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Medieval and Renaissance Competition



Medieval and Renaissance Competition

EMA's fourth Medieval and Renaissance Competition will take place at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland on October 1, 2016. Our competition brings together some of the brightest up-and-coming performers of music between 1000 and 1600.



Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be ensembles (minimum 2 performers) using voice(s) and/or period instrument(s).

Repertoire is limited to the Medieval and Renaissance period, roughly 1000-1600 A.D., performed on period instruments and in a style which is historically informed.

Applicants must be members of EMA (either the ensemble must be an organization member of EMA or all members of the ensemble must be individual members).

Applicants must be residents of USA or Canada.

Applicants must meet the definition of "emerging artists"-ensembles which have not performed together for more than 5 years and where the average age of the performers is 35 or younger as of the date of application (most of the performers should be under 35).

Previous ensemble winners of EMA competitions, as well as current members of the EMA board or staff are not eligible to compete.


An anonymous panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists based on the quality of their performance.

The selected finalists will be invited to give a live 20 minute performance in concert at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Travel subsidies, $200/person up to a maximum $1,000 per finalist ensemble, will be available upon application to help subsidize the trip to Baltimore.

Prize winners will be selected immediately after the concert. A panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will judge the finalists’ competition in Baltimore. Winners will be announced at a celebratory reception immediately following the concert.

First Place Award
  1. A cash prize of $2,500.
  2. Engagements with select major presenters of early music to perform concerts during the 2017-18 or 2018-19 season.
  3. A short feature article in a subsequent issue of EMAg.
  4. A feature on the early music radio program, Harmonia, as scheduled by the host, Angela Mariani.
  5. PR coaching.
  6. Access to a business coaching mentor.
  7. Opportunity for broadcast on classical radio.
Second Place Award

The Second Place winner, selected by the judges, receives $1,500.

Audience Award

The Audience Award winner, selected by the audience in attendance at the finals, receives $500.

Required Materials
    1. Provide a main contact person for correspondence between EMA and your ensemble.
    2. Please submit a list of ensemble members including the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Age and Instrument(s).
    3. Bios of the performers. Word Limit: 300 Max for each performer
    4. History of the Ensemble. Word Limit: 300 Max
    5. A short description of the scholarly, performance practice, or philosophical issues
      that most inform your approach to performing your repertory. Word Limit: 300 Max
    6. 2 to 4 video samples totaling 10 to 15 minutes of the ensemble in performance. Single camera, still shot. Files should be unedited from a live performance with applause deleted. Video to be submitted via link to YouTube or Vimeo.
    7. List of repertoire included in the 10-15 minutes of video files.
    8. Possible program for final round including program notes.
    9. 1 to 2 full-length examples of potential touring programs.
    10. Application and Deadline

      The application is now closed. Thank you for applying!


Early Music America, with the support of a generous individual donor, sponsored three Medieval/Renaissance Performance Competitions. This competition encouraged the development of emerging artists in the performance of Medieval and Renaissance music.


Unicorn Prize and Audience Prize Winner: Plaine & Easie


Unicorn Prize Winner: Ensemble La Rota


Unicorn Prize Winner: Asteria

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