2022 Evergreen Music Festival

This incredible summer music camp experience is for students (ages 8-21) who play orchestral instruments and for choral students (grades 5-8) in collaboration with the Tacoma Youth Chorus. If you have at least one year of experience with your instrument, then there is the perfect ensemble where you can grow and cultivate new friendships, while thriving in a familial and supportive culture at EMF!

Festival Director: Paul-Elliot Cobbs, DMA

EMF Session I: July 25th – July 29th, 2022 @ Pacific Lutheran University

EMF Session II: August 8th – August 12th, 2022 @ University of Puget Sound

EMF features a day camp for younger musicians and an extended day camp for older musicians. College credit is available for session 2 when simultaneously enrolled at Tacoma Community College.

In order to secure your place submit an application and the non-refundable deposit as soon as possible. Deposits will be applied to tuition.

Session 1

Younger musicians meet for daily classes and rehearsals. The program is designed for young string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players.  String students entering grades 2-8 in the upcoming school year need a minimum of one (1) year experience.  Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion students entering grades 6-8 need a minimum one (1) year experience.  For the first time ever, Session 1 will feature a choir option in collaboration with the Tacoma Youth Chorus this summer, 2022!

Session 1 EMF initiates, enhances, and furthers abilities & appreciation of orchestral music.  Studies include music elements and history, technique building exercises, section rehearsals, lecture/recital demonstrations, performance opportunities, and a concert. 

Session 1 Daily Schedule (Sample)

8:45 – Student Check-In
9:00 – Rehearsals
10:00 – Music Theory
11:00 – Rehearsals
12:00 – Lunch and Recreation
1:00 – Sectionals/Rehearsals
2:00 – Lecture/Recital Demos
3:00 – Music Exploratory: Conducting, Movement, Rhythm & Improv
3:30 – Day Ends

Session 1 Final Concert

Friday, July 29th, 2022
7:00 p.m.  Pacific Lutheran University, Lagerquist Hall

Session 2

Musicians entering grade 9 and above (through age 21) in the upcoming academic school year are invited to apply.  Audition recordings may be required depending on the instrument.  Audition materials will be provided upon receipt of your application.

This festival attracts the talented, motivated and pre-professional young musician for a comprehensive program of summer music study and performance.  Musical studies include chamber music, orchestra rehearsals, masterclasses, orchestral techniques, visiting and live-in artists, section coaching, form analysis, music elements and history classes, daily concerts, faculty and student recitals.

FACILITIES – Session 2 will be in an extended Day Camp held at the University of Puget Sound.

Session 2 Daily Schedule (Sample)

9:00 – Orchestra Rehearsal/Sectionals
11:00 – Music Theory
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Team Building/Faculty Recital/Ice Cream Social
1:30 – Orchestra Rehearsal
3:00 – Break
3:15 – Chamber Music
4:30 – Lecture with Dr. Cobbs
5:30 – Day Ends

Session II Final Concerts

Friday, August 12th 2022

3:30 p.m.  University of Puget Sound, Schneebeck Hall
7:00 p.m. University of Puget Sound, Schneebeck Hall


Tommy Hawthorne, Festival Manager
EMF, 901 Broadway, Suite 500
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 627-2792, x5

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