The Empire Film Music Ensemble, with proud sponsorship by the Rochester Optical Society at the University of Rochester, brings to its audiences multimedia experiences unlike any other. Contracting the most talented musicians in Rochester's Arts District, it is our goal to bring the best films and music to the concert stage and to collaborate with budding artists in cutting-edge ways.
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 numerous multimedia performances in various venues across Rochester, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. The orchestra has collaborated to create unique concert experiences with budding artists 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 and 2016, the orchestra recorded for two episodes of the award winning online TV series Star Trek Continues, composed by Juilliard faculty member and composer at Duotone Audio Group, Andy Farber. They recently collaborated in performance with Emmy Award winning composer and Eastman alumnus Jeff Beal.