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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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 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 week, pianists participate in a master class led by faculty members. Several will be invited by the faculty to perform in public master classes given by guest artists.

Performance Classes

In addition to master classes, students participate in weekly performance classes led by piano faculty. The small-group settings offer a supportive atmosphere for the development of performance skills.

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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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

Eastern Music Festival features the world's most sought-after artists and teachers, who work with students and perform as part of our acclaimed concert series. Past guest artists include musical legends like Midori, Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Heidi Castleman, Stefan Jackiw, Cynthia Phelps, Robert Vernon, Lynn Harrell, Edgar Meyer, Sir James Galway, the Canadian Brass, Evelyn Glennie, as well as alumni like Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

Guest Artists

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. In addition, 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.

Classes & Seminars

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.

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