Applications open for 2016

Audition for the National Youth Orchestras 2016

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.
The orchestra is formed each year at the National Youth Orchestra Courses and comprises the top talent of young South African musicians. Members include players from communities all over the country, and are chosen on merit through two auditions. The first of these is an anonymous recorded audition after which a live audition played behind-screen, in front of an expert audition panel.  The South African …

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Gildas Quartet to tutor at the Winter Course in 2016

Praised for its ‘refreshing approach’ and ‘exciting precision’, the Gildas Quartet is fast establishing itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles to emerge in recent years. From the Birmingham Conservatoire, the Gildas Quartet will be coming to tutor at this year’s National Youth Orchestra Winter Course.

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Merryl Monard (Flute) and the NY Philharmonic

Merryl Monard (flutist), National Youth Orchestra alumnus, attended the first artistic residency hosted by the University Musical Society (UMS), University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) and the New York Philharmonic in October 2015 in Ann Arbour, Michigan. The partnership between the three institutions launched the Philharmonic and UMS’s ambtious five-year residency partnership, which will feature the NY Phil in performances and educational opportunities in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

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Partnering with The Academy of Sound Engineering

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with the Academy of Sound Engineering (ASE). They will be assisting us this year by recording all of our first round auditions across country. ASE Students will be assisting in these recordings where possible and it should be a great experience for everyone.
We hope to do much more together in the future, too.
The Academy of Sound Engineering has for a number of years now been recognised as South Africa’s premier Sound Engineering and Music Technology Academy, since its establishment in 1997.
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West Coast Music Academy with Carina Brown

In 1996, Carina started off as Carinas Musici (musici meaning musicians in Latin) at the local school, Hopefield High School. There were not more than 20 music students initially, but numbers grew each year. In 2003, parents in the nearby town heard of the success of her students and the quality of her teaching, and have asked her to expand her teaching She has then moved out to teach in Langebaan as well as Vredenburg, one day a week. In 2005, the first additional tutor was appointed, and in 2006, the second. As more staff members were appointed, the time were right to change the name of the music school to a more national and international recognisable branding name. Carinas Musici officially changed and was registered as The West Coast Music Academy in 2008.

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Follow up – What It Takes: Strings, November 2015

Between 18-20 November 2015, two violinists from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Amsterdam) and a South African conductor presented our WHAT IT TAKES: STRINGS course for young musicians in Johannesburg.