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CARNIVAL: June 11-18, 2017

Exhibition | Fringe Concerts | Performance Masterclasses | Dorm Rooms | Volunteer


The heart of the Boston Early Music Festival is our world-famous Exhibition. As the premiere early music trade show in North America and among the largest in the world, the BEMF Exhibition features some of the top Early Music tradespeople from across the globe, with makers of period instruments, music publishers, dealers in rare books, prints, and manuscripts, and representatives from the world’s top conservatories and schools of music. Join hundreds of amateur and professional musicians, students, scholars, and enthusiasts from around the world and enjoy four days to purchase instruments, restock your library with unique performance editions, learn about recent musicological developments, renew old friendships, and immerse yourself in an unparalleled opportunity for enrichment and discovery.

Exhibitor Registration Form & Guidelines (PDF)

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Fringe Concerts

The Boston Early Music Festival has begun accepting applications for its Fringe Concert Series, presented in conjunction with the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival. Fringe Concerts are artist-produced concerts that take place at selected venues in the heart of downtown Boston during Festival Week (June 11-18, 2017). They are publicized by BEMF to its Festival ticket holders, advertised on the BEMF website, and included in the Festival Yearbook and in press releases sent to key publications. Fringe Concert artists are responsible for reserving and renting their performance venues, organizing rehearsal time, and managing ticket sales for their events.

Fringe Concert Registration Form (PDF)

Fringe Concert Registration Form (DOC)

Fringe Concert Guidelines (PDF)

Fringe Concert Suggested Venues (PDF)

Please direct questions and inquiries to Carla Chrisfield, BEMF General Manager, at 617-661-1812 or The registration deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017.

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Performance Masterclasses

An assortment of six Performance Masterclasses by distinguished Festival musicians will be offered throughout the week. BEMF Masterclasses allow students, as well as avocational and professional musicians, to receive a public coaching by some of the top performers in the field today. Auditors are encouraged to attend. Admission is $10 for adults or FREE with a BEMF Pass.

2017 Masterclass Application (DOC)

2017 Masterclass Application (PDF)

Please refer to the Application Form for specific dates, times, and locations. For more information, please contact Carla Chrisfield, General Manager, at or 617-661-1812.

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Dorm Rooms

The Boston Early Music Festival is pleased to offer low-cost dormitory rooms at at Northeastern University, situated two blocks east of New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall (BEMF’s primary Festival Concert venue) in Boston’s Back Bay. Rates are $95 for a single room and $160 for a shared double, and reservations must be made directly through the BEMF office using the dorm registration form below. BEMF will accept reservations through Monday, June 5, 2017.

2017 Northeastern Dormitory Application (DOC)

2017 Northeastern Dormitory Information (PDF)

For questions, please contact BEMF General Manager Carla Chrisfield at or 617-661-1812.

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The Boston Early Music Festival is actively seeking Volunteers for the June 2017 Festival & Exhibition. Becoming a volunteer is a unique and rewarding way to show your support for BEMF.

There are opportunities available at every concert and event. In exchange for your time and efforts, you will receive complimentary admission to all events for which you volunteer. In addition, BEMF volunteers also receive a staff shirt, a Festival & Exhibition Yearbook, and a Week Pass to the Exhibition.

The 2017 Volunteer Application is available in PDF format for downloading, and can be returned via:

To request a hardcopy of the 2017 Volunteer Application, email with your name, mailing address, phone number.

Please email or call 617-661-1812 with questions.

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