Early Music America names David McCormick as executive director

Posted on: November 8, 2021

“David McCormick, an early-music scholar, educator, and Baroque violinist, is to succeed Karin Brookes as the executive director of Early Music America (EMA),” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (11/5) Musical America (subscription required). “Brookes, in the job four years, is the new administrative director at the Juilliard School. McCormick, a founding member of New York-based medieval ensemble Alkemie, has been artistic director of the Early Music Access Project, as well as executive director of Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, both in Virginia. Through a fellowship with the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, McCormick has been investigating the repertoire of free and enslaved Black musicians associated with Monticello. The result is a web concert series, ‘Expanding the Narrative,’ and an upcoming feature film titled Black Fiddlers, of which he is an executive producer. McCormick served for two years as president of the Charlottesville Music Teachers Association and has offered performance practice workshops for educators, students, and performers through the Virginia Music Teachers Association, James Madison University, Fordham University, Fairmont State University, and others. He plays a vielle (medieval violin) by Karl Dennis and violin by Jonathan Vacanti.”