Many visiting artists give master classes, open to the public, as part of their residency. Several students will be invited by the faculty to perform in these classes, with consideration given to a student's preparation and repertoire. Faculty members offer weekly studio classes focusing on specific topics, thereby giving students the opportunity to experience a variety of teaching styles. Students are required to attend the weekly faculty studio classes.

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Sectional rehearsals are held weekly for in-depth study of orchestral repertoire. Faculty members and young artists work through challenging passages and solve performance problems. Sectionals supplement individual preparation and develop unity of performance.

Chamber music is an important part of EMF's curriculum. All orchestral students are required to participate; ensemble assignments are made by faculty at the beginning of the summer, and each ensemble rehearses 3-4 times a week. Two of the weekly rehearsals are coached by a faculty member. Young artist ensembles perform on the Chamber Music Recital Series and are often invited to perform off-campus.

As part of the core curriculum, each young artist receives one hour of individual instruction weekly from a faculty member. The one-on-one work with an individual teacher throughout the summer allows for rapid progress in solving technical problems and learning new repertoire.

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Presented twice-weekly during the festival's concert season, EMF Young Artists prepare full length concert programs.

EMF showcases two equally talented young artists orchestras. Each orchestra rehearses six times a week in accordance with professional standards for preparation, punctuality and performance. Both orchestras perform with faculty soloists, visiting artists and winners of the EMF concerto competition. Seating in each orchestra rotates.

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EMF offers optional classroom instruction related to the performance and business of music. Open dialogue and honest advice enhance students' experiential learning.

One paid fellowship position is available for a young professional percussionist, who is between the ages of 23 and 33. As an Eastern Music Festival Percussion Fellow, this musician will have the opportunity to perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra (the professional orchestra in residence) and in other festival ensembles (as programming needs dictate.) Stipends and Room and Board are available.

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