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Eastman School of Music undergraduates Dylan Price and Michael Staffeldt established the Empire Film Music Ensemble (EFME) in fall of 2013, pursuing a dream to perform film music in concert settings. Now, the ensemble aims to strengthen the value of film music as legitimate concert repertoire through education, community outreach, collaborative performances, and recordings of artistic merit. Under the guidance of its founders and with the dedication of over 70 passionate musicians from across the Eastman School and University of Rochester, EFME has put on six multimedia performances in various venues across Rochester, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. The orchestra has collaborated to create unique concert experiences with composers, filmmakers, and musicians from the University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Berklee College of Music. Two successful Kickstarter campaigns in 2013 and 2014, as well as generous private and corporate donations have made these projects possible. In 2015, the orchestra recorded for the online TV series Star Trek Continues, composed by Juilliard faculty member and composer at Duotone Audio Group, Andy Farber. Their most recent performance was a collaboration with Emmy Award winning composer and Eastman alumnus Jeff Beal.
Visit their website at http://empirefilmmusicensemble.org/
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