Festival Orchestra


Music Academy International Festival Orchestra

July 16 – August 12, 2017


Orchestra6The Festival Orchestra is a tuition free studio for young musicians wishing to expand their knowledge of the operatic, chamber, and orchestral 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.  MAI provides a truly international performing experience.

Each summer the Festival Orchestra performs two major concerts. This year our quest conductor will be J. David Jackson from the Metropolitan Opera. Repertoire for those concerts will include a Mozart horn concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony 4, Vaughan-Williams Fantasy on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony 3. Operatic repertoire for the 2017 festival includes Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cendrillon by Jules Massenet, Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, and The Turn Of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. Additional performances include chamber ensemble concerts led by our internationally renowned faculty artists.

To further enhance the training experience MAI faculty artists play side-by-side with the young artists and lead sectionals during the first week of rehearsals. In addition to this rich performance experience, participants in the Festival Orchestra will have the opportunity to perform solo repertoire for Internationally renowned professionals that will provide master classes during the rehearsal period.

Orchestra1 Auditions: 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 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 after March 15, 2017, or until all orchestra seats are filled.

Chamber Music & Piano Performance:  Participants that wish to have a more comprehensive musical experience can also apply to take part in the Chamber Music & Piano Performance studio that takes place from July 2 – July 15, 2017.  Members of the Chamber Music studio receive first preference for participation in the Festival Orchestra.  Chamber Music participants also have orchestral application fee, as well as the registration and music fee waved. Complete details on the Chamber Music studio are available on the Chamber Music & Piano Performance page.

Fees:  The Festival Orchestra is a tuition free program.  Participants pay a $25 Application Fee upon completion of your application and a $375 registration and music fee (due within two weeks of your acceptance).  All Festival Orchestra participants receive free housing for the duration of the festival.

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