Celebrating 63 Years of Inspired Music Making!

June 22 – July 27, 2024

Orchestra Program

The EMF Young Artists Orchestra Program engages individuals ages 14 to 23, showcasing two highly talented orchestras with participants from around the world. Rehearsing rigorously six times weekly, they prepare full-length ticketed concert programs throughout the summer. These professional performances include demanding repertoire, to challenge each young artist’s boundaries. An added unique element is the weekly seat rotation, enabling young artists to explore various orchestral roles, fostering unparalleled artistic growth.

2024 Young Artists Orchestra Repertoire Highlights

  • BARTÓK • Concerto for Orchestra
  • BRUCKNER • Symphony No. 4 “Romantic”
  • DVOŘÁK • Symphony No. 9
  • GABRIELA FRANK • Concertino Cusqueño
  • MAHLER • Symphony No. 6 “Tragic”
  • PONCE • Chapultepec
  • PROKOFIEV • Scythian Suite
  • RAVEL • Rapsodie espagnole
  • REVUELTAS • Sensemayá
  • SIBELIUS • Symphony No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS • Til Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
  • STRAVINSKY• Divertimento, “The Fairy’s Kiss” Suite
  • TCHAIKOVSKY• The Nutcracker

String Leadership Program

The String Leadership Program offers a dynamic learning opportunity for string musicians ages 18-23 aspiring to excel as section leaders or concertmasters. This competitive program includes five weekly sessions covering career development, leadership and practical instrumental and musical skills. Participants engage in discussions with peers and faculty, alongside guest speakers under the guidance of EMF faculty.

The program is limited to 16 orchestra program participants: (6 violin, 4 viola, 4 cello, and 2 double bass). Each receives generous scholarship support reflecting their artistry, musicianship, and leadership in their respective communities. Participation does not guarantee a leadership position in a young artists orchestra.

Program Information By Instrument

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, DMA
Director of Education

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


Course offerings, faculty, visiting artists, fees, and other information are subject to change without notice. Eastern Music Festival is actively committed to a diverse student body and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, or physical disability in the administration of its educational policies and programs.