GREENSBORO – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Greensboro’s nationally recognized summer classical music festival and educational program, wrapped up a successful 61st season with 249 young artists and more than 60 world-class artists celebrating after an impressive season of musical creation.
This season, EMF shows and events have attracted over 10,000 patrons in the local community and beyond. The festival offered more than 60 performances and activities, including master classes, chamber recitals, young artist recitals, pre-concert lectures and many more, reaching many audiences in the Triad community. EMF also presented free programs at community outreach shows at libraries, First National Bank Field (Greensboro Grasshoppers), churches, seniors’ residences, parks, art galleries, and more. This success was made possible by the overwhelmingly positive support of individual contributors, philanthropic organizations, corporations and in-kind donors.
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In 2022, the festival was proud to welcome participants from over 41 states, Puerto Rico and 9 countries including Taiwan, China, South Korea, Iran, Canada, Spain, India. Scotland, Uzbekistan and England. The most represented states are Florida, Texas, Virginia and 21 of the festival’s home state, North Carolina.
The support of the many donors and partner organizations has enabled EMF to provide over $350,000 in scholarships to deserving and talented young artists this year. Of the 249 participants, more than 80% of Young Artists received grants.
With the festival’s mission to promote musical excellence and collaboration, EMF has engaged and supported works by living composers to encourage unique musical experiences for students. This season, more than 40 compositions by living composers were performed by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, chamber groups, a percussion studio, and the two-week programs of the Euphonium-Tuba Institute and Classical Guitar Summit. Of the long list of compositions, four works were world premieres.
EMF’s many accomplishments this season would not have been possible without the support of several regional partners and organizations, including Guilford College, Appalachian State University, Greensboro Public Libraries, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, City of Greensboro, Action Greensboro, Greensboro Opera, Well-Spring, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, News & Record, Yes! Weekly, The Tuba Exchange, Triad City Beat, Starmount Forest Country Club, Moore Music Company, The Music Academy of NC, Triad Stage, Summit Rotary Club of Greensboro, Lewis & Elm, Pest Management Systems Inc. and Temple Emanuel.
Eastern Music Festival is also deeply grateful to the following companies, corporations and foundations who have partnered with us in 2022. These sponsors have offered a range of support, including general programmatic and operational support, in-kind support and media sponsorship of season for the 2022 season.: North Carolina Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Steinway Piano Gallery, O. Henry Hotel and Proximity Hotel, Green Valley Grill, Print Works Bistro, DMJ, The Cemala Foundation, The Tannenbaum -Sternberger Foundation, Inc., McMillion Capital Management, Our State, Printery, WFDD, Brooks Pierce, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Thompson Traders, Pennybyrn, O. Henry Magazine, CVNC, Destination Magazine, WCPE, Summit Rotary, WDAV 89.9 and Winston- Salem Symphony.
“We are grateful and appreciate the many sponsors, foundations and patrons who support EMF,” added Chris Williams. “The many achievements of the festival, including the enduring relationships with our long-standing and new sponsors and partners, set us up for many years of success and give us the opportunity to carry out our mission.”
The recently completed 61st season ended on July 30, 2022 and planning is already underway for the 62nd season which will run from June 24 to July 29, 2023.
About the Oriental Music Festival
For six decades, Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally recognized classical music festival and summer educational program, has been produced each summer on the Guilford College campus and at other venues in the Guilford College area. Greensboro, North Carolina. EMF is distinguished by its accomplished faculty, exhilarating repertoire, and world-renowned guest artists under the artistic direction of Gerard Schwarz. A powerful educational institution, the EMF encourages and guides hundreds of young musicians from across the country and around the world as they take their first steps towards a career in the performing arts. The five-week 62nd season of EMF runs from June 24 to July 29, 2023. For more information, visit eastermusicfestival.org. Follow EMF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.