Early Music America's Young Performers Festival

    Young Performers Festival

    Early Music America recognizes that the future of early music rests in the hands of today's young performers and the institutions that shape them. The Young Performers Festival brings together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America.  In addition to performing at the Young Performers Festival, Early Music America offers additional activities including open sight-reading sessions coached by various ensemble directors, networking/social events, and career development workshop presentations. NEW THIS YEAR: Battle of the Early Bands...a fun competition with a rowdy MC and fantastic performers competing in different categories. Click for details

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    Young Performers Festival: Berkeley 2014

    Early Music America will, once again, present its Young Performers Festival during the 2014 Berkeley Festival. We are pleased to feature the following six ensembles who will be travelling to Berkeley this year. All performances will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley. Click for directions$10 suggested cash donation.

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    The Early Music Institute at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Arethusa Performing Enchanted Adoration: Sacred and Secular Music of the Italian Baroque. A program of Baroque music for three sopranos, two violins, and continuo, including virtuosic works by Luzzaschi, Mazzocchi, and Carissimi and others. The performance will include minor staging and a mixture of instrumental and vocal works, including solos, duets, and trios. The program’s centerpiece will be Carissimi’s dramatic motet Felicitas beatorum, using all forces of the ensemble. Click to learn about the group.
    The Schulich School of Music of McGill University 
    McGill Performing a program entitled Bonjour mon coeur: A madrigal journey across Europe and the centuries which will include compositions sacred, secular, and everything in between by Lassus, Dowland, Ravenscroft, Rore, Gabrieli, des Prez, and many others. It will focus primarily on music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Click to learn about the group.
    Case Western Reserve University
    CWRU Performing Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Extravagant and Intimate Music and Dance including Sonata II in B-Flat Major – Jacquet de La Guerre, La Rossignol – Jacquet de La Guerre, and excerpts from Céphale et Procris – Jacquet de La Guerre. Performed by the CWRU Baroque Music and Dance Ensembles Dr. Julie Andrijeski, Director and Choreographer Ellen Hargis, Vocal and Gesture Coach Sian Ricketts, DMA Candidate, Assistant Director. Click to learn about the group.
    Liaison Performing Les voix des anges this program will explore the world of high-voice solos and duets of the French Baroque and includes secular and sacred works by Couperin, Charpentier, Monteclair, and Bernier. 
    Click to learn more about the group.
    University of Southern California
    USC Performing La pazzia senile, Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634). A staged production of Banchieri’s madrigal comedy making fun of the great stock comedy characters Pantalone and Il Dottore, always in hopeless love and always thwarted, and always singing comic songs. With voices, and instrumental ensemble performing contemporary dances, sonatas, and grounds. Click to learn more about the group.
    MUSA Join MUSA in a program of the new and the old as we explore military exploits and folly, featuring the adventures of Don Quixote in Telemann's “Burlesque de Quixotte” Ouverture-Suite, Schmelzer's Fechtschule (Fencing School), and a MUSA commission inspired by the idea of folly and folia in our inaugural Art Inspiring Art series with guest composer Danny Clay.
    Click to learn more about the group.


    EMA's Battle of the Early Bands

    Battle of the Early Bands EMA presents Battle of the Early Bands, 9:30pm Friday, June 6 at the California Jazz Conservatory (The Jazzschool), 2087 Addison St. in Berkeley.

    During this spirited and entertaining event, five groups of outstanding young early music ensembles from all around the country will compete in various non-traditional categories (velocity/emotions/creativity/spontaneity, etc.). This battle is produced by EMA’s Youth Advisory Board and will be narrated by Jeffrey Thomas of American Bach Soloists. Come ready to cheer, smile, and be dazzled!

    Scheduled to perform are Sweet Temperament Ensemble, Lauzeta, Emily Davidson, Angelhead, and Arethusa Musica. Click to read about the performers and the MC.

    FREE admission. Cash gladly accepted by musicians as a token of appreciation and support.


    Read about past Young Performers Festivals

    2013 Young Performers Festival Read about the 2013 Young Performers Festival held in Boston, MA during the Boston Early Music Festival.

    Read about the 2012 Young Performers Festival held in Berkeley, CA during the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition.

    Read about the 2011 Young Performers Festival held in Boston, MA during the Boston Early Music Festival.

    Photos at the top of this page and to the left by Grejen Helene.


    How You Can Support the Future of Early Music

    EMA just concluded the third and very successful Young Performers Festival. But, we need your help to continue our efforts to support college-level and young musicians. For more information on how you can support future Young Performers Festivals and other projects, contact Ann Felter, Early Music America Executive Director, at 412-642-2778 or info@earlymusic.org, attn: Ann Felter. Or, you may click here for more information about the various ways you can support EMA.


    Berkeley Exhibition and Mainstage Events

    Early Music America is also presenting the Exhibition June 5-7 as part of the Berkeley Festival. Click for a current exhibitor list and more information about becoming an exhibitor.

    Berkeley Festival The 2014 Berkeley Festival will feature as many as 10 main-stage performances as well as soloists and ensembles from the Bay Area and around the world presenting more than fifty additional exciting early-music performances. Click to view the Berkeley Festival page for performance schedules.


    Special Thanks & Support

    NEA Support for the Young Performers Festival has been provided by the National Endowment for The Arts and individual donors. Also, special thanks goes to the Boston Early Music Festival, especially Kathy Fay and Carla Chrisfield, for their support of the Young Performers Festival, which included complimentary Exhibition passes and tickets to late-night BEMF concerts for the students, and considerable administrative support and publicity from BEMF.