Recognized as one of the most gifted and eminent performers, recording artists and teachers in the guitar world, Julian Gray's career over three decades has included critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian-Sono Luminus label and concert appearances and master classes throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. His work in helping to establish the guitar duo repertoire include his many arrangements for duo with partners Ronald Pearl and Serap Bastepe-Gray and the commissioning and premieres of works by many prominent composers. His students are frequent top prize winners at major national and international solo guitar, guitar concerto, and chamber ensemble competitions, and his many former students are members of University, College, and Conservatory faculties in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is the Chair of the Guitar Department at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, and is Professor of Music and Director of the Guitar Studies Program at the Shenandoah Conservatory of the Shenandoah University.

The first four days of EMF explorers are located at the Guilford College campus, the home of the Eastern Music Festival. The final day is held at The Music Academy of North Carolina.


Ages 4 & 5
July 9–12, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm


Ages 6 & 7
July 16–20, 2018
9:00am – 12:00pm

Enrollment on a first-served basis. This includes tuition, a goodie bag, two tickets to the fun and popular EMF Family Night Concert, healthy snacks, and supplies.

EMF has a long history of bringing classical chamber music into the community to perform at retirement homes, libraries, children's camps, Rotary Clubs, and more.


Dust off your instruments and join the Gate City Horizons Band, the Music Center, City Arts, and select EMF faculty and students in a regional band camp on July 10-12, 2015.


Experience the magical sound only eighty musicians can create, in the informal and more relaxed setting of an open rehearsal. Bring your children and observe the symphony orchestra as it prepares for its weekly performance. The rehearsal opens at approximately 10:30am when the orchestra takes a brief break. Free and open to the public!


Musicologist Dr. Greg Carroll and Maestro Peter Perret explore the history behind the evening's composers and repertoire in a casual, conversational atmosphere during EMF's summer season. Free and open to the public!

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Jason Vieaux, "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" (Gramophone), is the classical guitarist that goes beyond the classical. He has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has performed as concerto soloist with over 50 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, and San Diego. Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. He has released twelve commercial albums, which regularly broadcast around the world. In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an interface that provides online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and he has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2001. Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America. In 1992 he was the youngest ever winner of the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant.

7:30-8:30 Breakfast
9:00-10:00 Performance Development Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Faculty Chamber Coaching
2:00-4:00 Practice/Lessons
4:00-5:00 Master Class
5:30-6:30 Dinner/Free Time
6:30-7:30 Guitar Orchestra Rehearsal
8:00 Recital or Concert

At EMF, you will have the opportunity to attend numerous guitar concerts and recitals featuring the guitar faculty and fellow program participants. You will also have access to all of the Festival's world-class orchestra and chamber music performances.