Festival Orchestra & Chamber Music


Festival Orchestra – Chamber Music – Collaborative Piano

July 1 – August 3, 2019

J. David Jackson, Music Director & Conductor – Metropolitan Opera

Jarek Lis, Chamber Music Director – Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra6The Festival Orchestra studio is designed for college students wishing to expand their knowledge of orchestral, chamber, and operatic repertoire. Participants have the opportunity to collaborate with talented young 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. MAI provides a truly international training & 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, faculty artists provide master classes, chamber music coaching, group lessons, and lead sectional rehearsals. Young artists perform orchestra concerts, chamber music recitals, and collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio for staged opera productions and galas with visiting conductors.   

Festival Orchestra: The MAI Festival Orchestra is led by Metropolitan Opera conductor J. David Jackson and encompasses a full range of strings, winds, brass, and percussion, as well as collaborative pianists.  In addition to orchestra concerts, the MAI Festival Orchestra will collaborate with the Opera Performance Studio on staged productions of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Britten’s The Turn Of The Screw, and an Opera Gala evening with music from Mozart´s Le Nozze di Figaro.  Repertoire for the two orchestra concerts is as follows:

Orchestra Concert #1
Carl Nielsen – Helios Overture, Op. 17
Edvard Grieg – Lyric Suite, Op. 54a
Jan Sibelius – Symphony # 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 83
Jan Sibelius – Finlandia, Op. 26
Orchestra Concert #2 – In memory of Grayson Druffel, MAI ’17 
Raif Vaughan-Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Samuel Barber, Adagio for Strings
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Symphony # 5 in E minor, Op. 64

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 by instrument.  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 chamber groups are encouraged to apply. Musical assignments are sent out in May prior to your arrival.

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. Deposits are due within 10 days of your acceptance. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2019.

Fees:  Tuition for the Festival Orchestra & Chamber Music Stuido is $2,495 and includes housing. A $250 registration fee is due with your acceptance.  MAI does not charge an audition or application fee.

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