Collaborative pianists perform in master classes, studio classes, chamber music recitals, community outreach concerts, and reading sessions with EMF conducting scholars. Some participants rehearse and perform with the Young Artists orchestras under the baton of EMF’s resident conductors or other festival ensembles. In addition, program participants work with the concerto competition finalists to prepare for the competition's final round.

Collaborative piano students participate in ensembles. Students may be assigned to chamber music groups, orchestral parts and piano ensemble study, or they may be selected to accompany other instrumentalists in sonata or concerto literature. All assignments are made at the discretion of the piano faculty.

Chamber ensembles rehearse 3-4 times a week. Two of the weekly rehearsals are coached by EMF’s renowned artist faculty. Chamber ensembles are often invited to perform on the Young Artists Chamber Music Recital Series.

Students participate in weekly performance classes led by piano faculty. The small-group settings offer a supportive atmosphere for the development of performance skills. Piano literature classes and seminars focus on a variety of subjects integral to accompanying and collaborative work with other instrumentalists. Additional topics covered include: interpretation, repertoire, technique and performance practice.

EMF’s Collaborative Piano track is designed to meet the educational needs of young artists whose focus and career plans include work as accompanists and chamber musicians. Coursework will focus on practical aspects of collaborative piano: instrumental accompanying, score reading and preparation, skills and techniques required for successful ensemble playing and other repertoire and rehearsal techniques.

Each year, EMF holds a Concerto Competition. Auditions are open to all young artists. Contestants may perform any solo work with orchestral accompaniment that was originally composed for their instrument and that does not exceed 18 minutes in length. Preliminaries are held on the second Sunday of the Festival; finals are held on the third Sunday. Memorization of standard solo repertoire is required for the final round and the performance.

Recent Winners

Students perform on the weekly Young Artists Piano Recital series, which is open to the public. Pianists may also compete in the Concerto Competition.

Students may be assigned to chamber music groups, orchestral parts and piano ensemble study, or they may be selected to accompany other instrumentalists in sonata literature. All assignments are made at the discretion of the piano faculty.

Chamber ensembles rehearse 3-4 times a week. Two of the weekly rehearsals are coached by EMF’s faculty artists. Student chamber ensembles are often invited to perform on the Young Artists Chamber Music Recital Series.

Master Classes

Each summer, pianists participate in a master classes led by faculty and featured artists.

Performance Classes

Students participate in weekly performance classes led by piano faculty. The small-group settings offers a supportive atmosphere for the development of performance skills.

Literature Classes & Seminars

Faculty led piano literature classes and seminars focus on topics such as musical styles of various eras, historic recordings, technique, memorization, overcoming stage fright, and building a recital program.

EMF's Piano Program is an intensive study with the Festival's resident faculty and visiting artists. Young artists work on repertoire already in progress and new repertoire, improving technique and musicianship. Participants have ready access to pianos for daily practice and rehearsals.

This year, the Festival’s piano program will accept up to twenty qualified young artists for enrollment. The five-week program features formal instruction through private lessons, master classes, chamber music studies and a variety of classes offered each year focusing on everything from technique to the history of the instrument.

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