WHO WE ARE
to cultivate enthusiasm for film and media music through performance, production and education at the highest level of excellence among diverse audiences.
In the Fall of 2013, Eastman School of Music undergraduates Dylan Price and Michael Staffeldt established the Empire Film Music Ensemble (EFME)--an informal extracurricular group of orchestral musicians with the dream of performing film music in concert settings. At the time, the mission of the ensemble was to treat film music as legitimate concert repertoire with innovative multimedia performances throughout the greater Rochester and New York area. A first season of two memorable performances quickly built momentum for the ensemble, eventually attracting the attention of Eastman alumnus and Emmy winning-composer, Jeff Beal. EFME had its first major collaboration with Beal in the spring of 2015, bringing in over one thousand people to Kodak Hall and gaining a city-wide recognition.
Around the same time, Empire Film Music Ensemble began a professional relationship with the award-winning CBS web series, Star Trek Continues. Contracted as the official ensemble to perform an original score composed by Andy Farber, the group made their recording debut and provided original music for the 2017 double-episode finale, “To Boldly Go.” EFME has since expanded into film music creation, making high quality music performance and production an ongoing passion and priority for the ensemble.
After filing for and receiving nonprofit status in 2016, the ensemble officially rebranded as the Empire Film and Media Ensemble (EFaME) in the fall of 2018. The Empire Film and Media Ensemble has since collaborated with renowned Rochester institutions such The Little Theatre, WXXI, the Strong Museum of Play, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the Eastman School of Music. EFaME also makes education and community outreach an essential part of its concert season, having supported charitable organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project and Seedfolk City Farms.
In 2019, EFaME premiered a Live-Score-Screening of The Biggest Little Farm as part of the One Take Film Festival. The performance was produced collaboration with the Little Theater and the Beal institute of Film Music and Contemporary Media.