WFMT Joins Forces with Cedille to Share Stream of Emerging Artist Competition


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Three competition semifinalists [L-R]: Clare Longendyke, Maya Anjali Buchanan, and Julian Velasco

WFMT is pleased to be collaborating with Chicago’s own Cedille Records to present a stream of the finals of Cedille’s Emerging Artist Competition.

The first such event in Cedille’s history, the competition is being held in honor of the label’s 30th anniversary. The first place artist will get to create a record that will be produced and released by Cedille.

The judges include Cedille founder Jim Ginsburg, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Chicago Children’s Choir artistic director Josephine Lee, and WFMT vice president and general manager George Preston.

The competition’s finals will be held on Sunday, November 21 at 1:00 pm at Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute in the Loop. In addition to the livestream, which will be available to watch for free on WFMT’s Facebook page, the event is open to in-person attendees. RSVP is requested, but admission is free. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.

While the results of the semifinals (which occur on Saturday, November 20) will determine the roster of finalists, the semifinalists include pianist Clare Longendyke, violinist Maya Anjali Buchanan, and saxophonist Julian Velasco. Longendyke and Buchanan have both made appearances on WFMT.

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