Early Music America Presents Workshops, Seminars and Concerts at the Boston Early Music Festival

22 Jun 2009

(SEATTLE)-Early Music America offered a number of events in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival.  The Boston Early Music Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious early music festivals in the world featuring a multitude of concerts and workshops as well as hosting its bi-annual exhibition.

On Thursday, June 11, EMA presented Making IContact, a session which explored how to reach new audiences while maintaining current constituencies through inexpensive and virtual marketing strategies. Amanda Ameer (First Chair Promotion, New York) shared valuable tips and success stories through the use of Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube marketing, which are considered important resources for expanding into new markets.

Powerpoint presentation from Amanda Ameer (PDF file)

Also taking place on Thursday was a networking and discussion session called Making Lemonade: Dealing with the Down Economy which was moderated by EMA Executive Director Maria Coldwell. Those attending (including business owners, musicians, agents, et al) explored how their organizations are dealing with the current economic climate.
EMA Economic Survey (PDF file)
Tips for Survival in a Down Economy (PDF file)

EMA hosted a Renaissance sight reading session for young adults on Friday led by Sarah Mead (Brandeis University) and Lyle Nordstrom (Univ. of North Texas).

 photos by Early Music America  

EMA's annual Membership Meeting, Awards Ceremony and Reception (also taking place on Friday) featured a gathering of Early Music America individual, board and organizational members, guests, and staff to present current and forthcoming projects as well as bestow awards recognizing achievements in the field of early music:

  • Outreach Award: Jerry Fuller, Midwest Young Artists
  • Lifetime Outreach Award Winner: Grace Feldman
  • Thomas Binkley Award Winner: Steven Plank, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Howard Mayer Brown Award Winner: Stanley Ritchie, Indiana University
Remarks from Steven Plank accepting Thomas Binkley Award.
Remarks from Stanley Ritchie, Indiana University, winner of the Howard Mayer Brown Award.
(left to right) Maria Coldwell, Executive Director of Early Music America; Larry Zukof, director of Neighborhood Music School, accepting the Lifetime Outreach Award on behalf of Grace Feldman; Steven Plank, Oberlin, winner of the Thomas Binkley Award; Stanley Ritchie, Indiana University, winner of the Howard Mayer Brown Award; Jerry Fuller, early music director of Midwest Young Artists, Chicago, IL, winner of the Outreach Award; Ron Cook, Board President of EMA. Photo by Early Music America.

EMA Collegium Grant Winners performed at BEMF including ¡Sacabuche! (sackbut ensemble from Indiana University, directed by Linda Pearse) performing The Venetian Influence with vocal music with Baroque trombones and organ by Gabrieli, Usper, Porta, Monteverdi, Schutz, Ahle, and Rosenmuller. Performing “Deus Judicium Tuum: Sacred Music of Kuhnau and Telemann," cantatas and concerti of Kuhnau and Telemann for orchestra, choir, and soloists was the University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers (directed by Lyle Nordstrom).