Festival Orchestra


Festival Orchestra – Chamber Music – Collaborative Piano

July 1 – August 4, 2018

Orchestra6The Festival Orchestra is a tuition free studio for young musicians wishing to expand their knowledge of orchestral, chamber, and operatic repertoire. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate with talented musicians from around the world and to experience the rich cultural exchange that comes from performing with musicians from different cultures and countries in a beautiful international setting.  Led by Metropolitan Opera conductor J. David Jackson, MAI provides a truly international performing experience of the highest quality.

At MAI our renowned faculty artists play side-by-side with the young artists in the Festival Orchestra.  Through out the festival our faculty artists also provide master classes, chamber music coaching, and lead sectional rehearsals. Young artists perform orchestra concerts led by Metropolitan Opera conductor J. David Jackson, chamber music recitals, and collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio for staged opera productions.

Festival Orchestra: The MAI Festival Orchestra encompasses as full range of strings, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as collaborative pianists.  Orchestral repertoire for the 2018 festival includes the Rossini Stabat Mater that will be performed in the historic opera house in Trento, Italy, the capital of the Trentino region. Orchestral repertoire includes Berlioz’s Herold In Italy, Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, Smetana Má vlast Symphonic Poems, as well as additional pieces by other noted composers.  For the 2018 festival, the orchestra will collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio on full productions of Huperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Puccini’s Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi, Handel’s Alcina, and the European Premiere of Nico Muhly’s acclaimed opera Dark Sisters.

Chamber Music: Recitals and chamber music concerts are an integral part of the Trentino Music Festival. Each festival orchestra participant is assigned to chamber music group that will rehearse alongside incredible faculty artists. Training includes master classes, chamber music coaching, and group lessons.  Chamber music is an excellent opportunity for young players to improve performance confidence, enhance musical skills, and develop interpersonal skills within a small group. MAI takes great pride in placing individual players into groups with whom they will feel most comfortable; pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply.

Collaborative Piano: At MAI the collaborative pianist is a unique part of the Festival Orchestra studio. A small and select group of pianists are provided with a personally tailored program of study in the fields of art song, chamber music, and opera. Participants are offered performance classes, private coachings, as well as practical rehearsal and performance opportunities where they gain a greater familiarity with the standard vocal and instrumental repertoire, opera, and chamber music. Through this process they develop the skills needed to be professional collaborative artists. Throughout the festival, participants have a rare opportunity to work first-hand with some of the finest collaborative pianists in world today that hold prestigious positions as the English National Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Dutch National Opera Academy, as well as conductors from the Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Santa Fe Opera Festival.  

IMG_1213Auditions: Participants are accepted through video auditions only.  Each applicant should submit two contrasting selections that represent your technical and artistic accomplishments.  Once completed the video should be uploaded along with your application.  The preferred format is YouTube (please make sure that your video is unlocked before uploading it to your application).  Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of their applications.  The deadline for applications is March 31, 2018.

Fees:  The Festival Orchestra is a tuition free program.  Participants pay a $250 Registration Fee, which is payable upon acceptance to the program, and a $1,695 housing fee for the 5 week session.  MAI does not charge an audition or application fee.

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