EMF: 62 Years of Musical Excellence

This season (June 24 – July 29, 2023), we will celebrate EMF’s 62nd year of providing unmatched educational experiences and great performances. We are proud of the artistry presented by EMF, the country’s greatest summer educational institution and the most imaginative performance festival.

2022 Season Highlights

Concert Schedule and highlights:

The 2022 season featured 60+ performances by ensembles of varying shapes and sizes at EMF’s home location in Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium, as well as other locations in Greensboro, and one performance in Boone, North Carolina at Appalachian State University. The highlights from the summer included:

    • Signature Performances: featuring EMF Faculty Artists, students, and friends of EMF
      • Wednesday, June 29: Pianist William Wolfram in recital
      • Thursday, June 30: Faculty and fellows perform an evening dedicated to Bach aptly named “Bach to Bach”
      • Friday, July 1: “Orchestral Celebration,” a “Pay What you Can” evening featuring the Eastern Festival Orchestra and both EMF Young Artist Orchestras showcasing music by Beethoven and Brahms
      • Wednesday, July 6: Euphonium-Tuba Institute showcase featuring performances by esteemed faculty members Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall, the EMF Euphonium-Tuba Ensemble, and the North Carolina Brass Band led by Dr. Brian Meixner
      • Wednesday, July 13: EMF and Greensboro Opera present two “I Love Paris” programs of operatic and popular music – 6pm and 8pm at Temple Emanuel
      • Wednesday, July 20: “Percussion Explorations” featuring the EMF percussion faculty
      • Sunday, July 24: EMF String Fellows Recital
      • Monday, July 25: “Overtures” by the Eastern Festival Orchestra led by the Festivals’ Conducting Scholars
      • Wednesday, July 27: Classical Guitar Summit featuring performances by faculty members Kami Rowan, JIJI, and Jason Vieaux, and EMF Young Artists held at Temple Emanuel in Greensboro
    • Tuesdays: Chamber Music with the Eastern Chamber Players and a special performance on July 19 by The Mile-End Trio (Jeff Multer, violin; Julian Schwarz, cello; Marika Bournaki, piano)
    • Thursday and Fridays: EMF Young Artists Orchestras
    • Saturdays: Eastern Festival Orchestra led by maestro Gerard Schwarz featuring guest artists Lara St. John, violin (July 2), Santiago Rodriguez, piano (July 9), and Marika Bournaki, piano (July 30), as well as faculty members Jason Vieaux, guitar (July 23), and Chris Gekker, trumpet (July 16)
    • Student chamber recitals and piano recitals throughout the season
    • World premieres by living composers: Adolphus Hailstork (July 16), Avner Dorman (July 23), Michael Ippolito (July 20), Gerard Schwarz (July 7), and one NC premiere by Giacomo Susani (July 19) 
2022 Concerto Competition Winners
2022 EMF Students walking through campus