To develop local musicians and community awareness of early music the Saint John Early Music Festival offers several educational programs:
Early Music Open House
Held as part of the Saint John Early Music Festival each year, the Open House is a half-day event consisting of displays and demonstrations of period instruments in the galleries of the Saint John Arts Centre. It is free of charge to the public.
Throughout the year the Festival holds workshops where the musicians involved in its programs work on various aspects of performing baroque repertoire.
Early Music Schools Initiative
The Festival visits local area schools between October and May making presentations about baroque music to students in Grades K – 12.
Early Music Prizes
Each year the Festival sponsors four Early Music Prizes at the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music. Four young performers competing in the intermediate and senior festivals who live and attend school in the Greater Saint John area each receive a $100 prize for the best performance of a work by a composer born between 1500 and 1760 in vocal, string, wind and keyboard categories. Prize winners are also invited to perform in the annual Young Musicians Concert held in June.
2014 Early Music Prize Winners:
Claire Dingee, soprano
Danny Han, piano
Sergei Roy, flute
Elizabeth Trecartin, violin
High school student Jillian Sauerteig in practice with the Early Music Studio.
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The cornerstone of the Early Music Studio is a series of free workshops for professional musicians and local music students. The workshop attendees discuss issues related to the interpretation of Early Music and develop their skills in Early Music performance. The product of this collaboration is a series of concerts throughout the year by members of the Early Music Studio.
Members of the Studio hard at play!
Recorder player Tim Blackmore and bassoonist Robert Lewis in rehearsal with Richard Kidd, who is playing an Italian-style harpsichord built by local artisan Andrew Graham.