What to Expect
Guilford College (pictured above) has been the summer home of the Eastern Music Festival for 57 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 280,000 that is located 75 miles west of Raleigh-Durham, 90 miles northeast of Charlotte, and about halfway between Atlanta and Washington, DC.
Guilford College's Dana Auditorium, completed in 1961 and known for its excellent acoustics, is the primary performance hall for EMF concerts.
Located in Guilford College's Founders Hall, Sternberger Auditorium serves as a rehearsal space for orchestra as well as the performance facility for piano recitals, master classes and Young Artist Chamber Music Recitals.
EMF students and 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, and all Guilford College facilities are air-conditioned. Summer staff members include a nurse, dean of students and counselors. The EMF Admissions Office, Dean of Students Office and Operations Offices are located on campus during the Festival.
Restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and banks are located within a quarter-mile of campus. Students may use the college's library and recreational facilities. Amenities include a weight room, raquetball, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts.
Recreational and social activities are planned on a regular basis, both on and off campus. Popular on-site activities include Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, video games, foosball, pool and dances. Off-site activities such as movies and bowling are voluntary and may cost extra. Students are occasionally invited to receptions or functions with patrons and scholarship donors. Transportation is available for off-campus activities.
EMF hosts a College Fair on campus where representatives from conservatories and colleges across the U.S. meet with students and provide information about their programs. This helps many students make informed decisions about their choice of undergraduate and graduate schools.
Programs that attended EMF's College Fair in 2018 (did not occur in 2019 due to facility construction nor in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic season cancellation):
Bard College Conservatory of Music
Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Carnegie Mellon University
Cleveland Institute of Music
Eastman School of Music
Florida State University
Interlochen Arts Academy
Longy School of Music
Manhattan School of Music
Mannes, The New School
New England Conservatory
North Greenville University
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory
University of Georgia
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina, School of the Arts
University of North Texas
University of South Carolina
Vanderbilt University, Blair School of Music
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