The 2010-2011 season marked the 25th Anniversary of Early Music America (EMA), the North American service organization for the field of early music. Anniversary celebrations featured a year-long series of activities intended to strengthen the field of early music, to raise public awareness, and to enhance EMA’s ability to carry out its core mission of service to the field. Click here to read more.
Young Performers Festival
EMA launched a new initiative as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this season: the EMA Young Performers Festival. The EMA Young Performers Festival took place June 13-18, 2011, at First Church of Boston and First Lutheran Church of Boston, in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival. As EMA celebrated its 25th anniversary, the organization recognized that the future of early music rested in the hands of today’s young performers and the institutions that shape them, so students were the focus of EMA’s celebration in June. The Young Performers Festival had two major components, including a select student Festival Ensemble and a week-long series of concerts by university-based early music ensembles.
The select Festival Ensemble was comprised of 34 outstanding students—chosen through a juried process--from university/conservatory ensembles. These students, who hailed from all over the US and Canada, rehearsed and performed together under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron. The concert included an EMA-commissioned fanfare by Adam Knight Gilbert, Director of Early Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Mr. Gilbert’s short Monteverdi-style fanfare was scored for the performers in the select Festival Ensemble. Click here to view the list of students chosen for the select Festival Ensemble.
In addition, EMA presented a week-long series of concerts by university-based early music ensembles (June 13-17), and offered special coaching and networking events to the participating students. The concerts and special sessions took place at both First Church (66 Marlborough St., Boston) and First Lutheran Church (299 Berkeley St., Boston). Five university-based early music ensembles were awarded College-Level Ensemble Grants by EMA to help underwrite their travel expenses for the Young Performers Festival.
Visit EMA's Young Performers Festival page for reviews, audio files, links to videos, concert schedule and more.
Photos by Charles Coldwell
EMA Conference at BEMF
Early Music America hosted a conference, entitled Focus on the Future of Early Music, June 15-17 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston at the time of the Boston Early Music Festival. The conference consisted of three morning sessions with topics ranging from entrepreneurship to early music in higher education. Click here for more information.
25th Anniversary Celebration Concerts
Over 100 EMA member ensembles and series held concerts in honor of EMA’s 25th Anniversary. Click here to view the full list of concerts. EMA's blog has ongoing Q&As with representatives from EMA member ensembles giving honorary concerts during the 2010-2011 season.
Early Music America publishes Winter 2010 Silver Anniversary Issue
The Winter 2010 issue of Early Music America magazine was a special commemorative 25th Anniversary issue containing a retrospective about EMA by founder Ben Peck; an article about today's young early music performers by Heidi Waleson; columns by early music luminaries (including Ben Bagby, Stephen Stubbs, Wendy Gillespie, Jeanne Lamon, Bruce Haynes, etc.) about the current state of early music in North America; and a special EMA section with features by Executive Director Maria Coldwell, plus much more.
Thomas Forrest Kelly On EMA's 25th Anniversary