Celebrating 63 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 22 – July 27, 2024

Euphonium Tuba Institute

JUNE 22 – JULY 6, 2024

Eastern Music Festival’s two-week Euphonium Tuba Institute, open to students ages 14-23 is an enriching summer program held in a remarkable musical environment. Join renowned musicians and educators Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall for a transformative experience. Participants explore crucial aspects of their craft, from technique and pedagogy to orchestral performance and audition preparation. They also have the opportunity to attend young artist and faculty performances.




Audition Requirements


Video auditions are required of all applicants.

Euphonium Tuba Institute applicants should be prepared to upload the following:



  • SOLO: 3-4 minutes of a solo of your choice
  • Blazhevich: Book 1, Etude #35


  • A short biography (250 words or less) – please include any public master classes or ensemble experience you may have.

What To Expect

Private Study

Personalized guidance offered by the dedicated faculty is at the heart of the program. Whether it involves refining existing pieces, enhancing technical proficiency, or embarking on new repertoire, these one-on-one sessions with instructors serve as a crucial catalyst for honing the participants’ musical skills.


Classes & Seminars

The Euphonium Tuba Institute features a variety of classes and seminars covering topics such as practice routines, technique (sound quality, dynamics, articulation, register development), and orchestral/military band audition strategies. Participants also benefit from daily master classes, as well as interactions with instrument/mouthpiece makers to enhance their knowledge of the field.

Chamber Music

All participants rehearse and perform with the Euphonium/Tuba ensemble as well as with smaller groups, culminating with a final performance at the end of the program.

Euphonium & Tuba Concerto Competition

Open to all euphonium and tuba participants in Eastern Music Festival’s two-week Institute, the solo competition winner(s) will be featured performers on a recital with Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall. Winners will receive a cash prize.

To audition for the competition, you must submit a video recording of the work listed below. It needs to be uploaded to your EMF Application for the Euphonium Tuba Institute. The winners will be notified prior to the start of the Festival.

Euphonium Applicants:

Jerry Brubaker
Rhapsody for Euphonium

Tuba Applicants:

Bruce Broughton
Sonata for Tuba and Piano (mvt. 1)

How To Apply

The deadline for receipt of completed applications and the audition recording is February 20, 2024 .


2024 Tuition, Room & Board, and Fees

Eastern Music Festival
$ 2,590
Two-Week Program
  • Tuition - $1,198
  • Room & Board - $1,232
  • Fees (Health, Activity, Cleaning, ID Card, Key, & Security) - $160

Attendance is required for the full two-week program.

  • Euphonium Tuba Institute (June 22 – July 6, 2024)
  • Classical Guitar Summit (July 13 – July 27, 2024)

Decisions regarding admission and financial assistance will be made starting in March, and each applicant will be notified of acceptance by email.

Within ten days of acceptance, all students are required to pay a non-refundable $750 reservation deposit (applicable to tuition), plus complete all other information requested in the acceptance and reservation packet. Scholarship awards are forfeited if appropriate forms and reservation fees are not returned within ten days of acceptance.

All payments may be made by personal check, money order, MasterCard, VISA, Discover or American Express.

Participants may be billed for documented damage/loss of Eastern Music Festival or Guilford College property. This includes lost music, ID cards, keys or destruction of property.

Tuition includes private lessons.

The balance of all tuition and fees is due and payable by May 13, 2024.

There are no refunds after this date (except in the case of medical necessity), and any refunds prior to it are calculated minus the nonrefundable application fee and reservation deposit.

No deductions or refunds will be made for late arrival, early departure, or disciplinary separation from the Festival.

Campus Life

Guilford College

Guilford College, with its six-decade history as the EMF summer home, boasts a serene tree-lined historic campus in Greensboro, North Carolina. The location, strategically positioned between Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, makes it an ideal setting for EMF, offering access to various attractions.

Performance Venues

Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium, with renowned acoustics, serves as EMF’s main concert venue. Student Chamber Recitals and many master classes are held in Hege Library’s Carnegie Room. EMF also presents concerts in various venues across North Carolina’s Triad region and beyond.

Dana before 2023 concert - by Lynn Donovan

Housing & Activities

EMF attendees stay in Guilford College residence halls, grouped by gender and age. Faculty and guest artists reside in nearby campus apartments. All facilities are air-conditioned with meals located in the state-of-the-art college dining hall. Summer staff includes a nurse, dean of students, and counselors, with festival office on campus. Nearby, find restaurants, stores, pharmacies, and banks within a quarter mile.

College facilities include a weight room and courts for racquetball, tennis, basketball, and volleyball. A variety of recreational and social events are scheduled regularly, both on and off campus. On-site, students can enjoy activities like Ultimate Frisbee, tennis, video games, foosball, pool, or talent shows.

2023 EMF students - By Ben Freedman

“The Festival’s gorgeous surroundings and overall environment provide the perfect setting for young artists to develop and learn.”

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, DMA
Director of Education

Phone: 336-333-7450, x227
Fax: 336-333-7454


The content regarding course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other details may change without prior notice. Eastern Music Festival is dedicated to promoting diversity within its student community and does not engage in discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical ability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.