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Young Performers Festival & Emerging Artists Showcase


Young Performers Festival

& Emerging Artists Showcase


2018 Festival & Showcase, Bloomington, Indiana

Thursday, May 24
3:00 pm - YPF: Tarara (First Presbyterian Church)
4:30 pm - YPF: Oberlin Baroque (First Presbyterian Church)

Friday, May 25
4:30 pm - YPF: The B'More Bach Ensemble (Trinity Episcopal Church)
7:00 pm - EAS: Rumore Terribile, Mélisande McNabney, and Voyage Sonique (Auer Hall, Simon Music Center)

Saturday, May 26
3:00 pm - YPF: CWRU Baroque Ensemble (First Presbyterian Church)
4:30 pm - YPF: USC Collegium Workshop (First Presbyterian Church)
7:00 pm - EAS: Rachell Ellen Wong, Adriana Ruiz, and the Costanoan Trio (Auer Hall, Simon Music Center)

Emerging Artists Showcase performances will be livestreamed via IU Music Live and WFIU Public Media. Young Performance Festival concerts will be livestreamed by EMA via Facebook Live

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.




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.

Past Participants


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 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 Cantata Project
Juilliard 415
The Peabody Consort
University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers
Florida State Early Music Ensemble
USC Thornton 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
USC 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

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