Baroque Competition Application

    Early Music America's Baroque Performance Competition is to encourage the development of emerging artists in the performance of Baroque music. Following is application instructions pertaining to the 2014 Competition.

    Eligible Applicants

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

    Repertoire is limited to Baroque period, roughly 1600-1750 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 organizational 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 are not eligible to compete; ensembles including a current member of the EMA board or staff are not eligible to compete.

    Application Deadline

    May 2, 2014


    An anonymous panel of 3 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists, based on performance quality of their recordings and will be notified by Monday, June 2, 2014.

    The selected finalists will be invited to give live 20 to 30-minute performances in concert at the Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago Campus in Chicago on Saturday, October 11, 2014. (Travel subsidies, $200/person up to a maximum $1,000 per finalist ensemble, will be available upon application to help subsidize the trip to Chicago.)

    Prize winners will be selected immediately after the concert. A panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will judge the finalists’ competition in Chicago and select the winner with a celebratory reception following the announcement.

    First Place Award

    1. A cash prize of $3,000
    2. Engagements with five major presenters of early music to perform a concert during the 2015-16 or 2016-17 season.
    3. A short feature article in a subsequent issue of Early Music America magazine.
    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.

    Audience Award

    The Audience Prize is voted on by the audience in attendance at the finals. This prize includes a $1,000 cash prize and will be awarded immediately after the finals.

    Presentation Award

    The Presentation Prize winner, selected by the judges, receives $500 and is selected for presenting the most innovative concert experience combining inventive programming, compelling program notes, and undeniable stage presence.

    Required Materials

    1. Please submit a list of ensemble members including the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Email, Age and Instrument(s).
    2. Bios of the performers. Word Limit: 300 Max for each performer
    3. History of the Ensemble. Word Limit: 300 Max
    4. 15-30 minutes of total audio and/or video files demonstrating ensemble's performance. May be multiple short selections. Files are ideally unedited, from a live performance, with applause deleted.

    Please note-The competition focuses on music from the Baroque period, roughly 1600 to 1750. Works from the late 16th century are acceptable as long as the majority of works presented for the qualifying round and for the finals are clearly Baroque.


    Thank you for your interest in EMA’s 2014 Baroque Performance Competition. The application process is closed. 

    Please contact if you have any questions about this application.

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