[SEATTLE, WA]-Early Music America will sponsor a new Baroque Performance Competition in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging the development of emerging ensembles in the performance of Baroque music.
The winning ensemble 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. 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.
Selected finalists in the Baroque Competition will be invited to give live 20- to 30-minute performances in concert at Corpus Christi Church in NYC on October 10, 2012. 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.
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.
The application process will be open to ensembles (minimum 2 performers) using voice(s) and/or period instrument(s). The repertoire will be limited to Baroque period, roughly 1600-1750 A.D., performed on period instruments and in a style which is historically informed.
Application dates for the Baroque Competition are from March 1, 2012 – May 1, 2012. Finalists will be selected by June 1, 2012. An anonymous panel of 3 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the finalists, based on performance quality of their recordings. Applicants should submit their applications to www.artsapp.com/earlymusicamerica.
Contact: Patrick Nugent, Publicity Director (206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT firstname.lastname@example.org; www.earlymusic.org