October 22, 2020


October 17, 2020


September 25, 2020


August 1, 2020


July 30, 2020


July 24, 2020


July 20, 2020


July 15, 2020


Monday night, the third Eastern Music Festival "Experience Music From Home" virtual chamber music concert was streamed on YouTube. All recordings were made in June of this year in the musicians' homes.

June 23, 2020


May 22, 2020


At this time last year, music festivals and performance series all across North Carolina were busy marketing their exciting summer concert offerings to an eager public. 

May 3, 2020


April 21, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the Eastern Music Festival to cancel its upcoming summer season of classical music.


April 20, 2020


After careful and thoughtful analysis of the continued local, regional, national, and global impact of the Coronavirus, the EMF Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel all programming and summer study for the 2020 season (June 27 – August 1).

March 18, 2020


During this uncertain time, I want to keep you informed on how Eastern Music Festival is moving forward amid the current situation regarding COVID-19.

As noted last week, EMF student enrollment and 2020 season program planning continues, and all summer activities are still on schedule. When this health crisis is past, we look forward to gathering again to experience the music and community of EMF.

March 12, 2020


At Eastern Music Festival (EMF), the health and safety of our community of students, faculty, patrons, guest artists, and staff is always our highest priority. At this time, EMF student enrollment and program planning will continue as planned, and all summer activities are still on schedule.

March 1, 2020


The Eastern Music Festival will present one of its 65-plus concerts this summer at the new Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell will perform the Schumann Cello Concerto with the EMF faculty's Eastern Festival Orchestra, led by EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz.

November 5, 2019


The Eastern Music Festival, the summer educational program and classical music festival, has received three donor gifts totaling $130,000.

October 1, 2019


August 29, 2019


August 19, 2019


August 18, 2019

OPINION: You Folks Have a Treasure in EMF

July 28, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: EMF Finales Deliver Double Dose of Strauss, a Schwarz Premiere, Piano Virtuosity, & Plentiful Fun

Peep in on the last nights of EMF and you can expect multiple symphonic finales, the Young Artists Orchestras offering their valedictories, followed by the professionals of the Festival Orchestra on closing night. 

July 27, 2019


The Eastern Music Festival will end its 58th season tonight. But its music director will return next summer for four seasons. The EMF board has signed a new four-year contract with Gerard Schwarz. It secures his role with the festival through the 2023 season.

July 26, 2019

World premiere, pianist Horacio Gutiérrez, student concerts conclude this summer's EMF

The 58th annual Eastern Music Festival draws to a close Saturday, but the public still has an chance to hear guest pianist Horacio Gutiérrez, a piece’s world premiere and student concerts.

July 25, 2019

Radio Interview: Pianist Horacio Gutierrez talks about Eastern Music Festival

July 21, 2019


July 21, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Corigliano Charms & Tchaikovsky Sparkles but Mahler Rules!

July 20, 2019


The annual open house for the Eastern Music Festival is Sunday, July 21 at Guilford College. It’s an afternoon of free concerts open to the public and it marks beginning of the last week of the 2019 Eastern Music Festival  which ends Saturday, July 27.

July 18, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: EMF Young Artists Orchestra: Franck, Schumann Op. 54, & Respighi

July 18, 2019

EMF Concerto Competition concert to feature top student musicians

An Eastern Music Festival audience will watch top students solo with the Young Artist Orchestras in the July 25 Concerto Competition winners’ concert.

July 18, 2019

EMF guitar director calls Triad 'hotbed for classical guitar'

From Sunday through July 27, Rowan and other EMF faculty members immerse 24 guitar students in long days of lessons, performance-development classes, practice and rehearsals to prepare for public concerts. They all perform in a guitar orchestra and in smaller ensembles.

July 18, 2019


July 16, 2019


July 15, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Rarities Leaven Schumann & Brahms Piano Quintets at Eastern Chamber Players Concert

The Eastern Music Festival has two nights of chamber music featuring faculty musicians and guest artists. Monday night concerts are held in the intimate Tew Recital Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina Greensboro. At the most recent of these, two eclectic works by contemporary composers were sandwiched between pieces by Robert Schumann (1810-56) and Johannes Brahms (1833-97).

July 14, 2019

OPINION: Those who are missing EMF are missing a treat

Most of you who read these words missed a once-in-a lifetime musical experience on July 6, when the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra played the Shostakovich Eleventh Symphony in the Dana Auditorium of Guilford College.

July 13, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Generous EMF Orchestral Program Has 'Em Standing & Cheering

The Eastern Music Festival, a mainstay of cultural life in central NC for 58 years, chugs along, producing concert after concert at high levels of technical and artistic proficiency, virtually night after night, in Greensboro, mostly on the campus of Guilford College. Two weeks remain this season. ... The faculty orchestra has long been renowned as one of the best in the state if not the whole southeast. Based on the performance under discussion here, one might be inspired to say the Eastern Festival Orchestra is, simply, the best

July 10, 2019


July 9, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Eclectic Chamber Music at EMF: From Mozart to Liebermann via Dvořák and Ligeti

Festivals such as the Eastern Music Festival are ideal vehicles for exploring the byways and edges of the repertoire along with standard pieces. This concert, held in Dana Auditorium, made use of a substantial swath of professional faculty musicians to perform a Mozart quintet masterpiece, a seminal Ligeti woodwind quintet, Dvořák's rare Terzetto, and a remarkable flute trio by Lowell Liebermann.

July 8, 2019

Eastern Music Festival Preview: Eastern Chamber Players

July 8, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Eastern Chamber Players Present Varied Program

The Eastern Music Festival is about half over, and the concerts – chamber and orchestral – are coming fast and furious. Members of the EMF faculty gathered together in Tew Recital Hall at UNC-G Monday evening for the third program of chamber music featuring four well-known composers.

July 7, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Eastern Festival Orchestra's 'Fanfares and Flourishes' brings audience to its feet at Dana Auditorium

July 6, 2019

EMF PREVIEW: Euphonium Tuba Institute Recitals

Eastern Music Festival's inaugural Euphonium Tuba Institute is a new program that utilizes the world-renowned pedagogy of EMF faculty artists Dr. Aaron Tindall and Dr. Demondrae Thurman. Twenty-five enthusiastic and talented high school and college euphonium and tuba players have been on Guilford College's quaint campus since June 22 for two weeks of lessons, chamber music, excerpt classes, and recitals.

July 6, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Eastern Festival Orchestra Presents Khatchaturian and Shostakovich Rarities

"Fanfares and Flourishes" was the overall title for this concert of the Eastern Festival Orchestra in Guilford College's Dana Auditorium. A musical calling card by one of the most significant living American women composers opened the concert. Both large twentieth century Russian works filling out the program abounded in plenty of orchestral flourishes.

July 5, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: EMF Young Artists Orchestra Tackle Tuba Rarity and Strauss' Don Quixote

EMF principal tuba Aaron Tindall was the virtuoso soloist. It is an understatement to say his performance was breathtaking, not least his breath control and stamina! His articulation, whether in fast passages or slow melodic lines, was superb. The gamut of musical fireworks in the cadenzas was astonishing. 

July 5, 2019

For EMF faculty with local roots, the music festival 'feels like a wonderful homecoming'

July 4, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: Young Artists at EMF Perform Samuel Jones' Flute Concerto and The Planets

Thursday night's concert brought an orchestra comprised of Eastern Music Festival students, mostly from the US but also from Germany, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Canada, France, China, Jamaica, Australia, Argentina, Peru, Italy, Bolivia, South Korea, the UK, and Portugal. They come to Greensboro for the five-week festival – to take lessons, to participate in masterclasses, and to perform. And they really can perform!

July 4, 2019

EMF music review: All Mozart, all the time at Eastern Festival Orchestra show

Wednesday’s concert by the Eastern Festival Orchestra wasn’t a mostly Mozart night — it was an all Mozart night. Four concertos provided a hearty feast in this Eastern Music Festival performance at Guilford College’s Dana Auditorium.

July 4, 2019

Upcoming week at Greensboro's EMF: free library performances, night of opera and Broadway

July 3, 2019

'Yew-pho-what?' Euphonium, tuba gain more visibility at Eastern Music Festival

July 3, 2019

EMF's Euphonium Tuba Institute

July 3, 2019

EMF MUSIC REVIEW: EMF's Quartet of Mozart Concertos for Horn, Flute, Violin, & Piano Showcase Faculty

Nothing shows the musicianship and technical quality of an orchestra like playing music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91).

July 3, 2019

Tired of the classics? Latest EMF chamber concert takes you off the beaten path

July 1, 2019

Eastern Chamber Players Present Spirited Works by Beethoven, Stravinsky, & Dvorák

June 30, 2019

Eastern Festival Orchestra performance offers a dizzying array of literature

June 30, 2019

Joyous Music with the Pacifica Quartet, at the EMF

June 29, 2019

A Cornucopia of Choice, Rare Compositions Highlight Eastern Festival Orchestra Concert

June 28, 2019

Big Brahms by Three Orchestras at EMF

June 28, 2019

EMF music review: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the EMF Chamber Orchestra

June 27, 2019

Salerno-Sonnenberg Leads EMF Chamber Orchestra in an Electic Repertoire Sampler

June 27, 2019

'One of the great quartets': Pacifica Quartet makes its first appearance at Greensboro's EMF

June 26, 2019

EMF music review: Eastern Chamber Players presents various depictions of the classical era

June 26, 2019

Majestic Brass at Eastern Music Festival

June 24, 2019

Eastern Music Festival 2019 Starts with Strong Performance by Eastern Chamber Players

June 20, 2019


Gerard Schwarz will mark his 15th season at the Eastern Music Festival with a program he describes as “the most ambitious and extraordinary we have ever put together.”

June 19, 2019


June 17, 2019


June 9, 2019


May 28, 2019


Thirteen North Carolina students at this summer's Eastern Music Festival have received scholarships from the Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation.

April 10, 2019


April 1, 2019


The Eastern Music Festival will return to the city for its 58th summer of performances, featuring its familiar stars of classical music as well as new faces.

March 8, 2019


The Eastern Music Festival has received two major donor gifts totaling $115,000.

They will provide support for the annual summer festival that provides instruction to young musicians and concerts for the public, primarily at Guilford College.

January 30, 2019


November 16, 2018


November 14, 2018


November 14, 2018

$300,000 donation aids EMF's international efforts

October 9, 2018

Guest Artist Sponsorship extends EMF’s Residency with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

October 9, 2018

Greensboro City Council member Nancy Hoffmann creates sponsorship at EMF

September 12, 2018

Greensboro's Eastern Music Festival gets $500,000 gift

The Eastern Music Festival has received a $500,000 gift from patron Alan G. Benaroya of San Diego, Calif., prompting the festival to name the music director's chair for him.

August 22, 2018

EMF Announces Anonymous $75,000 Gift and Match Challenge

Boasting our largest audiences in years and riding high on stellar reviews of our recently completed 57th season, Eastern Music Festival is excited to announce the receipt of a generous gift in the amount of $75,000. Given by a private donor, this gift helps the Festival finish its 2018 fiscal year on a high note and launch 2019 on strong financial footing. 

While given with no strings attached, the anonymous donor has asked that EMF use the donation as impetus to encourage matching gifts.  Between now and September 30, 2018 - the end of its fiscal year – EMF encourages friends of the Festival to match this gift dollar for dollar as part of the year-end campaign.

July 29, 2018

Profound Brahms and Scintillating Stravinsky Close 57th Eastern Music Festival

July 27, 2018

EMF Student Orchestras Dazzle in Final Concert

July 26, 2018

Emerging Virtuosi Spread Their Wings at EMF

July 26, 2018

EMF concerto competition winners perform as music festival draws to a close

July 25, 2018

Greensboro's EMF adds special guitar concert with American premiere of new work

July 24, 2018

EMF music review: Eastern Chamber Players a feast of musical diversity

July 23, 2018

Eastern Chamber Players: Shostakovich Quintet Caps Penultimate Concert

July 22, 2018

EMF music review: HyeKyung Lee's world premiere, and performances by Jason Vieaux and Kun-Woo Paik

July 20, 2018

EMF music review: Greensboro Opera and EMF 'What I Did for Love'

July 20, 2018

EMF Fellows Chamber Recital: All-Star Teams in Greensboro

July 20, 2018

The Dichters, Piano's Power Couple, Light up Greensboro's EMF

July 19, 2018

Bonnie McElveen-Hunter commissioning project brings new work to EMF

July 19, 2018

EMF Young Artist's Orchestra Concert Paired Penetrating and Virtuosic Performances

July 16, 2018

Pratt Brings Profundity to EMF Recital

July 16, 2018

An EMF Runout to the Appalachian Summer Festival

July 16, 2018

EMF orchestra goes with the flow in 'Crossing Currents' concert

July 15, 2018

'A miracle': A 19-year journey from neonatal intensive care to the Eastern Music Festival

July 14, 2018

EMF music review: Young Artists Orchestra offers winning performance

July 11, 2018

EMF music review: Eastern Chamber Players earn standing ovation

July 11, 2018

Eastern Music Festival: North Carolina's Musical Treasure

July 10, 2018

Brilliant, Passionate Performances of Core 19th and 20th Century Repertoire at EMF

July 10, 2018

EMF Young Artists Orchestra Performs Mozart and Mahler

July 10, 2018


July 8, 2018

Just the ticket: Sherry Barr leads Triad Stage 'customer service powerhouse'

July 8, 2018

Schwarz directs 'musical pyrotechnics' at Eastern Music Festival

July 5, 2018

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers returns to perform at Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro

July 5, 2018

EMF Chamber Music: Piquant Prokofiev Spices Romantic Pairing

July 3, 2018

Warhorse and Neglected Fare Revitalized at the EMF

July 2, 2018

Salerno-Sonnenberg Featured in EMF's Augmented Chamber Works

July 2, 2018

EMF Season Opener a Humdinger

June 30, 2018

Eastern Music Festival Goes for Baroque

June 29, 2018

Orchestra Performances Start at EMF

June 26, 2018

Eastern Music Festival Welcomes New Faculty Artists

June 26, 2018

Chamber Music Every Monday and Tuesday at Eastern Music Festival

June 26, 2018

Eastern Music Festival Scores a Coup with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Very few classical artists, regardless of proficiency or peer acclaim, have managed to cross over into the mainstream music world. And it is not hyperbolic to attest that virtually none have had more impact on popular culture than Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

June 21, 2018

Eastern Music Festival's 57th Season is Right Around the Corner

June 21, 2018

EMF students receive scholarships from Louis DeJoy and Aldona Z. Wos Family Foundation

June 20, 2018

Eastern Music Festival to feature more than 60 performances

 Eastern Music Festival returns for its 57th summer on June 23, with more than 60 performances during its five-week run.

June 15, 2018

Chamber Crawl to be held Saturday to publicize Greensboro's Eastern Music Festival

The Eastern Music Festival’s fourth annual Chamber Crawl returns Saturday, bringing free live music by local musicians to 10 downtown venues.

The Chamber Crawl heralds the approach of the annual five-week festival that begins June 23.

May 18, 2018

Reaching newcomers through the arts

When FaithAction International House holds its monthly ID drive on Saturday, the arts community will extend a welcoming hand to America’s newcomers.

April 25, 2018

Eastern Music Festival Announces 2018 Festival Highlights

April 24, 2018

Greensboro's annual Eastern Music Festival to feature more than 60 performances

February 13, 2018

Symphony, Morgan Ridge to host 'Lunch and Listen'

The Salisbury Symphony and Morgan Ridge Railwalk will join forces to host acclaimed ensemble the Mile-End Trio in a special lunchtime performance. The event, which will take place Tuesday March 6, is part of the ensemble’s multi-state tour produced by the Eastern Music Festival.

Morgan Ridge Railwalk, at the heart of Salisbury’s Arts District, will open at 11 a.m. on March 6 especially for this special performance, and will offer popular lunch selections as well as beer and wine selections.

February 8, 2018

DeJoy-Wos Family Foundation Grants $20,000 to EMF for Student Scholarships

February 1, 2018

EMF Signs New Tuba Faculty-Artist

Eastern Music Festival is honored to announce the addition of acclaimed teacher and performer, Aaron Tindall to its 2018 lineup of faculty artists. Tindall is the acting principal tubist of the Sarasota Orchestra and the assistant professor of tuba and euphonium at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.

December 18, 2017

Stephanie Cordick remembered as tireless, passionate Greensboro arts leader

November 28, 2017

Major arts grants in Greensboro remain stable despite funding issues across the Triad

October 17, 2017

EMF Board Adds 6 New Directors

July 31, 2017

EMF Stemwinder: As the (News) Junkies Say, It's a Wrap

July 26, 2017

Eastern Chamber Players Bring an Argentinian Flavor to EMF

July 26, 2017

Heroines and Heroes – Anne Akiko Meyers and Richard Strauss at EMF

July 24, 2017

Music review: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers shows superb finesse, passion

July 21, 2017

Learn more about EMF at open house

July 21, 2017

EMF concerto competition winners to perform in concert

July 21, 2017

Richly Satisfying Fare from The Mile-End Trio at Their EMF Debut

July 20, 2017

Anne Akiko Meyers to premiere Samuel Jones Violin Concerto at EMF

July 19, 2017

Eastern Chamber Players Feature Clarinet Works at EMF

July 17, 2017

Two Revealing Evenings: EMF Conducting Fellows Show Promise

July 17, 2017

Concertos and Tone Poems at EMF

July 14, 2017

Famed pianist Awadagin Pratt shares his wisdom at EMF

July 13, 2017

This week at EMF: Jon Manasse performs Copland; free recitals, master classes

July 13, 2017

Mercurial Brahms and Heartwarming Schubert Highlight EMF Chamber Music Concert

July 12, 2017


July 12, 2017

Music review: Eastern Chamber Players EMF

July 11, 2017


July 11, 2017

Outstanding "Russian Tableaux" with Midori at EMF

July 11, 2017

The Primal Passion of Sensemayá and Sacre du printemps at EMF

July 11, 2017

Midori Master Class at EMF

July 11, 2017

EMF Young Artists Orchestra Soar the Heights with Bruckner's Eighth Symphony

July 10, 2017

Meet the first family of EMF

July 10, 2017

Gerard Schwarz: Organization's music director on incredible roll

July 10, 2017

Jody Schwarz: Music director’s wife has serious music creds, too

July 10, 2017

Julian Schwarz: Cellist graduates from being a student to teacher/performer

July 10, 2017

Gabriella 'Gaby' Schwarz: Music is in her blood, but journalism is in her heart

July 10, 2017

Jon Manasse: Musical family’s father enjoys ‘enthusiasm’ of EMF

July 7, 2017

Midori plays Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas at the Castle of Köthen

July 7, 2017

Violinist Midori will perform at the Eastern Music Festival

July 7, 2017

Female Trumpeters at EMF Herald Changing Profession (Video)

July 3, 2017

Music Review: Eastern Music Festival Orchestra performs impressive lineup

July 3, 2017

CVNC REVIEW: EMF Concert Features Beethoven and Brahms

July 3, 2017

CVNC REVIEW: Nadja, the Iconoclast, Liberates Vivaldi and Bizet

July 3, 2017

CVNC REVIEW; The Glory of Baroque and Beyond Brass with the EMF Faculty

July 3, 2017

N& R Music Review: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performs with EMF Chamber Orchestra

July 3, 2017

EMF this week: Salerno-Sonneberg, Gutierrez, student and faculty orchestras

June 30, 2017


June 30, 2017

Learn More About EMF Concerts at Free Talks

June 26, 2017

EMF Preparations - Photos from the Greensboro News and Record

June 22, 2017

EMF returns to Greensboro for 56th summer of music

June 21, 2017

Eastern Music Festival's 56th Season is Right Around the Corner

Internationally acclaimed soloists, world-class orchestral performers and instructors, and 234 young artists from around the globe gather in Greensboro this week to kick-off the Eastern Music Festival's 56th season.

June 19, 2017

EMF Chamber Crawl offers free performances in downtown Greensboro

June 15, 2017

EMF Chamber Crawl offers free performances in downtown Greensboro

June 8, 2017

EMF Alumna Angelica Hairston awarded From the Top grant

from Harp Column: Harpist Angelica Hairston is one of four recipients of From the Top’s Arts Leadership Grant. She will receive up to $5,000 to support her music-centric project “Challenge the Stats” that lays out a practicable path to positive change. 

June 7, 2017

EMF Chamber Crawl offers free performances in downtown Greensboro

FREE pre-festival sampler scheduled for June 17

May 30, 2017

Cemala Foundation Supports EMF's 2017 Downtown Programming

GREENSBORO — The Eastern Music Festival has received a $12,500 grant from The Cemala Foundation to help support its downtown programming.

"These funds help us bring EMF’s musicians into our downtown and engage with new audiences," said Chris Williams, EMF executive director.

From June 24 to July 29, EMF will bring young musicians from around the world and professionals to teach them to the Guilford College campus.

Both students and faculty perform public concerts, most of them in Guilford College's Dana Auditorium.

The Cemala grant will help to support several events at downtown locations, most of them free and others requiring a ticket purchase:

• EMF’s third Annual Chamber Crawl, 1 to 5 p.m. June 17 at various downtown locations, free.

• "The Glory of Brass — Baroque and Beyond," 8 p.m. June 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St, ticketed.

• EMF Young Artists Wind Ensemble, 6:30 p.m. July 16 at LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St., free.

• Fellowship String Quartet Recital, 8 p.m. July 18 at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St., ticketed.

• Salons at GreenHill, with EMF young artists performing at the GreenHill gallery in the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. The free performances are at 3:30 p.m. July 16 and 22 and 5:30 p.m. July 26.

May 18, 2017

The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation Supports North Carolina Students with Gift to Eastern Music Festival

February 3, 2017

Prelude to Paris - EMF's Spring 2017 Scholarship Fundraiser

February 2, 2017

EMF Welcomes New 2017 Faculty

Violinists Nigel Armstrong and Avi Nagin and flautist Jake Fridkis selected to fill vacancies on EMF artist roster

February 1, 2017

EMF Announces 2017 Bach Double Violin Competition

The competition winner will share the stage with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra concertmaster Jeffrey Multer (Florida Orchestra) and an EMF young artist orchestra under the baton of Maestro José-Luis Novo.

September 29, 2016

EMF Signs Three Year Contract Extension With Acclaimed Music Director Gerard Schwarz

August 25, 2016

Greensboro Thrives: Festival of Note

August 1, 2016

Wagner, Rachmaninoff Offerings at EMF Closer

July 31, 2016

EMF Young Artist Orchestras: Ten Standing Ovations!

July 28, 2016

Eastern Music Festival wraps up with a few more concerts

July 28, 2016

Music review: Julian Schwarz and Brahms highlight EMF Chamber concert

July 25, 2016

Music review: Eastern Festival Orchestra performs at Eastern Music Festival

July 24, 2016

Guilford students get global experience at Eastern Music Festival

July 24, 2016

Back-to-Back All-Russian Programs Feature Conducting Fellows and Maestros

July 24, 2016

EMF Concert Highlights World Premiere, Rare Violin Concerto, & Prokofiev Masterpiece

July 22, 2016

More Fine EMF Faculty, and a Call to Action for Guitarists

July 18, 2016

EMF Trains Tomorrow's Orchestra Conductors

July 17, 2016

Significant World Premiere Highlights Eclectic EMF Concert

July 14, 2016

Composer, Violist to Premiere New Concerto at EMF

July 11, 2016

EMF Students to Perform Free Concert at High Point University

July 11, 2016

Eastern Festival Orchestra Reveals Two Towering Masterpieces

July 11, 2016

Music review: Eastern Festival Orchestra triumphs in EMF concert

July 10, 2016

Mahler's 9th Symphony: EMF's Young Artists Orchestra's Guide to Death

July 8, 2016

CNVC CONCERT REVIEW - Three Centuries of Chamber Music at EMF

July 8, 2016

EMF’s All-Vivaldi Concert: Instrumental Brilliance and Virtuosity Abound

July 7, 2016

EMF performers will play at local libraries for children and families

July 4, 2016

EMF Orchestras Present Superb All Mozart Program

July 4, 2016

Generous Program Launches Saturday Night Series at EMF

July 3, 2016

Unbridled Virtuosity: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's Eclectic EMF Concert

July 2, 2016

Music review: Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg wows EMF crowd

July 1, 2016

Eastern Music Festival Master Class In Piano

July 1, 2016

Virtuosity Abounds in the Eastern Music Festival Piano Gala

June 30, 2016

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will teach, perform at EMF

June 30, 2016

EMF brings music to Monday's Grasshoppers game

June 29, 2016

Scintillating Chamber Music Performances Opens 55th EMF Season

June 23, 2016

EMF Welcomes 55th Summer Season

June 16, 2016

EMF Fringe series brings BeauSoleil trio, Chamber Crawl to downtown Greensboro

Two music events this weekend will give downtown visitors an early sample of what the annual Eastern Music Festival offers.

June 14, 2016

2nd Annual EMF Chamber Crawl

June 14, 2016

BeauSoleil brings Cajun music to EMF FRINGE

June 13, 2016


EMF FRINGE -- 2nd Annual CHAMBER CRAWL 4 chamber ensembles – 9 downtown venues SATURDAY, June 18 - 1pm - FREE

June 8, 2016

EMF Recognized by Greensboro City Council for 55 years of Artistic and Educational Achievement

Last night, EMF was honored with a resolution from the Greensboro City Council recognizing and celebrating our 55th anniversary. Board members and staff represented EMF in the Chamber.

June 7, 2016

All-Star Orchestra Wins 4th Emmy -- Congratulations Maestro Schwarz and EMF Faculty

EMF Congratulates Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the All Star Orchestra for receiving an Emmy Award - the 4th awarded to the Orchestra. The recognition was announced by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 53th Annual Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards at ceremony in Seattle on Friday. Ten members of the EMF faculty performed with the All Star Orchestra in 2015 and we congratulate them all. Jeffrey Multer Violin The Florida Orchestra, Concertmaster Yuka Kadota (on leave 2016) Violin Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Qing Li Violin Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Principal Second Violin Sean Weil Violin St Louis Symphony Orchestra Daniel Reinker Viola Nashville Symphony, Principal Leonid Finkelshteyn Bass North Carolina Symphony, Principal Meredith Johnson Bass Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Les Roettges Flute Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Principal Randall Ellis Oboe Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Principal Kevin Reid Horn Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Principal

June 6, 2016

Cover Story - Guilford County Women's Journal

EMF makes the cover of the Guilford County Women's Journal this month. Great backstory, bios and feature on our "Encircling the City" partnership with the Public Libraries

May 20, 2016


Ben Sollee Brings His Innovative Art To Eastern Music Festival

May 18, 2016

CROSSING PATHS: New Music for Percussion (And Other Instruments)

EMF FRINGE continues Saturday, May 21 with music for percussion at West Market Street UMC

May 6, 2016

Jon Stickley Trio Open Fringe Series -- May 15

EMF’s Eclectic 2016 Fringe Schedule Begins on May 15 Jon Stickley Trio (Bluegrass/Americana/Fusion) Takes the Stage at Revolution Mill Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Triad Stage Box Office from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at (336) 272-0160 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=8222601

April 26, 2016

Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation Supports EMF 2016 Scholarship Initiative

Eastern Music Festival is honored to announce receipt of a significant scholarship fund gift from The Louis DeJoy and Aldona Wos Family Foundation. This generous gift will provide scholarship assistance to eight North Carolina musicians between the ages of 14 and 23 studying at EMF this summer.

March 31, 2016

BeauSoleil trio, Ben Sollee part of EMF Fringe lineup

A trio from the popular Creole band BeauSoleil and cellist Ben Sollee will be among acts performing during this year's Fringe series of alternative music offered by the Eastern Music Festival.

March 30, 2016

EMF Announces Eclectic 2016 Fringe Schedule

Fringe, EMF’s concert series that spotlights a wide variety of musical genres, begins May 15 and features seven concerts. For the 2016 season, Fringe offerings range from gypsy jazz to mountain music, Creole to country, blues to pops and its second annual Chamber Crawl. Featured Artists include: Ben Sollee, BeauSoleil (trio), Jon Stickley Trio and Tuba Skinny.

March 24, 2016

EMF Explorers Registration Now Open!

EMF and the Music Academy of North Carolina announce registration for 2016 EMF Explorer Camps.

February 15, 2016

SNEAK PEEK: Eastern Music Festival's 2016 Season (June 27 – July 30)

On Friday evening, February 12, at Starmount Forest Country Club, Eastern Music Festival’s friends, faculty and Board of Directors celebrated the unveiling of the Festival’s 55th season at the Sketches of Spain social. The season highlights announced by Music Director Gerard Schwarz, brought excitement to the room, counteracting the cold and windy February weather. Over 150 of the festival’s most dedicated friends and supporters were on hand for the celebration.

February 4, 2016

Eastern Music Festival Young Artists to be featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top Radio Broadcasts

Three young artist alumni from the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) will be featured on NPR’s syndicated radio program From the Top in coming weeks. Alec Manasse (clarinet), Nolan Harvel (guitar) and Maggie O’Leary (bassoon) were each selected by live audition to perform on the program. Their performances, recorded late in 2015 and earlier this year, will be broadcast to NPR stations around the country and shared via the From the Top website and weekly podcast.

November 23, 2015

Eastern Music Festival announces 2016 Tannenbaum-Sternberger Distinguished Teaching Artists

Eastern Music Festival Executive Director Chris Williams announced today that the festival has received generous grant support from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation for 2016-2018. The Foundation’s support will allow the festival to expand and focus its educational initiatives significantly through the development of a “Distinguished Teaching Artist” residency program. 2016’s “Tannenbaum-Sternberger Distinguished Teaching Artists” will be acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and violist Cynthia Phelps.

November 19, 2015

Seattle Symphony Percussionist Matthew Decker Joins 2016 Eastern Music Festival Artist/Faculty Roster

Eastern Music Festival announces that alumnus Matthew Decker, the Seattle Symphony’s newly appointed Assistant Timpanist /Percussionist, has joined the EMF artist/faculty roster for 2016. Decker attended EMF as a student in 2008.

August 1, 2015

Beethoven and Mahler Cap EMF's 54th Season

As Executive Director Chris Williams reminded the substantial audience, the blockbuster gala performance, presented in Aycock Auditorium, was the last of the Eastern Music Festival's 54th season. On paper it looked like almost too much of several good things, for at most other festivals, the evening's "major work" would have been more than enough to generate grand-finale buzz and lots of advance sales for the next round. So this program – Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 – was generous by any standard. But in retrospect one would not have been willing to give up any part of it – aside (perhaps) from the long lines at the small sales and will-call tables in the lobby.

July 31, 2015

EMF Closing Weekend – Student Competition Winners and More

GREENSBORO — Eastern Music Festival audiences have just a few more opportunities to enjoy concerts by talented students and faculty before this summer’s 54th festival ends on Saturday.

July 30, 2015

EMF wraps up with concerto winners' concerts, pianist Awadagin Pratt

GREENSBORO — Eastern Music Festival audiences have just a few more opportunities to enjoy concerts by talented students and faculty before this summer’s 54th festival ends on Saturday.

July 29, 2015

Unusual Evening of Choral Mozart Provides Magnificent Sound

An unusual and magnificent sound was heard from the Dana Auditorium stage Wednesday night at the Eastern Music Festival: voices. In the five weeks that comprise the festival held at Guilford College, very few performances incorporate singing, but Wednesday night's concert took some steps to rectify the situation. Mozart's Missa brevis in F, K. 192 (written by the composer when he was 18 years old) and Requiem, K. 626 (unfinished at the time of his death in 1791) featured both a 40-voice choir and chamber orchestra.

July 25, 2015

EMF Orchestra & Guests Dazzle Near-Capacity Crowd

The Eastern Festival Orchestra is the EMF's heavy hitter, symphonically, but because the Eastern Music Festival is an educational undertaking, this faculty ensemble isn't always the liveliest, the most incisive, or even the best disciplined, for there are two all-student groups, populated by some of the brightest and best players from all over, that can and often do give the old folks serious runs for their playing money (so go hear 'em sometime, if you haven't). All that said, one must concede that the Festival Orchestra probably takes the palm in terms of sheer volume, as demonstrated on several occasions during its most recent outing in Dana Auditorium, on the campus of Guilford College.

July 23, 2015

EMF Fringe takes on a Lilith flair

When Tom Philion took the reins of the Eastern Music Festival at the turn of the century, he almost immediately began formulating a plan aimed at broadening the reach of the series.

July 23, 2015

Anne Akiko Meyers Plays On A Guarneri del Gesu

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will play the 'Vieuxtemps' Guarneri del Gesu violin during her performances at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, N.C.

July 23, 2015

Musical Gems of the United States, England and Finland Featured at Superb EMF Concert

Having attended, and also reviewed, several of the Eastern Music Festival's (EMF) concerts featuring students of the festival playing as the Young Artists Orchestra, I am struck and disappointed by the poor attendance – usually about half filled/empty. This, to me, reinforces the fact that unfortunately it is often name recognition that counts rather than the merit of the performer(s). While the faculty-filled Eastern Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, becomes –in the five weeks of the festival – one of the great orchestras in the world, these student orchestras (ages 14-20) actually approach, and at times reach, that same performance level.

July 21, 2015

Broadened horizons: EMF adds classical guitar program

July 21, 2015

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, OCU appoint Garcia to new conducting position

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras has partnered with the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City Univeristy to appoint Eric Garcia to the new position of artistic director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and associate professor and music director of the OCU Symphony Orchestra.

July 20, 2015

Concert review: World premiere at EMF has crowd on its feet

GREENSBORO — The enthusiastic crowd inside Guilford College's Dana Auditorium leapt to its feet Saturday night at the conclusion of the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's "Symphony No. 4."

July 18, 2015

An Evening of Great Romantic Music, "Neo-" and the Real Thing at EMF

The word "symphony" has had a long evolution in the annals of music history and continues to this day to, in the concert world, be the apex of musical composition. Even when not specifically labeled as such, because of its enormous breadth some works are referred to as "symphonies." In another fabulous concert, unique in both its programming and high level of performance, the Eastern Music Festival's "Festival Orchestra," under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, presented an eclectic night of a mighty classic, a modern giant and a world premiere. It was a gala night at Dana Auditorium on the Guilford College campus in Greensboro.

July 15, 2015

The deep love between a man and his cello

July 13, 2015

Chamber Potpourri at Eastern Music Festival

Members of the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival gathered Monday night in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Recital Hall before a large audience. Works by Beethoven, David Diamond, and Mozart provided the coupling of the familiar with the obscure.

July 11, 2015

A Night of Storytelling by Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Richard Strauss

Saturday night's concert by the Eastern Music Festival's faculty orchestra, the Eastern Festival Orchestra, under the dynamic direction of music director Gerard Schwarz, was filled with colorful and dramatic music. All of the compositions were examples of program music, designed to tell a story.

July 10, 2015

EMF Faculty and BOD Member Judith Saxton's Chamber Group Perform on WFMY NEWS 2 Good Morning Show

July 9, 2015

Composer to premiere new work at Eastern Music Festival

Famous orchestras and soloists have premiered Lowell Liebermann’s musical compositions. Add the Eastern Music Festival to that prestigious list.

July 9, 2015

1st of 3 Mahler Concerts, Continuing ... 8/1: Mighty Mahler at EMF (Part I)

The Sixth Symphony, in A minor, subtitled the "Tragic," is the first of three symphonies by the eccentric and eclectic Bohemian composer Gustav Mahler to be played during the five-week season of the 2015 Eastern Music Festival. It was performed by the excellent student "Eastern Symphony Orchestra" under the direction of Grant Cooper, in his second year at EMF. Lasting fully an hour and a quarter, it was preceded only by the short and charming (but deceptively simple) overture to Mozart's opera Le Nozze di Figaro, in which the students acquitted themselves admirably. Kudos to the young conducting intern, Ho-Yin Kwok, from Hong Kong, who directed the group with ease and confidence.

July 8, 2015

The Greensboro Gala that Grew and Grew

A previously unknown coefficient of expansion took over the stage of Dana Auditorium during the Eastern Music Festival's annual keyboard spectacular, billed this year as the Piedmont Music Center Piano Gala. At first, there were two works on the program, scores by Bach and Liszt, scheduled for performance by EMF piano faculty members Awadagin Pratt and William Wolfram.

July 7, 2015

Folk Elements Flavor Spirited EMF Faculty Chamber Music Concert

The presence of two internationally renowned musicians among the Eastern Music Festival's faculty helped bring out a bevy of music lovers to Guilford College's Dana Auditorium to hear an eclectic program.

July 4, 2015

Festival Orchestra Knocks 'em out of the Park with Diverse, Challenging Program

Between Wednesday's Greensboro Opera/EMF opening event, Friday's Youth program, and Saturday's diverse evening of old and new, the Eastern Music Festival was batting three-for-three for a stunning way to open the summer.

July 3, 2015

First Eastern Music Festival Orchestra Concert Truly a Triple Header

This all Beethoven program was a perfect example of the unique programming a music festival can and ought to present. Eastern Music Festival Music Director Gerard Schwarz chose three rarely programed works. Two, from the composer's early orchestral mastery, sandwiched a true rarity – Beethoven's own transcription for piano and orchestra of the great Violin Concerto. Even more imaginatively, Schwarz has begun a tradition of presenting a full sampling of the festival's talented musicians. All three orchestras – the all-faculty, professional Eastern Festival Orchestra as well as the two full-sized Young Artists Orchestras – took their places on Guilford College's Dana Auditorium stage.

June 30, 2015

Second EMF Faculty Chamber Concert Proves Stimulating and Zesty Mix

The Tuesday night Faculty Chamber Series concerts take place in the Eastern Music Festival's largest weekly venue, Dana Auditorium, on Guilford College's lovely pastoral campus. Music lovers are encouraged to take full advantage of the general admission and to crowd as close to the stage as possible. The balcony, the sweet spot for orchestral concerts, was closed. This concert featured an imaginative and eclectic program that surveyed the mastery of players from almost every section of the professional Joseph M. Bryant Festival Orchestra which caps each weekend of the festival.

June 29, 2015

54th Eastern Music Festival Opens with Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky

The first concert of the 54th Eastern Music Festival utilized the superb acoustics of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Recital Hall on Monday night. The composers: Mozart, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky. The players? All faculty members of the EMF.

June 27, 2015

Eastern Music Festival gets started on its 54th season (Video)

The staccato sound of a snare drum filtered from a practice room in the Guilford College dorm. Andrew Nowak had just arrived for a summer of study at the Eastern Music Festival. He wasted no time getting down to practice.

June 25, 2015

What's Going On at Eastern Music Festival This Week

June 18, 2015

EMF combines tradition with new programs

When the Eastern Music Festival opens on June 27, look for several new features at the 54-year-old classical school and concert series.

June 2, 2015

Jazz trio shows how Fringe series can surprise us

"Friends, it just doesn’t get any better than this. Short of traveling back in time to 1959 and snatching up Dave himself, fresh off of the “Time Out” sessions, Fringe has presented the best possible scenario for fans of Brubeck and cool jazz."

Go Triad. Music Review. May 28, 2015. Nicholas Rich / Special to News & Record.

June 1, 2015

"Camp Prodigy" By Grant Britt, contributor at O.Henry Magazine

"When I picked up Claire at the end of camp, and saw the energy with which she played in her final concert, I could see that EMF had worked its magic. Her passion for orchestral and chamber music went up several notches. It's these kind of summer experiences that create a new generation of musicians, as well as patrons for the arts." Erica Thaler, mother of Claire Thaler, violin (2014)

February 9, 2015

NEW EMF Classical Guitar Program faculty wins a GRAMMY!

Jason Vieaux, guitar, winner of Best Classical Instrumental Solo for 'Play' 

November 13, 2014

Eastern Music Festival Announces New Executive Director

November 11, 2014

Eastern Music Festival Hires New Executive Director

August 14, 2014

Conductor Gerard Schwarz to record Season 2 of PBS series

August 3, 2014

EMF Discovery offers camp for those with autism spectrum disorder

July 31, 2014

Nora Jane Struthers: Music career ‘just felt so right’

July 28, 2014

EMF creates scholarship to honor retiring executive director

July 26, 2014

Orchestra Concert Approaches Perfection in EMF Finale

July 23, 2014

Exquisite Fauré Requiem Presented at EMF

July 23, 2014

Learning To Love The Eastern Music Festival

July 21, 2014

Bright Sheng World Premiere Anchors Superb Evening of Chamber Music at the EMF

July 19, 2014

An Evening of Soloist and Ensemble Brilliance at the EMF

July 17, 2014

Novo leads EMF student orchestras with passion, flair

July 17, 2014

Fringe series brings Americana, world music to EMF

July 12, 2014

EMF Orchestra Concert Approaches Perfection

July 10, 2014

Review: Big sound from EMF chamber music concert

July 5, 2014

EMF Concerts Featuring Music Director Gerard Schwarz

July 3, 2014

Review: Musicians start strong at first EMF concert

July 2, 2014

EMF plays the library

July 1, 2014

Classical Music Among the Groceries

June 29, 2014

LOGISTICAL HARMONY: Operations director keeps Eastern Music Festival flowing

June 26, 2014

EMF, Greensboro Ballet team up for special ‘Serenade’

June 23, 2014

Stephanie Cordick, Eastern Music Festival chief, to retire

June 23, 2014

Eastern Music Festival Announces 2014 Season with over 100 music related events

June 19, 2014

53rd annual Eastern Music Festival eager to raise baton

May 31, 2014

Greensboro's Eastern Music Festival adds a 5K on July 13

April 28, 2014

EMF benefit serves international music and food

March 31, 2014

First Episode of Gerard Schwarz's ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA Wins Two Emmy Awards

All-Star Orchestra took home two Emmy Awards yesterday at the 57th Annual New York Emmy Awards, which took place at the Marriott Marquis' Broadway Ballroom in New York City.

"Music for the Theatre," the first program in the eight-episode classical music concert series, won in both categories for which it was nominated. The series features top musicians from across the country performing major symphonic masterpieces and works from leading contemporary American composers and premiered nationwide on public television and in the New York metro area on THIRTEEN in September 2013.

February 6, 2014

Internationally Acclaimed Conductor Directs UW Student Ensembles

Maestro Gerard Schwarz raises his baton at the University of Wyoming. The former Seattle Symphony Orchestra director has 13 Grammy nominations and two Emmy wins to his credit, among numerous other awards. Tonight (Feb. 6), he’ll conduct three university ensembles in a public performance at the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM. UW music department chair Theresa Bogard says Schwarz is honing the student groups’ sound.

February 5, 2014

NACO Review: Coherent Dream-e-scape a highlight of Lintu collaboration

This week’s National Arts Centre Orchestra program features a concerto by Mendelssohn and a symphony by Schumann, but its opening item, R. Murray Schafer’s Dream-e-scape, was as fetching as anything on the program. It’s a beautiful piece, constructed in such a way that it need not offend or confuse listeners whose tastes don’t normally include the music of composers who still walk among us. It’s melodic and colourful. The orchestration in particular is entirely brilliant.

January 30, 2014

Maestro Gerard Schwarz Conducts Kaleidoscope Concert Feb. 6 at UW

Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the University of Wyoming’s Collegiate Chorale, Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will give a public performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

January 17, 2014

Gerard Schwarz to conduct the Vancouver Symphony (WA)

My preview of this weekend's Vancouver Symphony concerts appeared in The Columbian newspaper today. The big news is that former Seattle Symphony music director Gerard Schwarz will conduct the concerts (Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening). It's a historic occasion for the orchestra, and I'll bet that they will sound better than ever.

January 17, 2014

Symphony patrons anticipate a singular thrill

It’s a rarity when an internationally known conductor flies into town to direct a regional orchestra, but that’s exactly what’s happening this weekend. You may see patrons of the Vancouver Symphony pinch themselves and snap a lot of photos when Gerard Schwarz steps on the podium to direct the orchestra in a program of works by Emmanuel Chabrier, Édouard Lalo, and Felix Mendelssohn.

January 16, 2014

Local patron to commission Eastern Music Festival works

Corigliano is creating a work for violin and orchestra to be premiered at the 2014 festival. EMF Concertmaster Jeff Multer will play the work on his Vuillaume, a violin once owned and played by Corigliano’s father, who was concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years.

“I cannot think of a better way to honor my family and friends than to give life to new musical works that will enrich the lives of so many, from the festival’s young musicians to the audiences in North Carolina and around the world,” McElveen-Hunter said in a news release.

September 22, 2013

EMF Music Director, Musicians in Public-TV Spotlight

The series teaches children and adults more about classical music through free public television, with the aim of expanding the audience for live concerts. It’s designed to appeal to classical music fans and newcomers.

“Even if they are in their 20s and not going to symphonic concerts, when they are in their 40s and 50s, they might consider it,” Schwarz said. “We are trying to make sure that classical music is part of their comfort zone.”
Although many concerts are broadcast live, creating a classical orchestral series made just for television is rare.

“The All-Star Orchestra,” experts say, evokes memories of Leonard Bernstein on the “Omnibus” programs of the 1950s and his Young People’s Concerts.

July 29, 2013

Children and the Eastern Music Festival

What picture do you suppose many people associate with “string quartet”? A bunch of old white men dressed like penguins playing stodgy old music for a few people who have learned to hold it in awe? Children don’t know that. When they hear a string quartet, or any kind of classical music, they love it. I got a chance to witness it in person at one of the Eastern Music Festival’s “EMF Encircling the City” concerts. Greensboro violist and EMF faculty member Diane Phoenix-Neal conceived and started the series three years ago as part of the celebration of the festival’s 50th anniversary.