Eastern Music Festival

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Eastern Music Festival (EMF) is an extraordinary educational experience for talented, dedicated young artists ages 14-23. Our faculty are teaching artists of the highest order – and our annual student population of 260+ is un-matched. Experience Eastern Music Festival this summer and study at one of America’s finest orchestral studies programs. Application Deadline: February 21, 2021. Apply today!

2022 Program Dates

Five-week summer study orchestra program: June 26 – July 31, 2021.

4 or more weeks
Application Deadline
February 21, 2021
Harp Instructors
Anna Kate Mackle
14-18, College
Intermediate, Advanced
Type of Harp
Pedal harp
Students must provide instrument—rentals are not available
Residency Options
All participants reside overnight
Students are housed in dorms with two per room. Harps are stored in rehearsal/performance venues.
Total cost (Tuition, Room, Board, Fees) is $5,786
Financial Aid
Yes, partial scholarships are available
What makes this camp experience unique is:
Young musicians get to experience classical music study in an immersive, inspiring setting.
This camp is perfect for:
Young music artists looking for a focused, exciting environment to learn and perform.
Students come back year after year for our camp's:
Dynamic repertoire, performance experience, private lessons, guest artists, and new friends.
More info

Eastern Music Festival Summer Study is a transformative five-week celebration of musical accomplishment. Program focus* includes Orchestra, Piano, Conducting, Classical Guitar, and Euphonium Tuba. Students also receive private lessons, master classes, chamber music study, and a concerto competition.

EMF showcases two equally talented young artists orchestras. Each orchestra rehearses six times a week in accordance with professional standards for preparation, punctuality and performance. Both orchestras perform with faculty soloists, visiting artists and winners of the EMF concerto competition. Seating in each orchestra rotates. Maestro Schwarz and EMF’s artistic leadership select a mix of musically and technically demanding repertoire that challenges each young artist. At EMF, all are inspired and challenged by the repertoire and the environment.

The Festival is nestled in the lush tree canopy of Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. The 60th anniversary season of summer study and classic masterworks will be June 26 – July 31, 2021. (*NOTE: 2021 programs and courses subject to change pending COVID-19 health and safety mandates.)