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 from time to time 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 17th and 18th century repertoire.
Early Music Schools Initiative
The Festival visits local area schools between October and May making presentations about baroque and classical 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.
2021 Early Music Prize Winners:
Joseph Desmond, baritone
Joseph Desmond, piano
Kalvin Rowe, clarinet
Malcolm Boyd, violoncello