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Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase


Young Performers Festival

& Emerging Artists Showcase

Young Performers Festival


Since 2010, Early Music America (EMA) has been proud to bring together college and university ensembles throughout North America to perform on the fringe of the nation's leading early music festivals in Boston, MA and Berkeley, CA.

As EMA seeks to reach more of its membership across North America, the board has taken the initiative to bring our 8th-Annual Young Performers Festival (YPF) to America’s heartland. For the first time in 2018, EMA will join forces with the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute has supported early music for more than four decades, and the Bloomington community has a substantial audience uniquely devoted to historical performance. That audience is already looking forward with great enthusiasm to the arrival of EMA and YPF next May.


In addition to the annual Young Performers Festival, EMA is excited to announce its first-ever Emerging Artists Showcase. The Showcase will go beyond the university level already represented by YPF to serve the broadest possible range of artists. The term “emerging artist” can include historically informed performers of all types, without respect to age. Applicants will be asked to describe how they see the future of historical performance taking shape, and to define how their role as artists and ensembles aligns with that future vision. Applicants submitting programs that move beyond the traditional Western classical canon, but fall within the same historical range (to ca.1820), will also be considered.

Benefits & Past Participants



EMA will cover the cost of the venue rental, offer financial travel assistance and promote all national publicity for both the Festival & the Showcase: EMAg—the Magazine of Early Music America, e-newsletter, E-Notes, as well as on our website and social media accounts.

In addition to performing as featured artists at BLEMF, selected applicants will participate in special workshop sessions focused on entrepreneurship and career development, sponsored by Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at the IU Jacobs School of Music, and led by leading luminaries and presenters in the field.

As we move forward with the Festival & Showcase, EMA's hope is that together, we can offer soloists and ensembles a supportive, stimulating environment in which to grow and flourish. We look forward to presenting exciting concerts that reflect the future of historical performance in North America.


2017: Boston

McGill Baroque Ensemble

Oberlin Baroque

USC Thornton Collegium Workshop

Westminster Kantorei

2016: Berkeley

USC Thornton Sinfonia

Opera Nova (Indiana University)

Bowling Green State University Early Music Ensemble

Case Western Reserve University Collegium Musicum Medieval Ensemble

University Baroque Ensemble at Brigham Young University of Idaho

2015: Boston

Case-Western Reserve University Baroque Chamber Music and Dance Ensemble

The University of Northern Texas

The Peabody Conservatory

Oberlin University Baroque Ensemble

Indiana University

McGill University

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

2014: Berkeley

Arethusa Musica

McGill School's The Victoria IV Madrigal Ensemble

Case-Western Reserve University Baroque Chamber Music and Dance Ensemble

Liaison Baroque Ensemble

USC Thornton School's Baroque Sinfonia

Musa Baroque Ensemble

2013: Boston

Tufts Early Music Ensemble

Longy School of Music Bard College; Longy Dufay Ensemble; Longy Lassus Consort and Longy Bach Cantana Project

Juilliard 415

The Peabody Consort

University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Florida State Early Music Ensemble

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Baroque Sinfonia

Case Western Reserve University, Collegium Musicum

Oberlin Baroque Ensemble

McGill University Baroque Orchestra

The Sebastians

2012: Berkeley

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble

University of California at Berkeley Baroque Chamber Ensemble

University of North Texas Collegium Singers

Stanford University Baroque Ensemble

Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble and Collegium Musicum

University of Southern California Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

2011: Boston

Stony Brook Baroque Players

Harvard University Early Music Society

CWRU/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra

McGill University Baroque Orchestra

University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers

Brandeis Early Music Ensemble

Longy School of Music Collegium Musicum

Peabody Conservatory ensembles

Case Western Reserve University Violin Band and Collegium Musicum

Boston University Chamber Ensemble

Oberlin Baroque Ensemble

¡Sacabuche! from Indiana University

University of Southern California Collegium Musicum and Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

EMA Festival Ensemble

Early Music America

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