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 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.
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.
Eastern Music Festival offers optional classroom instruction in several areas related to the performance and business of music that completes our rigorous program. Our classes and seminars give students an opportunity to converse with faculty about issues that every musician encounters throughout a professional career. 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.) Stipend and Room and Board are available.
Twelve String Fellowships are available for young professionals – Violinists, Violists, Cellists – who are between the ages of 23 and 33. As an Eastern Music Festival String Fellow, you will have the opportunity to perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra (the professional orchestra in residence) and in chamber music ensembles.
Eastern Music Festival's intensive conducting training program offers career and professional development through an accelerated learning process in a technically challenging and positive environment. EMF will accept up to 9 conducting scholars (age 18 or older) to work with master conductors and the festival's student and faculty orchestras.
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