Each week, guitar participants will attend studio master classes led by guitar faculty members. Several will be invited by the faculty to perform in master classes which will be open to the public.

All participants will rehearse and perform with the Festival Guitar Orchestra. In addition, there will be opportunities to work in small chamber ensembles with other instrumentalists as well as guitar duos, trios and quartets.

The EMF Guitar Program will feature multiple classes and seminars focusing on a variety of topics. Led by faculty, these can cover performance development, fingerboard harmony and theory, technique, guitar literature and history, memorization techniques, transcriptions, career options as well as open discussions about current topics and trends.

A core component of the program is the individualized instruction each participant will receive from the three guitar faculty. Whether it be polishing works already in progress, improving technique or starting new repertoire, this one-on-one time with outstanding teachers will help you refine your individual playing skills.

JULY 13 – JULY 27, 2019

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.

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