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Apply to the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra

Applications to all Verbier Festival Artist Training Programmes are submitted through the Acceptd on-line platform. Read information about how to submit an application under the tabs below.

Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra musicians may submit an application by video audition or choose to audition live in Berlin, Cologne, Geneva, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris or Zurich. Live auditions take place from mid-January to early March 2018.

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Who Should Apply

Applicants of any nationality who will be aged 15 to 18 on 1 July 2018 may apply to be a member of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO).

Musicians are invited to become members of the Orchestra for one edition of the Verbier Festival. They may be re-invited three times; these re-invitations are not guaranteed. To be re-invited, musicians must be aged 18 or younger on the last day of the festival (6 August 2018).

Successful candidates, whether minors or adults, are required to sign an agreement with the Fondation du Verbier Festival, thereby committing to the entire Verbier Festival Orchestra summer session from 15 July to 6 August 2018, and accepting all rules of the VFJO.

Deadlines

Live Audition Applications
17 December 2017

Video Audition Applications
21 January 2018

Important Information for Double Bass and Percussion

Double Bass
Video audition only

Percussion
LIve auditions will be held only in Geneva, New York and Zurich.

Fees & Costs

Application Fee
$25 US

Live Audition Expenses
Applicants are responsible for their own expenses related to live auditions (travel, accommodation, etc.)

Costs for Successful Candidates
There is no tuition fee charged to successful canadidates.  Musicians are responsible only for their travel to and from Verbier, pocket money, health insurance and visa costs (if applicable).

Live Auditions

You will be notified of your live audition date and time by email no later than 23 December 2017. Should you already know that you are unavailable on a particular date, please inform the VFJO team. While the Orchestras team does its best to accommodate scheduling requests, it cannot guarantee that all requests can be met.

Please note:  Dates and venues are subject to change; do not book your travel or accommodation before receiving confirmation of your audition.

Berlin
1, 2 & 3 February 2018

Cologne
9, 10 & 11 February

Geneva
22 & 23 January

Madrid
11 January

Moscow
13 & 14 January

New York
27 February – 4 March

Paris
14, 15 & 16 February

Zurich
25, 26 & 27 January

Video Auditions

If you are submitting an application by video audition, please read the following guidelines:

  • 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.
  • Please take into account the size of the room and its acoustic as well as your distance from the camera: the more reverb in the room, the closer you should be to the camera (usually 3 metres or 10 feet).
  • IMPORTANT: listen to your recording to check that it is what you want the jury to hear.
  • Please note that you must perform all the works/orchestral excerpts listed under the ‘Audition Repertoire’ tab on this page.  You must play the works as if you were giving a live audition (i.e. straight-through in the order listed). The recording must be made in one shot, without cuts or edits.
  • The recording of the two solo works should be approximately three minutes’ duration each (typically the exposition of the concerto or sonata); piano accompaniment is optional. Please choose a place which makes musical sense to stop; recordings that are slightly longer than three minutes are acceptable.
  • Once you are ready to upload your recordings, choose ‘Video Audition’ in the application’s ‘Audition City’ dropdown menu.
  • Upload the video.
  • Once you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you cannot return to your profile to upload a video.

Audition Repertoire

The repertoire requirements for 2018 applications/auditions will be posted soon.

Ambassadors

Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra Ambassadors include members or former members of the Orchestra from around the world. They are available to answer your questions about the application procedure or auditions and are happy to share information about their experiences as part of the VFJO.  We are now confirming our Ambassadors for 2018. Please visit this page again soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

I will be younger than 15 or older than 18 on 1 July 2018
We do not accept applications from candidates younger or older than the stated requirements.  Musicians aged 18 to 28 may consider the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Musicians aged 18 may choose to apply to either or both the VFO or/and VFJO.

When will my live audition be scheduled?
Visit the ‘Live Auditions’ tab on this page for a list of cities and dates.  You will be notified of your assigned date and time by email no later than 23 December 2017.

I already know that I’m not available on the day planned for my preferred audition city.  What shall I do?
Should you already know that you are unavailable on a particular date, please inform the VFJO team, While the Orchestras team does its best to accommodate scheduling requests, it cannot guarantee that all requests can be met.

Is priority given to either live or video audition applicants?
Priority is not given to those who audition live.  However, we recommend auditioning live in order for the jury to meet you in person.

Does the quality of sound for video applications matter that much?
Yes, the sound quality is of great importance for your video audition.  Please read the ‘Video Audition’ tab on this page.

Can my CV be in a language other than English?
Yes, we accept CVs in English, French, German or Spanish.

Do I need to record my video with or without the score/sheet music?
You may record your video with the score/sheet music.

Other Questions
Please email:
VFJO team