2012 Young Performers Festival

    EMA presented its second Young Performers Festival (YPF) in June 2012, as part of the 2012 Berkeley Festival, following the successful launch of this new initiative June 2011 in Boston. The 2012 YPF consisted of six concerts by university-based early music ensembles, and offered special coaching and networking events to the participating students.

    Video performances from the 2012 YPF
    Watch performances from all participants at the 2012 Young Performers Festival on Early Music America's YouTube Channel. Or, you may view performances by the individual ensembles below. Videos recorded and edited by Charles Coldwell.
    Photos from 2012 YPF and Berkeley Exhibition
    Picasa Web Album View photos from the Young Performers Festival.
    View photos from the Exhibition.

    Concert Participants

    San Francisco Conservatory of Music Baroque Ensemble
    co-directed by Corey Jamason and Elisabeth Reed
    From Renaissance to Baroque
    The SF Conservatory program included music for viols and voice by Byrd, Morley, Holborne, and Gibbons, as well as virtuoso chamber music by Castello, Marini and Vivaldi.
    Watch performances by the San Francisco Conservatory Baroque Ensemble at the 2012 YPF.

    University of California at Berkeley Baroque Chamber Ensemble
    directed by Davitt Moroney
    An Exploration of Baroque Music Across Europe
    The UC Berkeley program included music for cello by Domenico Gabrielli, music for recorder by Georg Philipp Telemann and George Frideric Handel, soprano arias from 17th-century Italian and French operas and cantatas, and music for harpsichord by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Johann Jacob Froberger, and Louis Couperin.
    Watch performances by the UC Berkeley Baroque Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 YPF.

    University of North Texas Collegium Singers
    directed by Richard Sparks
    Victoria Requiem
    The UNT program featured the Requiem Mass of Tomas Luis de Victoria, published in1605. In common with other settings of the time, Victoria did not confine his setting to the Mass alone, but also included items from the Office of the Dead and the Great Absolution. The four-part Taedet animam meam comes from the Offices of Lauds and Matins. The setting of the Mass is scored for six-part choir.
    Watch a performance by the UNT Collegium Singers at the 2012 YPF.

    Stanford University Baroque Ensemble
    directed by Marie-Louise Catsalis
    Alessandro Scarlatti and his circle: cantatas and serenatas
    The Stanford program included works newly edited by the students from primary sources (manuscripts in Munich, Montecassino, and Berkeley). Cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti; Serenata by Severo de Luca; duet by Innocenzo Fede.
    Watch performances by the Stanford Univ Baroque Ensemble at the 2012 YPF.

    Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble and Collegium Musicum
    coached by Julie Andrijeski and Debra Nagy
    Milk and Honey: Sumptuous Music of the Seventeenth Century
    The Case Collegium and Baroque Ensemble presented sensuous love songs, erotic sacred texts and twisted lullabies full of quixotic blends of sweetness, anxiety, optimism, and even violence—what could be more enticing? Both well-known and newly rediscovered works for instruments and voices from the seventeenth century by Tarquinio Merula, Heinrich Biber, Giovanni Sances, Claudio Monteverdi, and more.
    Watch performances by the CWRU Baroque Ensemble and Collegium Musicum at the 2012 YPF.

    University of Southern California Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
    directed by Adam Gilbert
    Ars longa, vita brevis or Only the Good Die Young: Music from the Thirty Years War
    The USC program featured works by composers affected by the disastrous circumstances surrounding the Thirty Years War. It includes compositions by Johannes Vierdanck, Giovanni Antonio Rigatti, and Dario Castello, whose lives were cut short by fever during the mid-seventeenth century. Performers include eight singers, continuo, three violins and winds. As interludes, instruments will perform improvisations on grounds in seventeenth-century style.
    Watch performances by the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia at the 2012 YPF.

    Four of these university-based early music ensembles have been awarded College-Level Ensemble Grants by EMA to help underwrite their travel expenses for the Young Performers Festival. The grant-winning ensembles are:

    • Case Western Reserve University Baroque Ensemble
    • Stanford University Baroque Ensemble
    • University of North Texas Collegium Singers
    • University of Southern California Thornton Baroque Sinfonia

    Festival Recap

    Press Coverage
    In A 'Historically Informed Manner'
    June 2012, San Francisco Classical Voice
    Students perform at Berkeley Music Festival & Exhibition
    June 10, 2012, The Daily (Case Western)
    UNT Collegium Singers give sneak peek before Berkeley Festival performance
    May 3, 2012, UNT News Service

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