Early Music America Announces Scholarship Awards

29 May 2008

(Seattle, WA)—Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces the winners of its 2008 scholarships.

Emily Eagen has been awarded the fourth biannual Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship, given to an outstanding young performer of medieval music who seeks to widen his/her experience through more advanced study and/or auditions in Europe. Ms. Eagen is a soprano, based in New York; she has a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in vocal performance, and she has received intensive training in early music at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the Netherlands.  She currently performs with the Ensemble Sendebar, specializing in medieval music of the Mediterranean.  She is also a regular performer and teacher at the Amherst Early Music Festival.  Her European medieval study will take place in fall 2008 and include work on both voice and vielle.  Benjamin Bagby, who organized the panel of judges for this scholarship, reported that “The members of the jury were impressed with Ms. Eagen's expressive singing, her eclectic background and musical gifts, her manner of bringing a text to life, and her project to continue advanced study in Europe.”

Early Music America is also presenting scholarships to five outstanding students so that they can attend summer early music workshops and receive advanced training in the field of early music.  This year’s winners are Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba, an undergraduate at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, who will attend the Consort Cooperative of the Viola da Gamba Society of America; soprano Lydia Brotherton, a graduate student at Boston University, who will attend the Amherst Early Music Festival; soprano Hélène Brunet, an undergraduate at the University of Montréal, who will attend the Vancouver Early Music Programme; oboist Luke Conklin, a graduate student at the University of Limerick in Ireland, who will attend the Amherst Early Music Festival; and countertenor James Augustine “Gus” Mercante, a graduate student at the University of North Texas, who will attend the Accademia d’Amore of the Seattle Academy of Baroque Opera.

In the event that any of the winners cannot attend a workshop this summer, an alternate has been named:  Joan Plana, violin, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music.  EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support.  EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.  “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles.  For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org

Contact:  Maria Coldwell
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT