2012 Baroque Performance Competition Application Process

    Early Music America will sponsor a new Baroque Performance Competition for the purpose of encouraging the development of emerging artists in the performance of Baroque music.



    1. Applicants must be ensembles (minimum 2 performers) using voice(s) and/or period instrument(s).
    2. Repertoire is limited to Baroque period, roughly 1600-1750 A.D., performed on period instruments and in a style which is historically informed.
    3. Applicants must be members of EMA (either the ensemble must be an organizational member of EMA or all members of the ensemble must be individual members).
    4. Applicants must be residents of USA or Canada.
    5. Applicants must meet the definition of “emerging artists”—ensembles which have not performed together for more than 5 years and where the average age of the performers is 35 or younger, as of the date of application (most of the performers should be under 35).
    6. Previous ensemble winners of EMA competitions are not eligible to compete; ensembles including a current member of the EMA board or staff are not eligible to compete.


    Timetable and Application Process

    Applications are due by May 1, 2012. Finalists will be selected by June 1, 2012. Applicants should submit their applications to www.artsapp.com/earlymusicamerica. (This link will become active beginning March 1, 2012.) Required application materials include:

    1. unedited audition video and/or audio recordings, 15-30 minutes total;
    2. list of pieces recorded;
    3. artists’ names, ages, contact information
    4. short bios of the performers, and a short history of the ensemble.

    The required method of receiving your audition recordings is online through our ArtsApp portal, www.artsapp.com/earlymusicamerica (active beginning March 1, 2012).

    After registering with ArtsApp, you may upload your recordings. Our portal at www.artsapp.com/earlymusicamerica (active beginning March 1, 2012) accepts the following formats:

    • Audio: .mp4, .m4a, .mp3
    • Video: .asf, .avi, .flv, .mov, .m4v, .mp4, .mpg, .mvb, .swf, .wmv
    • Images: .gif, .png, .jpg, .jpeg
    • Docs: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .xls

    Total portfolio size must be under 6GB, with a maximum file size of 1.5GB. Please upload EACH PIECE as its own file.

    For technical support with your ArtsApp submission, contact support@artsapp.com. The submission fee for sending materials through ArtsApp is $10 per application, payable on the ArtsApp Web site.

    Application dates for the Baroque Competition are from March 1, 2012 – May 1, 2012. If you upload video, please use a broadband connection (plug in your computer, not just wifi) and allow up to 45 min for a 250 MB video to upload.


    Judging and Selection of Finalists

    An anonymous panel of 3 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists, based on performance quality of their recordings.

    The selected finalists will be invited to give live 20 to 30-minute performances in concert at Corpus Christi Church in NYC on October 10, 2012. (Travel subsidies, $200/person up to a maximum $1000 per finalist ensemble, will be available upon application to help subsidize the trip to NYC.)

    A winner will be selected immediately after the concert. A panel of 5 judges, selected by EMA, will judge the finalists’ competition in NY and select the winner.



    The winner will receive a cash prize of $3,000 and the opportunity to present concerts on the 2013-14 or 2014-15 series of 4 major presenters of early music. (EMA will offer $1,000 fee subsidies to each of the presenters featuring the winner in their series. The exact concert fee is to be negotiated between the winner and each of the presenters, since travel and lodging costs may differ substantially among the concerts.) Additionally, EMA will include a short feature article about the winner in a subsequent issue of Early Music America magazine. The winner will also be featured on the early music radio program, Harmonia, as scheduled by the host, Angela Mariani.

    There will also be a $1,000 Audience Prize awarded immediately after the finals. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite ensemble at the end of the competition.


    Submission Information

    All materials should be submitted to www.artsapp.com/earlymusicamerica (active beginning March 1, 2012).

    For more information, contact Early Music America, 2366 Eastlake Ave. E. #429, Seattle, WA 98102. 206-720-6270; info@earlymusic.org

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