Summer Study 2021 Updates (as of Feb. 19, 2021)

Due to the nation-wide winter weather events and power outages, we are extending the Summer Study 2021 application deadline to Friday, March 5th.

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The health and safety of our Festival participants is our number one priority. EMF is working with local and state health officials, our Guilford College hosts, venue partners, and reopening specialists to update guidelines and protocols designed to keep our students, faculty, staff, and patrons safe.

Updates for Summer 2021 include:

  1. Smaller class sizes
  2. Decreased student density indoors
  3. Modified dining services
  4. Increased use of open-air spaces
  5. COVID-19 testing on arrival and on a schedul during the Festival (TBD)
  6. Follow recommended health and safety protocols (wear a mask, wait 6-feet apart, wash your hands)

EMF will continue to follow local, state, and federal mandates and may need to quickly shift in-person programming, as needed.

Eastern Music Festival offers optional classroom instruction in several areas related to the performance and business of music that completes our rigorous program. Our classes and seminars give students an opportunity to converse with faculty about issues that every musician encounters throughout a professional career. Open dialogue and honest advice enhance students' experiential learning.

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Seminars are faculty-led sessions offered throughout the festival. These informal discussions allow students to learn from faculty experience and to exchange ideas about important issues of the profession. Topics have included: Mock Auditions, Leading a String Section, Chamber Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques, Injury Prevention, The 21st Century Musician, Practicing Tips, Conducting, Life as a Musician, Tai Chi, Yoga and Body Moveable.

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Body Moveable

A certified Alexander Technique instructor offers weekly classes for students, helping enhance instrumental performance by improving freedom of movement, balance, flexibility, and coordination. The fee for this course is $185, which includes three group sessions and four 30-minute private lessons. Students may schedule private Alexander Technique lessons outside of the class for $60 per hour. These private lessons are available to all students, whether or not they are enrolled in the class.