Session open to the finest young classical musicians coming from conservatories, academies, universities and higher music institutes of the Mediterranean basin.
The symphonic session of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) is designed to future professional classical musicians from the Mediterranean. This training session offers an intercultural experience of the orchestra life in rehearsals, concert and on tour within the stimulating frame of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. It provides a high-level musical training where young musicians can benefit from the coaching of experimented artists while working some symphonic repertoire's masterpieces under the baton of young and talented conductor Duncan Ward, nominated as Musical Director since 2020. The pedagogical coaching of this session is also entrusted to musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. Every year, almost 600 musicians apply to one of our audition organized in about twenty cities of the Mediterranean where some 100 young talents are selected.
From 7 to 24 July 2023
Musical Director — Duncan Ward
Associate Conductor — Quentin Hindley
Pedagogical coaching — London Symphony Orchestra
Betsy Jolas — A Little Summer Suite
Jacques Ibert — Escales
MYO – Medinea Session — Collective Creation
Gamal Abdel Rahim — Variations on an Egyptian Folktune
Camille Saint-Saëns — Concerto n°1 pour violoncelle — Cello: Camille Thomas
Maurice Ravel — La Valse
The MYO usually holds annual auditions in about twenty cities of the Mediterranean with the support of different partners leading national youth orchestras. It selects the finest classical musicians of the Mediterranean basin who are destined to work in orchestra.
AUDITIONS AND RECRUITMENTS ORGANISED IN PARTERSHIP WITH
ALBANIA University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy — ALGERIA National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM) — BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA Sarajevo Music Academy — CYPRUS Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra — CROATIA Zagreb Academy of Music — EGYPT Cairo Conservatory — FRANCE Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence, IESM Europe et Méditerranée, Pierre Barbizet Conservatory of Marseille, Conservatory of Grand Avignon, Pierre Cochereau Conservatory of Nice, CNSMDP — GREECE National Conservatory of Athens — ITALY Milan Conservatory — LEBANON Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut, Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of music — MONACO Music Academy Rainier III — MOROCCO National Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Art of Rabat (CNMAC) — PALESTINE Palestine Youth Orchestra (Edward Saïd Conservatory) — PORTUGAL Lisbon Higher School of Music — SLOVENIA Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana — SPAIN Joven Orquesta Nacional de España — TUNISIA Higher Institute of Music of Tunis — TURKEY Miam Center for advanced studies in music
Musicians between 16 and 26 years old (on 31th July 2023), living or from the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Egypt, Spain, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey.
Instruments for the 2023 training session
Violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes (including piccolo), oboes (including English horn), clarinets (including E-flat clarinet and bass clarinet), bassoons (including contrabassoons), French horns, trumpets, trombones (including bass trombone), tubas, piano (and celesta), percussions, harps.
Musical level required
The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra is looking for very high-level classical musicians, completing their graduate studies in one of the countries of the Mediterranean basin, and destined to become professional musicians. An initial musical experience in orchestra is required.
During the auditions, candidates must present themselves to the jury by having prepared:
- the compulsory orchestral extracts (to play without any musical accompaniment - no piano, etc.):
Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute | Piccolo | Oboe (English horn) | Clarinet (little and bass clarinet) | Bassoon (contra bassoon) | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone (including bass trombone) | Tuba | Snare drum | Harp
- the compulsory orchestral extracts for piano / Application by video only
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- a piece of her / his own choosing (no accompaniment - no piano, etc.)
The audition will last maximum 15 minutes, including a short interview.
Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in their instrument and in orchestra music (compulsory orchestral extracts).
Help with audition preparation
As part of its Medinea On Air programme, the Medinea Network offers a series of videos in which candidates can find many tips for preparing for their audition.
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FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The MYO covers all the tuition, accommodation, meals and travels fees of the participants of the 2023 symphonic session in France and on tour.
However, the MYO will not cover the costs of the applicants related to auditions.
HELP & INFORMATION
Mathilde Lamy - email@example.com
In some specific cases, the MYO will be very pleased to consider a video-application if there is no audition in some applicants’ Mediterranean countries (for example: Syria, Lybia, etc.) and, if the musician has not any possibility of travel and meet the jury in one auditions’ venue. If you are resident of one country which hosts an audition, please note that the MYO will always favor the musicians (of an equivalent level) who made the effort to travel to pass the audition.
HOW TO PROCESS?
To proceed to the video application, please follow these compulsory steps:
- Complete our registration form online
- Add your 2 video-links
- Video recording of the complete orchestral extracts (see the paragraphe AUDITION TEST)
- Video recording of the piece of your own choosing without piano accompaniment (see the paragraphe AUDITION TEST)
APPLICATION DEADLINE — 30th March 2023
DATES AND LOCATIONS OF AUDITIONS, REGISTRATION PROCEDURES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES BY COUNTRY
Information communicated gradually. Log in regularly to find out what auditions are available in your country.
Last update: 28/02/2023
Thursday 9 march 2023 in University of Arts, Tirana
For registration, please contact: Bujar Sykja - firstname.lastname@example.org
For musicians from Montenegro, please contact: Amela Frljuckic - email@example.com
Thursday 16 march 2023 in Sarajevo Music Academy
For registration, please contact: Fuad Šetić - firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra. Any Cypriot candidate, who is not a member of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra, may nevertheless attend auditions in another country or apply online.
Friday 17 march 2023 in University of Zagreb, Academy of Music
For registration, please contact: Ema Proso Sepec - email@example.com
Thursday 19 january 2023 in Cairo Conservatory
Wednesday 7 December 2022 in Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (Salle Vinteuil)
Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 January 2023 in Darius Milhaud Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence
Wednesday 11 January 2023 in Conservatory of Nice
Thursday 12 January 2023 in Pierre Barbizet Conservatory of Marseille
Wednesday 25 January 2023 in Conservatory of Grand Avignon
Tuesday 7 march 2023 in National Conservatory of Athens
For registration, please contact: Mrs. Kyriaki Helioti and Mr Mihalis Konitopoulos - firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 00302105248304
Friday 16 December 2022 in Milan Conservatory
Tuesday 17 january 2023 in Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music and Ecole des Arts Ghassan Yammine
Friday 18 November 2022 in National Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Art of Rabat
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Palestine Youth Orchestra (Edward Said Conservatory). Any Palestinian candidate, who is not a member of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, can nevertheless attend auditions in another country or apply online.
Thursday 16 and Friday 17 february 2023 in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Saturday 18 march 2023 in University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music
For registration, please contact: Nina Podlipnik - email@example.com
Recruitment of musicians in cooperation with the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE). Any Spanish candidate, who is not part of the JONDE, can nevertheless appear at the auditions in another country or apply online.
Wednesday 1st february 2023 in Miam Center for advanced studies in Music, Istanbul