Early Music America has announced the creation of the EMA Young Performers Festival, a new initiative for the organization’s 25th-anniversary season. Taking place in Boston from June 13 to 18, 2011 in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival, the festival’s two major components will be a 32-student festival ensemble of students from the U.S. and Canada, who will be led and coached by Scott Metcalfe, director of the vocal ensemble Blue Heron; and a week-long series of concerts by university-based early-music ensembles. Five of the participating ensembles have received grants from EMA to help underwrite their travel expenses for the festival: groups from Case Western Reserve, McGill University, Oberlin Conservatory, University of North Texas, and the University of Southern California. As many as ten other college- and university-based early-music ensembles, to be announced at a later date, will also give concerts during the festival. Participating students will have access to special coaching and networking events during the festival. All events will take place at First Church of Boston and First Lutheran Church of Boston. Early Music America is the North American service organization for the field of early music.
Posted February 10, 2011