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Apply Junior Orchestra 2017

Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra Applications 2017

The Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO) is an international orchestral training programme for 15 to 18 year olds set in the heart of the Swiss Alps and aimed at providing one of the most intense musical experiences available to young musicians today.  The 2017 programme will run from 16 July to 6 August 2017 and will include 3 performance opportunities on the Verbier Festival’s main stage, the Salle des Combins: 27 July (at 4pm), 29 July (at 4pm) and 5 August, 2017 (at 2pm).

The Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra is a programme, which is free of charge for all accepted participants. Only travel, pocket money, health insurance and visa costs will be at the participant’s expense.

The programme is open to musicians aged 15 to 18 during the dates of the 2017 Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (i.e. 16 July to 6 August 2017, inclusive). Applications are administered online through the website Acceptd.  There are 2 options to apply for the programme: you may either submit your documents exclusively online (including video excerpts) or you may request a live audition.  In either case please start the process by submitting a written application on the Acceptd website (and then either sign up for an audition date or submit the required audition video online).

Application periods
– Live auditions: 4 November 2016 – 3 January 2017
– Video auditions: 4 November 2016 – 27 February 2017

Application fee: $25.00 USD

Auditions will take place from mid-January until the beginning of March in the following cities: Budapest, Cologne, Geneva, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris, Stockholm, Zürich.

Applications are administered online through the website Acceptd
In order to start the application process, please click this link and follow the instructions on the left hand side under “Start an Application”.

Audition Dates

Madrid – 10 January
Auditorio Nacional de Música

Zürich – 13 & 14 January
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste

Geneva – 15, 17-19 January
Haute école de musique de Genève

Budapest – 20 & 21 January
Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Paris – 24-26 January

Stockholm – 30 & 31 January
The Royal College of Music

Köln – 1-3 February
Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln

New York – 12 – 16 February

Moscow – 3 March
Gnessin State Music College

Please note that for scheduling reasons your final audition date and time will be confirmed to you by email between 7 and 10 January 2017.

Special cases

PERCUSSION: Please note that live auditions for percussion will only be held in Geneva, New York and Zürich. Percussion players who cannot attend these auditions have to submit an application video on Acceptd by 27 February 2017.

Junior Orchestra membership requirements & conditions

Auditions are open to applicants aged 15 to 18 during the dates of the 2017 Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra program, i.e from 16 July to 6 August 2017, inclusive.

We encourage applicants of all nationalities to apply for participation in the orchestra.

Musicians who successfully apply are admitted for one year. They can be re-invited thereafter, but re-invitations are not automatic.

Musicians selected to become members of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO), whether minors or adults, will be required to sign an agreement with the “Fondation du Verbier Festival”, accepting the rules of the VFJO.

The Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra is a programme, which is free of charge for all accepted participants. Only travel, pocket money, health insurance and visa costs will be at the participant’s expense.

Video auditions instructions

For applicants not able to attend live auditions, you also have the option of uploading a video on Acceptd.

Please read carefully the following points before starting your application:

  •  Register on Acceptd and create your profile.
  • Create your audition video. Instructions on how to make a great audition video can be found in this tutorial.
  • In a matter of introduction please present yourself and your instrument and answer to these two questions:
    Why do you apply for the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra?
    Describe one of your best musical experience.
  • Please take into account the size of the room and its reverb as well as your distance to the camera: the more reverb in the room, the closer you have to be to the camera (which should be at least 3 meters/10 feet).
  • IMPORTANT: listen to your recording to check that it is what you want the jury to hear.
  • Please note that you have to play all the pieces and the orchestral excerpts straight through in the order listed. The recording has to be made in one shot, similar to a live audition.
  • The recording of the 2 solo pieces should not exceed 3 minutes per piece (typically the exposition of the concerto or sonata) and piano accompaniment is optional for all pieces.
  • Choose “Video application” in the dropdown menu “Audition city”.
  • Upload your video.
  • Please note that once you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you cannot go back to your profile and upload your video.

For all video auditions, the deadline for submitting your full application, uploading your video and paying the application fee is 27 February 2017.

Repertoire

Should you opt to apply via live auditions, please note that all works will be played WITHOUT PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT, even if the original work has accompaniment

Violin  Download excerpts

Solo                                        Two works of contrasting style

Dvorak                                  Symphony No. 6 / 1st violin / 1st mvt letter E to F

Symphony No. 6 / 1st violin / 4th mvt letter K to L

Strauss                                  Don Juan / 1st violin / page 1

Viola  Download excerpts

Solo                                        Two works of contrasting style

Shostakovitch                      Symphony n.5 / 1rst mvt  #15 to 17

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin / Act 2 / 8 bars before letter O to Q

Dvorak                                   Symphony No. 6 / 3rd mvt from the double bar for 40 bars and 4th mvt  from bar 1 to B

Cello   Download excerpts

Solo                                        Two works of contrasting style

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin / 1st page from letter N

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin / 2nd page from the dolce

Beethoven                            Symphony No. 5 / 2nd mvt. beginning until C (3 smaller excerpts within the excerpt: bars 1-10, 49-59 and 98-106)

Double Bass  Download excerpts

Solo                                        A movement of solo Bach (without repeats)

Beethoven                            Symphony No. 5 / 3rd mvt. beginning to 5 after letter A

Brahms                                 Symphony No. 2 / 1st mvt. letter E to F

Dvorak                                  Symphony No. 6 / 4th mvt beginning to 30 bars after letter A

Flute   Download excerpts

Solo                                       Mozart Concerto in G major, first movement exposition

One work of contrasting style

Brahms                               Symphony No. 4 / 4th mvt. bar 89 to 105

Beethoven                          Leonore Overture No 3 / bar 328 to 360

Dvorak                                Symphony No. 6 / II. mvt. bar 160-169

Piccolo (optional)      Download excerpts    

Hindemith                           Nobilissima Visione / II Marsch und Pastorale

Oboe   Download excerpts

Solo                                       Mozart Concerto, first movement exposition

One work of contrasting style

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin / letter G (scene 9, oboe 1)

Brahms                                 Violin Concerto / 2nd mvt. bar 3 to 32

Ravel                                     Tombeau de Couperin, Prélude, beginning to #2, and #8 to #9

Clarinet  Download excerpts

Solo                                       Mozart Concerto, first movement exposition

One work of contrasting style

Mendelssohn                       Midsummer Night’s Dream / Scherzo beginning to B

Tchaikovsky                         Symphony No 6 / 1st mvt T to 11 after T and 3rd mvt 2 before H to 1

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin Nr.17. Lenski Aria, from measure 10 until double bar

Tchaikovsky                         Eugene Onegin Nr. 20, from letter N (Lîstesso Tempo) until letter O

Bassoon  Download excerpts

Solo                                       Mozart Concerto, first movement exposition

One work of contrasting style

Mozart                                   Marriage of Figaro Overture / bar 139 to 171

Brahms                                 Violin Concerto / 2nd mvt 2nd Bassoon Beginning to bar 22

Tchaikovsky                         Symphony No 4 / 2nd mvt  ending solo

Horn   Download excerpts

Solo                                       Any Mozart Horn concerto, first movement exposition

One work in contrasting style

Beethoven                            Symphony No. 9 / 3rd mvt,: 4th horn solo

Tchaikovsky                         Symphony No. 5 / 2nd mvt. beginning until bar 28

Strauss                                  Heldenleben / Horn 1, bars 1 – 17

Trumpet  Download excerpts

Solo                                       Haydn or Hummel Trumpet Concerto, first movement exposition

One work in contrasting style

Dvorak                                   Symphony No 6 / 1st  trumpet: 1st mvt 20 bars from 15 bars after K

Donizetti                                Don Pasquale / II. act opening solo (No. 5. Preludio) from the 5th bar until 4 bars after reh. number 1

Stravinsky                             Petroushka Balerina’s dance / reh number 134 to 139

Trombone  Download excerpts

Solo                                       Concerto of your choice, first movement exposition

One work in contrasting style

Mozart                                   Requiem  / Tuba Mirum

Berlioz                                   Damnation of Faust / Hungarian March

Rossini                                  William Tell

Tuba   Download excerpts

Berlioz                                  Symphonie Fantastique, mvmt IV, 56 to 6 bars after 57

Strauss                                 Till Eulenspiegels

Stravinsky                           Petruschka, 100 to 101

Mahler                                 Symphony No 2, mvmt V

Wagner                                Walküre, tuba call

Percussion

Timpani   Download excerpts

Beethoven                            Symphony no. 9 / 1st mvt. 19th measure after R to the end

Mozart                                   Symphony no. 39  / opening 6 bars

Snare Drum   Download excerpts

Rimsky-Korsakov                Scheherezade  / 3rd mvt. letter D-E and 4th mvt. letter P-R

Xylophone   Download excerpts

Gershwin                              Porgy and Bess / Introduction between rehearsal numbers 13-15

Please note that live auditions for percussion will only be held in Geneva, New York and Zürich. Percussion players who cannot attend these auditions have to submit an application video on Acceptd by 27 February 2017.

Our ambassadors are all current or former members of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Located all over the world, they are available to answer to your questions about applications, auditions or to share about their personal orchestral experience within the VFJO. Feel free to contact your local ambassador, he will be pleased to help you !

Nicolas Bernal Montaña

ES EN

Colombia, Medelin

Violin

Çiğdem Tunçelli

FR EN DE TR

Switzerland, Lausanne

Violin

Pingping Zhang

ZH EN

China, Beijing

Cello

Natalie Loughran

EN

USA, Princeton, New Jersey

Viola

Gabriel Esteban

EN FR ES

Switzerland, Geneva