To grow local musicians for the future, the Studio offers some unique opportunities:
- The Early Music Schools Initiative (click to download pdf flyer) is a series of musical presentations offered to local area schools
- The Early Music Studio Mentorship Program is offered a to advanced-level young performers living and attending school in the Greater Saint John area who wish to develop their skills in Early Music performance. Upon the recommendation of their music teacher, these students are invited to attend the Early Music Studio workshops, where they work with the professional participants in the Early Music Studio to prepare repertoire leading to performance in one of the Studio’s concerts. The mentorship program also includes a partnership with the New Brunswick Competitive Festival of Music whereby young performers competing in the intermediate and senior festivals who live and attend school in the Greater Saint John area receive a prize for the best performance of a work by a composer born between 1500 and 1760 in vocal, instrumental and keyboard categories. In addition, they are invited to attend Studio workshops and to perform in a special Studio concert of young musicians. Winners also receive free studio time that has been donated by Lancaster Recording Studios to record a 20-minute demo CD for use when applying to further their studies.
2012 Early Music Prize Winners:
- Peter Cho (viola)
- Victor Szymanski (tenor)
- Anneke van de Laan (piano)
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.