The SA National Youth Orchestra is hosting the What It Takes: Bassoon (7-9 October 2016) course with alumni Douglas Bull in Johannesburg.
Every What It Takes course is designed specifically to cater to the needs of the selected participants. The course covers many aspects of professional musicianship including audition preparation, marketing of yourself as a musician, posture/injury prevention, performing with an orchestra, music history related to your instrument and individual master classes from top professionals. It gives insight into solo, chamber and orchestral playing as well as teaching and other career options.
To apply for the course please fill in this online form. Application deadline is Friday, 16 September.
Douglas Bull was born in South Africa and started with bassoon lessons at the age of ten. He first studied with Prof. D. J. Jooste at the University of Potchefstroom and later with Prof. Klaus Thunemann in Berlin. In 1994 he was winner of the wind category of the ATKV Prelude Competition. During his studies he played as an ad hoc member in all the major symphony orchestras in South Africa and received numerous full scholarship bursaries. As soloist Douglas Bull has appeared with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra. In 1998 he obtained his Bachelor of Music degree Cum Laude and was the over all winner of the ATKV Forte competition. Douglas Bull has been the co-principal bassoonist of the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin since 2004.
Course fees will be R400.00. This will mainly go towards lunch and snacks during teatime.