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We work to improve every aspect of orchestral music development in South Africa. Our training pathway has been created to nurture the musical development of our finest young musicians, from emerging gifted school-age students to those on the verge of a professional career. Along the way our concerts bring delight to thousands.

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The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation is a non-profit organisation provide training and performance opportunities to young classical musicians.

The Foundation is the leader of the youth orchestral movement in the country, inspiring musicians with a commitment to pursue the highest standards of musical performance .

We train and skill musicians, equipping them with the theory and practical experience to perform at the highest level, internationally and in South Africa.

Through our Bursary Fund we are able to give equal access to our programmes to musicians regardless of their financial or social background.

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The foundation is the leader in the youth orchestral movement in the country,
inspiring musicians with a commitment to pursue the highest standards of musical performance.

We believe that participation in our youth orchestra programmed teaches collaboration, tolerance and the spirit of social cohesion in the best possible way – by sharing a common, life-changing musical experience.

Our mission is to create the platform for all of our talented young musicians to access top education and foster a love of music.

Through our Bursary Fund we are able to give equal access to our programmes to musicians regardless of their financial or social background.

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We rely on donations from the public, corporates, and foundations to run our programmes, and to supply financial assistance through our Bursary Fund to the many young and talented musicians that would otherwise have a barrier to participation.

We are grateful to many loyal and generous sponsors that have included Sasol, the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Lotteries Commissions, the Britten Foundation and countless individuals and Alumni that keep our orchestra strong more than 50 years after its inception.

Orchestra CoursesWhat it takesRequirementsSpecial Productions + Side By Side Experiences
Words On MusicInternational ExchangesArts Administration Internships
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A proud tradition of over 50 years of orchestra courses filled with beautiful music, great friends and memorable experiences.

In the Summer and Winter holidays we host 10-day courses alternating between symphony orchestra courses and wind orchestra courses. From time to time we even get to do something completely different and perform in the pit for a contemporary dance show or experience baroque opera. Every year has its own flavour and experience.

Orchestra courses have a world-class faculty made up of the world’s finest musicians and conductors and the course starts with one on one and small group tuition and builds up to the concerts where we showcase the orchestra’s hard work. Each course is in a different location in South Africa – if you get selected to perform with the National Youth Orchestra you will also get to see our beautiful country and meet young musicians from every corner of our country.

Our courses generally run for about 10 days, which start with sectional rehearsals before continuing onto tutti rehearsals, and end with a number of concerts in various venues. Throughout this time, the young musicians get to bond with each other, and have fun both in and out of rehearsals – meeting new musicians from across South Africa and with local and international faculty members. We record, perform and experience music from around the world and we always try to include something that gives us our truly South African flavour. When you play for the National Youth Orchestra you play for our green-and-gold team and it is an inspiration to the many musicians we hope will follow your footsteps.

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To be eligible for acceptance into the South African National Youth Orchestra you need to:

1. Play an orchestral or wind band instrument.

2. Be at at least Grade 7 level (Unisa, ABRSM, Trinity).

3. Be 25 years old or younger in the year of admission.

4. Be a Southern African citizen or permanent resident

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A chance to experience performing with top arts professionals from across SA and the world.

As the National Youth Orchestra is about accessing professional careers, we know that the best way to do this is to put our young artists side-by-side with the best professionals in the world for productions and tours. Past collaborations have included a run at the Joburg Theatre of Vuyani Dance Theatre’s show Full Moon, and side-by-side experiences for our musicians with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington and Sir James Galway, and baroque opera productions with Umculo. In 2018 we have an Immersion Experience with the first major American orchestra to tour to South Africa, the Minnesota Orchestra.

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A course for arts administrators, musicians and arts journalists to use language to write about music.

Every musician/ arts administrator/ arts journalist will one day face the difficult task of having to describe the indescribable, and use language to write about music. Grant applications, newspaper articles, press releases, Facebook posts, programme notes, project descriptions, radio interviews – and the list goes on – throughout every career, performers must find words to win support for whatever they want to do. Initiated by Shirley Apthorp, European critic for the London-based Financial Times and director of Umculo, an organisation dedicated to supporting social change through music in South Africa, we present this intense course that runs alongside the National Youth Orchestra course, on how we help to serve the bigger picture, and how to find easier ways to make language do our bidding.

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Our most talented young artists are given international opportunities to boost their careers.

We are lucky to have access to an international network of top orchestras and music institutions, and through these partnerships we have given some of our best musicians international exchange opportunities. Examples of these exhanges are with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, at the Konservatorium Bern in Switzerland, and at the Jeunesses Musicales Jazz World Orchestra in Sweden and Norway.

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Interested in what happens behind the scenes? Want to be an arts administrator? This is for you.

The National Youth Orchestra Foundation introduces the next generation of aspiring arts administrators to the field of orchestral management.

The programme runs alongside orchestra courses and in the prep time – our interns are coaxed out of their comfort zone, learning not only how the Nationals office is run and managed, but also how Nationals courses are planned, prepared and followed through – acquiring skills related to the orchestra and its many facets: teamwork, interpersonal and external communication, arts marketing, operations, orchestra management, financial management etc.

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Instrument-specific short courses designed for you as an individual, arts administrators, musicians and arts journalists.

Every What It Takes course is designed specifically to cater to the needs of the selected participants from the National Youth Orchestra. The course covers many aspects of professional musicianship including audition preparation, marketing of yourself a a musician, posture/injury prevention, performing with an orchestra, music history related to your instrument and individual master classes from top professionals based across the globe. It gives insight into solo, chamber, and orchestral playing, as well as as teaching and other career options.

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We provide financial assistance where we can to young musicians who have been accepted to the orchestra course. It is means tested, and applicants have to indicate that they require financial assistance on the application form.

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Our courses generally run for about 10 days, which start with sectional rehearsals before continuing onto tutti rehearsals, and end with a number of concerts in various venues. Throughout this time, the young musicians get to bond with each other, and have fun both in and out of rehearsals – meeting new musicians from across South Africa and with local and international faculty members. We record, perform and experience music from around the world and we always try to include something that gives us our truly South African flavour. When you play for the National Youth Orchestra you play for our green-and-gold team and it is an inspiration to the many musicians we hope will follow your footsteps.

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Audition information

To be considered for membership of an orchestra at the National Youth Orchestra Course or any other SANYOF programme for 2017, you must play a recorded audition in one of the main centres. The regional recorded audition tour will commence (for all programmes) in February and March 2017.

If you would like your city to be included as an audition centre in 2017, please make sure there are at least 15 candidates auditioning from that area and we will consider traveling to you. Contact team@sanyo.org.za if you want to qualify.

The musicians range in age from 13 to 25 years, play an orchestral or wind band instrument (for Winter Course) and have a minimum grade 7 music level.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Recorded auditions

Play one piece and one study of your choice. Please make sure it is of minimum Grade 7 standard. If in doubt please consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity College syllabus, and ask your teacher to help you.
Maximum time: 5 minutes – if you feel you can demonstrate your ability in less time, this is perfectly acceptable, but make sure you have given a clear indication of what you are capable of, and ask your teacher to help you select your audition material.
Play your pieces for an audience (anyone who will listen – your friends, your family…) until you are completely comfortable with them. Doing this helps immensely when you come to your audition slot as you will feel more confident because you know your pieces well.

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Live auditions at the National Youth Orchestra Course

Live auditions will be held behind screen on the first day of course for an expert audition panel. Full parts will be sent out before the time to participants who have been accepted for course.

Accompanists

Accompanists are not allowed at recorded auditions or live auditions.

Anonymity

All applicants will be identified by a number only. Audition recordings will be reviewed by selected members of the South African National Youth Orchestra audition committee all of them with substantial orchestral and or teaching experience.

Auxiliary instruments

Applicants are encouraged to audition on auxiliary instruments (eg oboe and cor anglais, flute and piccolo) as well as their primary instrument. Your auxiliary instrument will count in your favour as it gives you more chances at placement in an orchestra. We will have your best interests at heart when deciding on your placement. Auxilliary instrument applications will be given two separate audition times. You are required to do full auditions on both instruments.

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Percussion auditions

Percussion auditions will take place on the first day of the course. No pre-recorded audition is necessary, but if we have a large number of applicants we will require recommendations from your teacher. Please see “Percussion audition guidelines”. Please note that percussion auditions will not be behind-screen, but the panel will not include any participants’ teacher. All percussion entrants must have a letter from their teacher stating that they are at the required standard of Unisa, ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 7 or its equivalent.

Violin auditions

Three applicants will be selected from the live auditions to audition for the position of concert master of each orchestra at the course. These applicants will do an additional 30 minute live audition with the conductor on the first day of the course.

Audition Timeline

Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted to the course on no later than 30 April for the July Winter Course, and no later than 30 October 2017 for the December Summer Course.
Bursary, scholarship and payment plan options will be released for participants to apply once they have been accepted to a course/programme.
All live auditions will take place on the first day of each course, and when the course starts audition results regarding placement will be announced. Please note that this might not be a final placement for seating, but will be the final placement in the orchestra. Final seating is decided by the conductor and the artistic director of the course.

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Privately recorded audition

You must notify the Nationals office on team@sanyo.org.za if you wish to do a recorded audition and provide valid reasons as to why you can not attend the official recorded auditions.

Your audition should not be longer than four minutes (excluding the excerpts for the Winter Course).

Accompanists are not allowed.

One piece and one study of your own choice, minimum Grade 7 standard (consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity syllabus and your teacher if you are in doubt).

It should be a first and only take, and the sound engineer must sign a form supplied by the SANYOF office (request a form from team@sanyo.org.za) stating that it is a first and only take.

Auditions should be provided on .mp3 and sent to team@sanyo.org.za and must reach us by 28 February 2017.

Auditions FAQ

When is my audition?

Once the SANYOF office has received your application you will be notified by post, email or sms. We will then let you know the time of your auditions. Your audition will be in the main centre closest to you. If there is a problem with your date or time, please email the SANYOF office team@sanyo.org.za

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How do I schedule my recorded audition?

The SANYOF office will give you a time and location for your recorded audition. We will let you know when this will be. If there is a problem with your audition time, email team@sanyo.org.za immediately, and we will try to accommodate you at a different time. If this is not possible, you will need to send in a private recording (see guidelines for this). SANYOF does not cover the cost of your recording and due to variations in recording quality, this is not encouraged.

How long will the recorded audition be?

Not longer than 5 minutes.

What should I play at the recorded audition?

One piece of your choice and one study of your choice. Please ensure that this selection clearly demonstrates your ability on your instrument(s). We will also provide sight reading for you to play at your recorded audition. Note to percussionists: please see additional guidelines.

Can I send in a DVD?

No, SANYOF does not accept DVD recordings as the whole process is anonymous.

What repertoire should I chose for my recorded audition?

The repertoire for your audition needs to include one piece and one study. It should be of minimum Grade 7 standard. If you are in doubt, please consult the UNISA, ABRSM or Trinity Grade 7 syllabus and ask your teacher.

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How many movements?

You may choose to play as many movements as you like, but make sure you stay within the five minute allocated time. You may also play part of a movement/concerto in order to fit into the five minute slot.

Why do percussionists have a specific list of selections or guidelines, while other instruments’ requirements are generic?

It is impossible to tell from a recorded audition what the percussionist’s technique is like. Also – all Grade 7 level and above percussion applicants are accepted to the course as we need so many of them this year.

Why are there two auditions?

The first audition gains entry to the National Youth Orchestra Course and SANYOF programmes. The second audition gives you a second chance, and allows for placement in an orchestra at the course you have been accepted to. Both auditions count towards your final placement.
The first audition (recorded by our traveling audition team) consists of a piece and a study of your own choice.
The second audition (behind-screen, done by the panel for the course or programme) will include a quick study and orchestral excerpts prescribed by SANYOF.

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What does the audition panel want to hear?

We would like to see what your strengths are – so put your best foot forward. Play what suits you, and not what you think would suit us. Your auditions should demonstrate a range of ability and provide contrasts of musical style and instrumental technique. Each audition will be given a percentage. Remember: express don’t impress.

Do I get feedback?

We will provide feedback on your audition for you during the course (if you would like it).

When will I get the results of my recorded audition?

Applicants will be notified if they have been accepted on the course or not on 30 April for the July Winter Course, and no later than 30 October 2017 for the December Summer Course (via sms and email). Please do not call the SANYOF offices for your results. If you have not received any communication from us by 30 April 2017 or 30 October respectively, please email team@sanyo.org.za

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Percussion audition guidelines

You should have prepared pieces on the following:
• Concert snare drum
• Solo melodic instrument
• Solo timpani (or drum-set)
Percussionists should perform a prepared solo on snare drum (or multiple percussion that includes snare-drum technique), timpani (or drum-set) and a melodic percussion instrument (marimba, xylophone) and will be asked to sight-read on snare drum and marimba.

Prepared piece

SANYOF embraces and values all music styles so you should prepare a piece that you are comfortable with and displays your strengths as a musician. It should be approximately 3 minutes in length, in any style, which demonstrates your instrumental proficiency and your overall musicianship. Do not choose a piece or a style of music you think the audition team wants to hear. Rather, select a piece that puts your “best foot forward” and highlights what you feel represents your best playing. Ultimately, the audition is a discovery process and we want to find out what you do well.

Vibraphone/Marimba

You may choose to select a 2 or 4 mallet prepared piece that demonstrates your strengths on the instrument. You may also be asked to demonstrate your technical facility via typical practice routines and exercises (scales, arpeggios, etc.).

Drum set

If you want to show expertise on drum set, substitute the timpani component with a drum-set component. Drummers should bring their sticks and a practice pad for use in the warm-up room, as most warm-up rooms will not have a drum kit for your warm-up. A standard 4 or 5 piece drum set with 2 cymbals will be provided for drum set players. Double-bass pedals are not provided.

It is recommended to seek the guidance of your teacher when selecting your prepared pieces. Please note that it should be of minimum Grade 7 standard (consult the UNISA syllabus if you are in doubt).

Your audition will be up to a maximum of 15 minutes, but please don’t feel you need to use all fifteen – if you are able to demonstrate your ability in less time, this is perfectly acceptable.

Accompanists are not allowed.

Reading: The examples range from basic to complex in order for the audition team to gauge your reading ability. You will have 5 minutes before your audition to warm up on your instrument and 10 minutes to review the reading material before being asked to play the examples in the audition.

You may also be asked to demonstrate your technical facility via typical practice routines and exercises (scales, arpeggios, etc.) on either vibraphone or marimba or rudiments on the snare drum.

We take a holistic approach in our evaluation process where each component of the audition helps the audition team assess your overall abilities as a musician. While each component is important, we recognise it is common for applicants to have imbalances in their playing abilities.

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<p><img src="/img/IMG_8207.jpg" width="250" height="166" class="bordered right"/>The South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation&rsquo;s 2006 Orchestra Course will fire the imagination of South Africa&rsquo;s rising classical music stars in Cape Town this July.</p> <p>An eclectic group of 280 young classical musicians, taught throughout the year by our country&rsquo;s finest, dedicated and most enthusiastic music teachers, will descend on Cape Town between July 4 and 14. Hailing from all nine of South Africa&rsquo;s provinces, the best classical youth talent in South Africa will learn from world-class musicians and conductors during the two-week course. </p>
<img src="/img/Concerts-048-small.jpg" class="bordered right"/>Rapturous applause. That’s what greeted all four ensembles formed at the concerts that brought this year’s 42nd annual South African National Youth Foundation course in Cape Town to an end. And some tears. For this is an annual get-together of old friends, and the start of many new friendships as youngsters between the ages of 13 and 25 come year after year to get expert tuition in orchestral instruments. This year, a record 270 young musicians registered for the event.
<img src="/img/Bonn_small.jpg" class="bordered right"/> What great company the Sasol South African National Youth Symphony Orchestra keeps. In amongst some of the world’s great orchestras such as Philadelphia Orchestra, Bonn’s Beethoven Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie from Bremen and Leipzig’s famed Gewandhaus Orchestra, our orchestra, called the South African Youth Orchestra for the trip, proved as guests at the 2006 Beethoven Festival in Bonn that we are as good as it gets.
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<img src="/gallery/images/lubner comp.jpg" class="bordered right"/>The prestigious Ronnie and Rhona Lubner Soloist Competition took place in Kimberley on 29 and 30 November 2007. The William Humphrey’s Art Gallery, proved a splendid venue, where, surrounded by the art collection of this highly respected National Art Museum, fifteen of South Africa’s top young classical musicians filled the auditorium and gallery with music of a standard seldom heard under one roof in South Africa.
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