Baroque orchestra scholarships offered at Vadstena in Sweden

Vadstena-Akademien announces selections for a production next Summer

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The prestigious Vadstena-Akademien – hosted in the scenic Vadstena Castle on the shores of Lake Vättern – has over the years fulfilled an important role in bringing to new life forgotten masterpieces of the Baroque opera. Along this lines, for the Summer of 2018 the performance program features a pastiche based on the so-called Narva-Baletten, the grandiose show staged in Stockholm in 1701 to celebrate the military victory by Karl XII at Narva. Recently, scholars have identified among the composers, besides the Swede Anders von Düben (1673-1738) to whom hitherto the full work was attributed, also the French Jean Desfontaines (1658-1752) as well as Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687).

The new production  Solen och Nordstjärnan (Sun and North Star) joins in the homage the Sun King and Karl XII by combining material from the original ballet with a comic intermezzo by Molière and Lully. The performance will be produced with stage and choreographic direction by Karin Modigh assisted by Lena Cederwall Broberg and Adrian Navarro. The musical direction is entrusted to Dan Laurin with Anna Paradiso Laurin as cembalo accompanist.

Scholarships for the Baroque orchestra

For the instrumental ensemble (pitch A=Hz 415) scholarships are been offered for the following roles:

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Violin modern or Baroque instrument
Violin w. obl. Viola (or viceversa) modern or Baroque instrument
Viola modern or Baroque instrument
Double bass playing continuo, modern or Baroque instrument
Recorder Baroque instrument required
Oboe Baroque instrument required
Bassoon playing continuo, Baroque instrument required
Lute playing continuo
Harpsichord playing continuo

Candidates should have a strong interest in historically informed Baroque orchestra performance practice. For bowed instruments however, previous experience on Baroque instruments may be an advantage but is not necessary.

The application form, filled according to the official regulations, should be delivered not later than 20 February 2018 to the address apply@vadstena-akademien.org.  Selected candidates will receive scholarships that consist in a contribution to the cost of food and accommodation. Rehearsals and performances will be in the period 30 June –  8 August (for continuo players) or 4 July – 8 August (for all the others).

Info: Terese Lindström – terese@vadstena-akademien.org
Webpage: vadstena-akademien.org

Orchestra training course with historical instruments in the U.S.A.

Oregon Bach Festival announces a selection for young musicians who will take part in three concert programs during Summer 2016

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Oregon Bach Festival website has announced a selection for the 2016 training course in historical instruments orchestra (baroque and classical era) at Berwick Academy (University of Oregon). Young musicians between the ages of 21 and 35 who actively study and perform in period practice may apply for the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • Clarinet
  • Bassoon
  • Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Timpani

Selected candidates will take part in training activities and concerts in the period from 15 June and 6 July 2016, with tuition and all expenses for board and accommodation paid; travel expenses to and from the course location are not covered. These are the programs of the concerts that will feature the orchestra:

  • Program 1: A concert of late Classical era works including symphonies by Mendelssohn and Schubert and the Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 1, Eric Hoeprich, clarinet, Matthew Halls, conductor
  • Program 2: Keyboardist Robert Levin conducts and performs repertory from the peak of the Classical era featuring works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Haydn.
  • Program 3: The final concert features conductor and violinist Rachel Podger in a baroque program still to be announced.

The deadline for applications (by filling the form on the Festival website) is 2 November. In order to ensure the widest participation at the international level, selections will be made by video: candidates must send a link to a YouTube clip containing a performance of two contrasting movements or pieces played on a historically appropriate instrument tuned to A=415 or 430. The application must also enclose a letter of recommendation from a university, institution, or other professional reference.

For more info:
e-mail – berwickacademy@uoregon.edu
webpage – oregonbachfestival.com

Academia Montis Regalis auditions for its 22nd Classical & Baroque Orchestra Course

Scholarships will be awarded to study at Mondovì in 2015

Up to 21 october it’s possible to apply for the selections that will take place on 21 and 22 november 2014 at Mondovì (Northern Italy). Candidates must be born after 1st January 1982 and will compete for 13 scholarships offered for the following instruments:

  • 7 violins
  • 2 violas da braccio
  • 2 cellos
  • 1 double bass
  • 1 harpsichord

Candidates must play on a baroque instrument with gut strings and appropriate bow, tuned at A = 415 Hz. A Continuo accompanist will be supplied by the Academia on request.

The course – held by Olivia Centurioni, Alessandro De Marchi, Ophelie Gaillard,Thibault Noally and Luigi Mangiocavallo  – will take place between March and August 2015, subdivided in five study sessions – each lasting from five to sixteen days – held at monthly intervals with a final concert for each session. Selected candidates will be awarded a gross sum of 2000,00 euros, plus boarding during the study sessions and a contribution towards travel expenses.

The offical notice in Italian and English is available at this link: www.academiamontisregalis.it

Accademia Montis Regalis auditions for its 21st Classical & Baroque Orchestra Course

Scholarships will be awarded to study at Mondovì in 2014

Montis RegalisUp to 21 octtober it’s possible to apply for the selections that will take place on 12 and 13 november 2013 at Mondovì (Northern Italy). Candidates must be born before 1st January 1981 and will compete for 13 scholarships offered for the following instruments:

  • 8 violins
  • 2 violas da braccio
  • 2 cellos
  • 1 double bass

Candidates must bring a baroque instrument with gut strings and appropriate bow, tuned at A = 415 Hz. A Continuo accompanist will be supplied by the Accademia on request.

The course – held by Olivia Centurioni and Alessandro De Marchi – will take place between March and August 2014 and will be subdivided in five study sessions – each lasting from five to sixteen days – held at monthly intervals, with a final concert for each session. Successful candidates will be awarded a gross sum of 2000.00 euros, plus boarding during the study sessions and a contribution towards travel expenses.

The offical notice in Italian and English is available at this link: www.academiamontisregalis.it

At Mondovì (Italy) the 20th Baroque and Classical Orchestra Training Course selections

Academia Montis Regalis will award 13 scholarships for young players

On November 9th and 10th 2012 the town of Mondovì (near Cuneo in Piedmont) will host the selections for the 20th Baroque and Classical Orchestra training course organized by Fondazione Academia Montis Regalis Onlus, that will admit 7 violin, 2 viola da braccio, 2 cello, 1 double bass and e 1 harpsichord players. Candidates must have a Conservatory diploma and be born after January 1st 1980. Those that will be selected to attend the course – that will be subdivided in 5 study periods of one week per month between March and July 2013 – will be awarded a scholarship of €2.000 (before taxes), free board for all study periods and a grant toward travel expenses. The courses will be taught by Luigi Mangiocavallo, Olivia Centurioni, Amandine Beyer, Enrico Onofri, Alessandro De Marchi. At the end of the course the best participants may be called to fill vacant chairs in the Orchestra of the Academia Montis Regalis for concert and recording activities during the season 2013-2014.

The brochure with information about how to apply – before the deadline of October 21st – and the audition programs is available on the webpage of the Accademia Montis Regalis. Candidates for bowed instruments must perform on a baroque instrument with gut strings and period bow, tuned to A = 415 Hz.

Info: Fondazione Academia Montis Regalis Onlus
via Francesco Gallo, 3 – 12084 Mondovì Piazza (CN)
tel./fax +39 0174 46351
e-mail: segreteria@academiamontisregalis.it