What to Expect
Guilford College (pictured above) has been the summer home of the Eastern Music Festival for 55 years. Founded in 1837, Guilford College is known for its peaceful, tree-lined campus and its historic buildings. The campus is situated on the western edge of Greensboro, North Carolina, a city of 269,000 that is located 75 miles west of Raleigh-Durham, 90 miles northeast of Charlotte, and about halfway between Atlanta and Washington, DC.
Completed in 1961, Dana Auditorium, which is known for its excellent acoustics, is the primary performance hall for Eastern Music Festival concerts.
Located in Founders Hall, Sternberger Auditorium serves as a rehearsal space for orchestra as well as the performance facility for master classes and chamber music recitals.
All Guilford College facilities are air-conditioned. The Festival employs a resident, full-time staff during the season. Students and their counselors live in Guilford College residence halls, while faculty and some guest artists are housed in nearby campus apartments. Students are grouped by gender, and residence halls are separated by age. Meals are served in the college dining hall; laundry facilities are located in each residence hall. The EMF Admissions Office, Dean of Students Office and Operations Office are located on campus during the Festival.
A variety of restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, and banks are located within a quarter-mile of campus. Students are offered use of the college library and recreational facilities at Guilford College as part of their enrollment. These amenities include a weight room and courts for racquetball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball.
Recreational and social activities are planned on a regular basis, both on and off campus. Some of the more popular on-site activities include Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, video games, foosball, pool and dances. Off-site activities such as movies or bowling are voluntary and may incur an additional cost. Students are occasionally invited to receptions or functions with patrons and scholarship donors in social settings. Transportation is provided for off-campus activities.
Each summer Eastern Music Festival hosts a College Fair on campus where representatives from conservatories and colleges meet with students and provide information about their programs. Last year, 34 representatives from schools such as Cleveland Institute, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, University of Michigan, and Vanderbilt University attended the College Fair. This event has helped many students make informed decisions about their choice of undergraduate and graduate schools.
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