Who We Are
Empire Film Music Ensemble strives to produce multi-media concerts and quality recordings of film and contemporary music to benefit community art.
Based out of Rochester, New York, Empire Film Music Ensemble (EFME) has performed innovative and exciting multimedia concerts throughout the New York state, and has working with industry frontrunners such as Jeff Beal, Mark Watters and Vic Mignogna. After declaring nonprofit status in 2016, the ensemble has collaborated with local institutions such the Little Theatre, WXXI, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the Eastman School of Music. EFME also makes community outreach an essential part of its concert season, having supported charitable organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Project and Seedfolk City Farms.
In the fall of 2013, Eastman School of Music students Dylan Price and Michael Staffeldt founded Empire Film Music Ensemble as an informal extracurricular group with the desire to perform film music. After a first season of memorable performances, student interest had 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 2015, bringing in over 1,000 people and a city-wide recognition to follow.
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 for the 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 performance and production an equal passion and priority.