Summer Study 2021 Updates (as of March 24, 2021)

Applications for Summer Study 2021 are closed. Acceptance letters are on the way!

Due to the nation-wide winter weather events and power outages, we are extending the Summer Study 2021 application deadline to:
Friday, March 5th.

Questions? Contact Admissions!

The health and safety of our Festival participants is our number one priority. EMF is working with local and state health officials, our Guilford College hosts, venue partners, and reopening specialists to update guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe.

Updates for Summer 2021 include:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Decreased student density indoors
  • Modified dining services
  • Increased use of open-air spaces
  • COVID-19 testing on arrival
  • Follow recommended protocols (wear a mask, wait 6-feet apart, wash your hands)

EMF will continue to follow local, state, and federal mandates and may need to quickly shift in-person programming, as needed.

Summer Study

EMF Young Artist Orchestra with conductor Jose Luis Novo in 2018
Credit: Ken Yanagisawa Photography for Eastern Music Festival

61st Season: June 25 – July 30, 2022

Why Study?

Eastern Music Festival is an outstanding educational experience for talented, dedicated, young artists between the ages of 14 and 23. Our faculty/musicians are teaching artists of the highest order – and our annual student population of 250+ is extraordinary. This summer (June 25 – July 30, 2022), attend Eastern Music Festival and study at one of America’s finest orchestral programs. 

EMF showcases two equally talented young artists orchestras. Each orchestra rehearses six times a week in accordance with professional standards for preparation, punctuality and performance. Both orchestras perform full length concert programs weekly with faculty soloists, visiting artists and winners of the EMF concerto competition. Seating in each orchestra rotates.

Maestro Schwarz and EMF’s artistic leadership select a mix of musically and technically demanding repertoire that challenges each young artist. At EMF, all are inspired and challenged by the repertoire and the environment.

Eastern Music Festival offers optional classroom instruction in several areas related to the performance and business of music that completes our rigorous program. Our classes and seminars give students an opportunity to converse with faculty about issues that every musician encounters throughout a professional career. Open dialogue and honest advice enhance students’ experiential learning.  

Orchestra Program

Presented twice-weekly during the Festival’s concert season, EMF Young Artists prepare full-length concert programs. Maestro Schwarz and EMF’s artistic leadership select a mix of musically and technically demanding repertoire that challenges each young artist. At EMF, all are inspired and challenged by the repertoire and the environment.

Program Information By Instrument

2022 Young Artists Repertoire Highlights

BRAHMS • Symphony No. 1
DVOŘÁK • Symphony No. 8
GROFÉ • Grand Canyon Suite
KODÁLYHáry János Suite
MAHLER • Symphony No. 9
REVUELTASLa Noche de los Mayas
SAINT-SAËNS • Symphony No. 3
STRAVINSKY • The Rite of Spring

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Download the 2022 Orchestra Program Poster

NEW for 2022: String Leadership Program

In addition to the five-week Orchestra Program, we are offering a new String Leadership Program designed to support aspiring music leaders as they take their first steps towards professional careers. Open to string musicians ages 18-23, the String Leadership Program is a hands-on learning experience to prepare for a career as a section leader or concertmaster. Participants will be mentored by EMF music director Gerard Schwarz and esteemed EMF string faculty Scott Flavin and Adelya Nartadjieva. Students will also attend career development sessions with EMF faculty and prominent leaders in the Greensboro community. This program is limited to 16 Orchestra Program participants (6 violin, 4 viola, 4 cello, and 2 double bass). Selected students will receive generous scholarship support to reflect their merits of artistry, musicianship, and leadership in their respective community.

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Program Information By Instrument

Piano Program

Eastern Music Festival’s five-week piano program offers piano students the opportunity to work with the country’s finest teachers and performers. Master artists William Wolfram, Santiago Rodriguez, and Marika Bournaki lead our acclaimed piano faculty.

Program Information

Conducting Institute

Eastern Music Festival’s intensive conducting training program offers career and professional development through an accelerated learning process in a technically challenging and positive environment. EMF will accept up to 9 conducting scholars (age 18 or older) to work with master conductors and the Festival’s student and faculty orchestras.

Program Information

Credit: Ken Yanagisawa Photography for Eastern Music Festival

Euphonium Tuba Institute

Open to euphonium and tuba students ages 14 to 23, Eastern Music Festival’s two-week Euphonium Tuba Institute offers in-depth summer study in an outstanding musical environment that inspires and enriches growth and excitement in every participant. Join our world-class faculty Demondrae Thurman and Aaron Tindall in a unique experience where participants will focus on technique, musicality, audition preparation, large ensemble section playing, chamber music, and effective practice habits. 

2022 Euphonium Tuba Institute: June 25 – July 9, 2022

Program Information

Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Classical Guitar Summit

Open to classical guitarists ages 14 and up, Eastern Music Festival’s Classical Guitar Summit offers in-depth summer study with top instructors in an outstanding musical environment. Participants will collaborate with other instrumentalists and delve into new territories of chamber music, pedagogy, technique, and performance.

2022 Classical Guitar Summit: July 16 – July 30, 2022

Program Information

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Eastern Music Festival offers artistic, professional development orchestral fellowships in strings, piano, and trombone. The Fellowship Program provides graduates of music programs the opportunity to enhance their music education and personal growth in a collaborative and nurturing environment. Fellows rehearse and perform with the Eastern Festival Orchestra, as well as participate in chamber ensembles, community outreach, instrument-specific projects and personal development activities.

Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival

Contact Admissions

Melissa M. Edwards, D.M.A.
Director of Education and Admissions

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.

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