New auditions coming soon!By Emilia Campagna
May 20, 2022
Good news for young talented musicians: a contest based on merit was launched to award Learning Grants to musicians wishing to enter Theresia Orchestra and participate in its learning activities for the period August 2022 – November 2023! Meaning, auditions are to be held soon.
Instruments involved are violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. Auditions, during which candidates will be asked not only to play but also to express their motivations to participate in the project, will be held at Schloss Frohnburg in Salzburg (Austria) thanks to the collaboration with Salzburg Mozarteum, on 14 July 2022 for wind instruments and on 15 July 2022 for string instruments, and will be run as chamber music workshops under the supervision of the Board of Examiners. Components of the Board of Examiner will be Alfredo Bernardini, Theresia’s Principal Conductor, violinist Gemma Longoni (Concertmaster), Artistic Director Mario Martinoli, Charlotte Michi (Fondazione ICONS Director), and Elena Gaboardi (Fondazione ICONS Board Member).
Selected musicians will participate in five of the residencies from August 2022 to November 2023: the first two of them, both in August, will be chamber music residencies, for string players in Geneva (Switzerland) and wind instruments in Totana (Spain). An opera production is also scheduled: residency n. 36 is devoted to Cimarosa’s opera “Le astuzie femminili”, with concerts in Rieti and Rome in October. Orchestral residencies will follow, with projects in which Theresia Orchestra will be conducted by Alfredo Bernardini, Alessandro De Marchi and Giovanni Antonini. Check the website for more info and updates!
Joining Theresia is a great opportunity: in addition to being involved in such musical projects, the musicians who will be particularly distinguished by artistic merit at the end of their granting period may have the possibility to extend their grant for one more year and may be invited to join the professional alumni orchestra named Concerto Theresia. Moreover, musicians will be involved in the activities made possible by the European project Empower: some of them will be “ambassadors” at the very centre of a program (Ambassador Program and Audience Development), which aims to engage new audiences in part thanks to some of our musicians acting as testimonials. Still, Empower will affect all musicians involved in Theresia, thanks to its learning program and capacity building modules.
Of course, not everybody can participate, and some requirements are mandatory: applicants must be born after (or on) 1 January 1994 and must be citizens of one of the Countries of the European Union or the European Economic Area. Non-EU citizens may apply if they have a residence permit for study in one of the Countries of the European Union. They must have in-depth knowledge of performance praxis on authentic instruments and of the use of period instruments. Last but not least, the use of the classical bow for strings and classical instruments for winds is mandatory during the Auditions.
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