Auditions are in January and February for all Nationals 2013 programmes
Thank you for your interest in attending the National Youth Orchestra Courses in 2013. At Nationals we strive for absolute quality music and we hope that, like many alumni from our programmes, it will be a life-changing experience for you that will last you through your musical career.Many of you have approached us for a deadline on applications. We have given the extension to 28 January.
Established in 1964, we are South Africa’s oldest youth orchestra and National Youth Orchestra members are the national team that represent an incredible youth orchestra movement that stretches from the Western Cape to Limpopo and everything in between. Alumni from our courses have gone on to play for internationally renowned orchestras, and their achievements bare testament to the ability of South African musicians to be exceptional and true ambassadors for our country.
As a participant, you will be part of the Nationals community and benefit from a range of programmes associated with our courses including opportunities for international music exchange, instrument repair courses, musician mentorship, arts administration internships and composition and conducting workshops.
With a rich mix of South African participants, and a faculty made up of renowned local and international music professionals, the National Youth Orchestra Foundation offers diversity that is worthy of celebration. The orchestra course experience is for young people interested in music, from grade 6 level to those just starting their professional careers.
After you apply we will confirm receipt via email and/or SMS within the week. Do not hesitate to contact us should you need further information. (Where applicants are unable to apply online they should contact us for hard copy application forms.)
We are proud of the orchestra course participants, each of whom contributes to the vitality of the National Youth Orchestra. We look forward to receiving your
application and hope to welcome you to our courses in 2013.
A big thank you to Sasol who have been a loyal supporter of the National Youth Orchestra since 1979. You make the magic possible!
The Nationals Team
Apply online – APPLICATIONS DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 28 January 2o13
19-29 June 2013 – Sasol Winter Course
5-15 December 2013 – Summer Course
You may apply online. In order to apply online you will need a working email address and your South African identity number, or, if you are an international applicant, your passport number.
If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the National Youth Orchestra offices on 0832722117 to request a hard-copy application form. Please put your name, instrument and music grade attained in the SMS, eg John Doe, clarinet, grade 8 Unisa
Here’s the Prep for Nationals 2012 video so that you can get a feel for what course is like:
1. Play an orchestral instrument
2. Be of at least Grade 6 level (Unisa, ABRSM, Trinity)
3. Be between the ages of 13-25 in 2013
Here is the link to apply online.
Travel: You are expected to get yourself to course. Auditions start on the first day of each course (be there before 12:00 please) and the course ends with our final concert in the evening on the last day of each course (most out-of-towners therefore leave on the morning of the day after the last day of course.)
South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch: Sandton 019205
Account number: 421 057 289
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ
Bursaries (based on financial need), scholarships (based on merit) and payment plans are available to make the course open to all who wish to attend. If you indicated that you required financial assistance, we will contact you to get the relevant information we need for the process.