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Eastern Festival Orchestra Brass. Photo credit: Lynn Donovan

GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 27, 2024) – Eastern Music Festival (EMF), a nationally acclaimed summer educational program and classical music festival, is dedicated to fostering musical education and community engagement throughout the summer. For 63 seasons, EMF has provided diverse and accessible musical experiences to the Greensboro community, consistently showcasing the talents of its esteemed guest artists, faculty, and Young Artists.

EMF offers a variety of free educational events designed to enrich the cultural vibrancy of Greensboro, including the annual Encircling the City program in partnership with the Greensboro Public Libraries, educational masterclasses with EMF faculty and visiting guest artists, informative Musically Speaking discussions before concerts on Thursday and Friday evenings, weekly Young Artist Recitals, Pre-Concert Brass Preludes, and EMF’s annual Kaleidoscope (formerly Open House) on Sunday, July 21. This year’s free events continue this tradition, fostering connections and strengthening the community through music.
Encircling the City
Developed by EMF faculty member Dr. Diane Phoenix-Neal, Encircling the City is an educational performance and service-learning project in collaboration with the Greensboro Public Libraries, sponsored by The Cemala Foundation. EMF String Fellow quartets will perform short classical programs in family-friendly settings at various library branches. This program, which aligns with the Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, inspires children and promotes learning.
  • Monday, July 8 at 10:00 AM: McGirt Horton Branch Library and Glenwood Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 10 at 10:00 AM: Central Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 AM: Hemphill Branch Library and Glen McNairy Branch Library
  • Monday, July 15 at 10:00 AM: Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library; 10:30 AM at Benjamin Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 AM: Vance Chavis Branch Library
Visiting artists and EMF faculty will offer public masterclasses, refining the repertoire of selected students in a one-on-one setting. Audiences are welcome to observe these sessions in the Carnegie Room at Hege Library, Guilford College.
  • Monday, July 1 at 1:00 PM: The Amernet String Quartet
  • Friday, July 5 at 4:00 PM: Violinist Jeff Multer
  • Wednesday, July 10 at 4:00 PM: The US Air Force Heritage Winds Quintet
  • Friday, July 12 at 4:00 PM: Pianist, tbd
  • Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 PM: Pianist Marika Bournaki
  • Friday, July 19 at 4:00 PM: Cellist Amanda Forsyth and Violinist Chee-Yun
  • Thursday, July 25 at 4:00 PM: Guitarist Jason Vieaux
  • Friday, July 26 at 4:00 PM: Violinist Mark Peskanov
Musically Speaking
Musicologist Dr. Greg Carroll and guests will host educational discussions on the history and background of the evening’s composers and repertoire in a relaxed, conversational setting. These sessions will take place in the Moon Room at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 PM from June 27 to July 27.
Pre-Concert Brass Preludes
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Aaron Tindall Conducting. Photo credit: Jonathan Greene

Every Saturday night during the Eastern Music Festival season, the Dana Auditorium Lawn at Guilford College comes alive with the vibrant sounds of the Pre-Concert Brass Preludes. Starting at 7:15 PM, this delightful event features the talented EMF Young Artists, offering a captivating musical experience. Free and open to the public, it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy an evening of exquisite brass performances in a beautiful outdoor setting before the performance in Dana Auditorium.

Young Artists Recitals
EMF’s Young Artists Recitals feature talented young musicians from around the world, offering a platform for their exceptional skills. These recitals are an inspiration for performers and audiences alike.
  • Euphonium/Tuba Institute Young Artist Recital: Saturday, July 6 at 4:00 PM
  • Young Artist Piano Recitals: Sundays, July 7, July 14, July 21 at 3:00 PM, and Wednesday, July 24 at 6:30 PM*
  • Young Artist Chamber Recitals: July 10 at 6:30 PM, July 17 at 4:00 PM and 6:30 PM, July 23 at 1:30 PM and 6:15 PM, July 24 at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM, July 27 at 2:00 PM
  • Guitar Summit Young Artist Recital: Saturday, July 27 at 6:15 PM
All recitals will be held in the Carnegie Room at Hege Library, except for the piano recitals, which will be held in Dana Auditorium*Note: The Piano Recital on July 24 will also be held in the Carnegie Room.
EMF’s Annual Kaleidoscope (Formerly Open House)
On Sunday, July 21, EMF will host its annual Kaleidoscope, featuring performances by EMF Young Artists and faculty at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College. The event, running from 1 PM-5 PM, includes free concerts open to the public and marks the beginning of the festival’s final week.
  • 1:00 PM: Young Artist Percussion Ensemble Concert
  • 3:00 PM: Young Artist Piano Recital
  • 5:00 PM: Young Artist Guitar Recital
For complete program details for the Eastern Music Festival, running from June 22 to July 27, visit