Early Music America hosts Conference and Annual Meeting at Boston Early Music Festival in June 2011

7 Apr 2011

[SEATTLE, WA]—The 2010-2011 season marks the 25th Anniversary of Early Music America (EMA), the North American service organization for the field of early music. Special events to be held during the Boston Early Music Festival, June 12-19, 2011 include a conference, Focus on the Future of Early Music and the EMA Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Reception, as well as the launch of the EMA Young Performers Festival, described in detail here.


EMA Conference at BEMF: Focus on the Future of Early Music

June 15-17 (Wed.-Fri., 10am-12noon each day, Park Plaza Hotel, 4th Floor, Whittier Room). FREE to all EMA members and participants in the Young Performers Festival; $20 daily charge for non-members. The EMA conference will consist of three morning sessions in the Whittier Room on the 4th Floor of the Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116). The schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, June 15
9am-12pm. Workshop “Embracing Entrepreneurship” by David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician. The workshop is intended primarily for students and young professionals building their careers, including participants in EMA’s Young Performers Festival, but all are welcome.

Thursday, June 16
10am-11am. Panel discussion on “The Future of Early Music in Higher Education,” moderated by Angela Mariani (Texas Tech early music director and host of the radio show Harmonia). Panelists will include Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks (University of North Texas); Adam Gilbert (USC); Wendy Gillespie (Indiana University); Martin Pearlman (Boston University); and Ben Soslund (Juilliard School).
11am-12pm. Networking and small group discussions for early music directors, students, and others interested in the future of early music in higher education. Topics to be developed and announced at 11am.

Friday, June 17
10am-12pm. Panel discussions on “The Future of Early Music” moderated by EMA Board Member Gene Murrow (Executive Director of Gotham Early Music Scene, NYC).
10am-11am. The critics and media speak: panelists include Allan Kozinn (NY Times); Heidi Waleson (Wall Street Journal); Robert Aubry Davis (Millennium of Music); Angela Mariani (Harmonia).
11am-12pm. The artists speak: panelists include Anne Azéma (medieval/Renaissance voice, Boston Camerata); Joan Kimball (Renaissance winds, Piffaro); Rachel Barton Pine (violin, both Baroque and modern, Chicago); Matthew White (Baroque opera/voice, Seattle and Canada).


EMA Annual Membership Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and Reception

Saturday, June 18. All EMA members and guests are invited to attend.

4:30-5:30pm—Meeting and Awards Ceremony in the Exeter Room, 6th Floor of the Radisson Hotel (200 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116)
5:30-6:30pm—Reception in the Theater Café on the Mezzanine of the Radisson EMA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony is the once-a-year special meeting where EMA presents its prestigious annual awards: the Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in early music; the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement by a college or university early music director; and the Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in outreach by an artist or ensemble. We also announce the names of our Outreach grant and Scholarship winners, and introduce new EMA board members. The Reception following is a big PARTY, honoring our award recipients, donors to EMA’s 25th Anniversary, Young Performers Festival participants, and all our loyal EMA members.


About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. Individual and organizational members hail from all over the U.S. and Canada and from at least 16 other countries. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.

Patrick Nugent, Director of Public Relations
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