2011 Young Performers Festival

    The first Young Performers Festival, which took place June 13-18, 2011 in Boston, brought together students and ensembles from colleges, universities and conservatories throughout North America. A total of fifteen concerts were presented including a concert by the select Festival Ensemble.

    Video performances from the 2011 YPF
    2011 YPF Performances on YouTube Watch performances from the 2011 Young Performers Festival on Early Music America's YouTube Channel.  Videos recorded and edited by Charles Coldwell.

    Festival Ensemble

    YPF Festival Ensemble The select Festival Ensemble concert included 34 outstanding students from all over North America performing together under Scott Metcalfe, director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron, in a program called Gabrieli, Praetorius and the Blossoming Baroque, ca. 1600. The performance included an EMA commissioned Monteverdi-style fanfare by Adam Knight Gilbert, Director of Early Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music.

    Scott Metcalfe Scott Metcalfe, Music Director of the Young Performers Festival, is a specialist in music between 1400 and 1750 whose career as a violinist and conductor has taken him all over North America and Europe. He directs the vocal ensemble Blue Heron and has been invited to serve as guest director by Emmanuel Music (Boston), Monadnock Music (New Hamsphire), the Tudor Choir and Seattle Baroque, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (Vancouver, BC), and the Dryden Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), in works by Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Handel, Bach, and others. In January 2010 he led the Green Mountain Project in an all-star 400th anniversary performance of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in New York City.
    Adam Knight Gilbert Adam Knight Gilbert, composer of the EMA 25th Anniversary fanfare, is the director of the early music program at USC’s Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. He has performed as a member of New York’s Ensemble for Early Music, the Waverly Consort and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, and is a founding member of ensemble Ciaramella.

    Five university-based early music ensembles were awarded College-Level Ensemble Grants by EMA to help underwrite their travel expenses for the Young Performers Festival.

    Concert Participants

    • University of Georgia Collegium Musicum, directed by Mitos Andaya.
      Of Convents and Courts: Early vocal and instrumental music by women composers (Cozzolani, Strozzi).
    • Stony Brook Baroque Players, directed by Arthur Haas.
      Northern Comfort: Vocal and Instrumental Music from Northern European Capitals (Purcell, Handel, Bach)
    • Harvard University Early Music Society, directed by Edward Jones.
      Mondonville, “Bacchus et Erigone,” from Les Fêtes de Paphos.
    • CWRU/Cleveland Institute of Music Baroque Orchestra, directed by Julie Andrijeski.
      A German Extravaganza (Biber, Bach, including the cantata Ich habe genug).
    • McGill University Baroque Orchestra, directed by Hank Knox.
      Baroque Suites and Concertos (including Vivaldi C minor recorder concerto and Brandenburg 4).
    • University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, directed by Paul Leenhouts and Richard Sparks.
      Music at the Bavarian Court at the time of Agostino Steffani.
    • Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, directed by Sarah Mead.
      Italian Wedding Soup (Vecchi, Lassus)).
    • Longy School of Music Collegium Musicum, directed by Laurie Monahan.
      English and Italian Music from the 17th Century (Dowland, Stradella).
    • Peabody Conservatory ensembles, coached by Mark Cudek.
      La Chanson de la Rose (duo performing 17th-century lute songs) and Charm City Baroque (quartet performing Baroque trio sonatas).
    • Case Western Reserve University Violin Band and Collegium Musicum, directed by Julie Andrjeski and Debra Nagy.
      Sundrie Musical Diversions (17th-century English music).
    • Boston University chamber ensemble, coached by Martin Pearlman.
      Trio performing Baroque sonatas.
    • Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, directed by David Breitman and Webb Wiggins. Bach and Telemann Cantatas (including Bach Cantata #106).
    • ¡Sacabuche! from Indiana University, directed by Linda Pearse.
      Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music (multimedia performance of music in 17th-century China).
    • University of Southern California Collegium Musicum and Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, directed by Adam Gilbert. From Pastourelle to Pastorale (featuring Adam de la Halle’s Play of Robin and Marion, plus later works).
    • EMA Festival Ensemble, directed by Scott Metcalfe.
      Ensemble of 34 students from all across North America, selected by a juried process. Gabrieli, Praetorius, and the Blossoming Baroque, ca. 1600.

    Festival Recap

    Press Coverage
    Wall Street Journal
    Boston Globe
    Boston Musical Intelligencer

    CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra in-studio performance on WGBH
    The CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra, directed by Julie Andrijeski, is made up of students from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. The group performed during the YPF on Tuesday, June 14. They visited the Fraser Performance Studio at WGBH Radio in Boston during the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival. Click here to listen to the performance.

    Audio selections from the YPF Festival Ensemble Performance
    Gabrieli, Praetorius, and the Blossoming Baroque, directed by Scott Metcalfe. Performed on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the First Church in Boston, MA. Click to view the Festival Ensemble Program (PDF; 151KB)

    Audio file: "Vox Domini a 10 (Giovanni Gabrieli)"
    Audio file: "Canzon XIV a 10 (Gabrieli)"

    Photos from the YPF
    Click on the links below to view pictures from the Young Performers Festival. All photos by Charles Coldwell.
    EMA Young Performers Festival Ensemble
    EMA Young Performers Festival 2011 (pictures of performing ensembles)

    This project was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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