4:30pmKeynote: A Conversation with Countertenor John Holiday
5:00-6:00pmFeatured Presentation
The Boston Camerata
We’ll Be There!: American Spirituals Black and White 1800-1900 (lecture-performance)
6:00-8:00pmDinner Break
8:00-9:30pmFeatured Concert
Musicians of the Old Post Road
Into The Light: Unearthed Treasures by Christoph Graupner

Wednesday, October 25

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amUniting through dance in the 18th Century (Performance-Workshop)Fostering Access and Inclusion in Student Early Music Ensembles (Workshop)
11:00am-12:00pmVirtuosity at Home in the 19th century (Lecture-Performance)The Inquisitive Performer (individual research presentation)

Commanding the Passions: Embodiment and Freedom in Historical Acting Techniques and Performance (individual research presentation)
12:00-1:30pmLunch Break
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival
Special Music School Baroque Ensemble
UConn Collegium Musicum
3:30-4:30pmKeynote Panel: Making Connections in Early-Music Member Organizations
5:00-6:00pmMixed Consort Jam Session Everything You Need to Know About Performing 15th-Century Vocal Ensemble Music
6:00-8:00pmDinner BreakEPLC Contradanse Mixer
8:00-9:30pmFeatured Concert
Boston Baroque X-tet
works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Lusitano

Thursday, October 26

TimeSession ASession B
9:30-10:30amMusic Appreciation as a Tool for Expanding Early Music Perspectives (lecture-performance)National commemorations, historical memory, their impact, and good practices for inclusion in cultural spaces (individual research)

Casting the Castrati Voice: Creating Safe Spaces for the Trans & Non-Binary Community within Early Opera (individual research)
11:00am-12:00pmBuilding on Bach: Six New Suites for Solo Cello (lecture-performance)[Note: actual time will be 10:45-11:45]
Beyond Tokenism: Anti-racism and Gender Justice in Early Music Programming (workshop)
12:00-1:30pmLunch BreakBrown Bag Lunch Panel: Whose Stories are We Telling?
1:30-3:00pmYoung Performers Festival
McGill University Baroque Orchestra
Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra
2:00-5:00pmDrop-in open dress rehearsal with Handel & Haydn Society (offsite: Symphony Hall)
BaroQUEER! – performance & workshop
6:00-8:00pmDinner Break
8:00-9:30pmEMA’s Annual Awards Ceremony & Emerging Artists Showcase
Marie Nadeu-Tremblay, baroque violin
The Fooles, 17th century chamber ensemble
Maryse Legault, historical clarinet, with Gili Loftus, fortepiano

All featured Summit performances will be held at Emmanuel Church of the city Boston and free for all Summit participants. Additionally, Young Performers Festival concerts will be free and open to the public, and daily 8:00pm concerts will ticketed for non-participants.

Tuesday, October 24
1:30pmYoung Performers Festival, Concert #1
– Old Dominion Madrigal Singers, Bianca Hall, director
– Case Western Reserve University Historical Performance Ensembles, Julie Andrijeski, director
5:00pm – The Boston CamerataWe’ll be There! American Spirituals, Black and White, 1800-1900″ Lecture-performance. Limited seating.
8:00pmMusicians of the Old Post RoadInto The Light: Unearthed Treasures by Christoph Graupner” – TICKETS

Wednesday, October 25
1:30pm – Young Performers Festival, Concert #2
– Special Music School Baroque Ensemble, Jude Ziliak, director
– UConn Collegium Musicum, Eric Rice, director
8:00pmBoston Baroque X-tet presents works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Lusitano – TICKETS

Thursday, October 26
1:30pm – Young Performers Festival, Concert #3
– McGill University Baroque Orchestra, Dorian Bandy, director
– Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Phoebe Carrai & Sarah Darling, directors
8:00pm – EMA Annual Awards Ceremony and Emerging Artists ShowcaseTICKETS
– Marie Nadeau-Tremblay, baroque violin
– The Fooles, 17th century chamber ensemble
– Maryse Legault, historical clarinet, with Gili Loftus, fortepiano

Discounted room rates have been arranged at the following hotels during the Summit (stays from October 23-27). Please note the cutoff dates for each hotel. Quantities are limited.

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown Center – $199/night
811 Massachusetts Ave.
(617) 445-6400 or book online
Cutoff date: September 23, 2023

Boston Marriott Copley Place – $359/night
110 Huntington Ave, Boston
(617) 236-5800
Cutoff date: September 25, 2023

Sheraton Boston Hotel – $399/night
39 Dalton St., Boston
(617) 236-2000
Cutoff date: September 25, 2023

Thank you to our 2023 EMA Summit sponsors!

The Roxanne and Henry Brandt Foundation
John Carey
Tony Elitcher
James A. Glazier
Bill McJohn
Miles Morgan

Gene Murrow
Richard & Lois Pace
Schwalbe & Partners, Inc.
Paul Rabin
Susan L. Robinson
Alice Robbins

2023 EMA Summit performance partners

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