Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival Premieres in Boston, June 13-18, 2011

2 Feb 2011

[SEATTLE, WA]—Early Music America (EMA), the North American service organization for the field of early music, will launch a new initiative as part of its 25th anniversary celebration this season: the EMA Young Performers Festival. The EMA Young Performers Festival will take place June 13-18, 2011, at First Church of Boston and First Lutheran Church of Boston, in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival. As EMA celebrates its 25th anniversary, the organization recognizes that the future of early music rests in the hands of today’s young performers and the institutions that shape them, so students are the focus of EMA’s celebration in June. The Young Performers Festival will have two major components, including a select student Festival Ensemble and a week-long series of concerts by university-based early music ensembles.

The select Festival Ensemble will be comprised of 34 outstanding students—chosen through a juried process--from university/conservatory ensembles. These students, who hail from all over the US and Canada, will rehearse and perform together under the direction of Scott Metcalfe, director of the acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron. The Festival Ensemble concert will take place June 18, 12pm, at First Church (66 Marlborough St., Boston). The concert will include an EMA-commissioned fanfare by Adam Knight Gilbert, Director of Early Music at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Mr. Gilbert’s short Monteverdi-style fanfare will be scored for the performers in the select Festival Ensemble. A list of the students chosen for the select Festival Ensemble is included at the end of this press release, as is a brief bio of Mr. Metcalfe.

In addition, EMA will present a week-long series of concerts by university-based early music ensembles (June 13-17), and will offer special coaching and networking events to the participating students. The concerts and special sessions will take place at both First Church (66 Marlborough St., Boston) and First Lutheran Church (299 Berkeley St., Boston). Five 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:

  • CWRU Renaissance Violin Band and Collegium Singers, directed by Julie Andrijeski and Debra Nagy, for a late 16th-century English program
  • McGill University Baroque Orchestra, directed by Hank Knox, for a program of Baroque Suites and Concerti
  • Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Ensemble, directed by David Breitman et al, for a program of Cantatas by Bach and Telemann
  • University of North Texas Baroque Orchestra and Collegium Singers, directed by Richard Sparks and Paul Leenhouts, for a program of Music at the Bavarian Court at the time of Steffani
  • University of Southern California Collegium Musicum and Baroque Sinfonia, directed by Adam Gilbert, for a program called “From Pastourelle to Pastorale” featuring Adam de la Halle’s 13th-century Play of Robin and Marion.

As many as ten additional college- and university-based early music ensembles will also give concerts as part of the Young Performers Festival.

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 provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. Individual and organizational members hail from all over the U.S. and Canada and from at least 16 other countries. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. For more information, see www.earlymusic.org.

Patrick Nugent, Director of Public Relations
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
ads@earlymusic.org; www.earlymusic.org
or Nikki Scandalios, Nikki Scandalios Public Relations
(704) 340-4094; nikki@scandaliospr.com

EMA’s Young Performers Festival is being planned in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival, the largest early music festival in North America. For more information, see www.bemf.org.

Scott Metcalfe, music director of EMA’s 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 served as guest director of 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. He has twice led the Green Mountain Project in performances of Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers in New York City.

EMA Festival Ensemble

Margaret Carpenter, soprano, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Kathryn Summersett, soprano, University of North Texas
Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano, CWRU
Emily Lau, mezzo-soprano, Longy School of Music
Benjamin Geier, tenor, Indiana University
Bradley King, tenor, De Pauw University
Joel Nesvadba, tenor, USC
Brian Schmidt, tenor, University of North Texas
Elliott Hines, bass, Oberlin College/Conservatory
Joseph Hubbard, bass, University of North Texas
Matt Sullivan, bass, Peabody Conservatory
Peter Walker, bass, McGill University

Émilie Brûlé, violin, McGill University
Maria Jose Romero, violin, University of North Texas
Amy Shen, viola, Cleveland Institute of Music/CWRU
Jakob Hansen, violin/viola, Northern Illinois University
Beilang Zhu, cello, Juilliard School of Music

Christopher Phillpott, viol, Florida State University
Hallie Pridham, viol, San Francisco Conservatory
Ka-Wai Yu, viol, University of Illinois
Kate Shuldiner, viol, Oberlin College/Conservatory
Amalia Bandy, viol, Rice University

John Romey, violone, Ithaca College

Vincent Lauzer, recorder, McGill University
Mee Jung Ahn, recorder, Indiana University

Jedediah Allen, cornetto, Indiana University
Bill Baxtresser, cornetto, Western Michigan University

Sarah Barbash-Riley, sackbut, Indiana University
Ray Horton, sackbut, Indiana University
Zachary Gingerich, sackbut, St. Olaf College

Dylan Sauerwald, harpsichord, Boston University
Faythe Vollrath, harpsichord, University of Illinois
Brian Kay, lute, Peabody Conservatory
Jason Yoshida, lute, USC