National Symphony Youth Orchestra, NSYO
Since beginning his term as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in January 2022, Jun Märkl has drawn experience from international youth music initiatives and incorporated the merits of young musicians training systems from various countries and orchestras to establish a National Symphony Youth Orchestra (NSYO) tailored to the characteristics of Taiwan.
During winter and summer vacations each year, the NSYO recruits exceptional young musicians from Taiwan and abroad to participate in intensive training courses and rehearsals. The orchestra also invites internationally renowned musicians to join the NSYO on tour and in concert. The NSYO is formed for the first time in July 2023, with Music Director Jun Märkl as conductor. Märkl will guide more than one hundred young musicians through rehearsals at the Miaobei Art Center before they showcase their accomplishments in performances at the Miaobei Art Center, Nantou Cultural Center, Taitung Art and Culture Center, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and National Concert Hall in Taipei.
NSYO shall serve as a cultural ambassador for Taiwan, focusing on Taiwan but also looking to the world. It is our aim to solidify Taiwan's place in the global network of classical music, and to open up future possibilities for young musicians in Taiwan to explore the international music scene.
2024 NSYO Winter Application
Dates: January 22 to 30, 2024; including rehearsals and concert tour around Taiwan
Rehearsal Venue: Miaobei Art Center
Concert Tour Venues: Miaobei Art Center, Xinying Cultural Center Performance Hall (Tainan), Music Hall of Pingtung County Performing Arts Center (Pintung)
Conductor: Mei-Ann Chen
Piano: Jon Kimura Parker
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Florence Price: 'Nimble Feet' from Dances in the Canebrakes
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43
Date of birth from January 1, 1999 to January 1, 2012
Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass
Flute & Piccolo, Oboe, Clarinet& E-flat clarinet*, Bassoon
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba
* Optional Instrument
Due by 17:00 on Friday, September 15, 2023.
Fill out the application form completely.
Application fee: NT$500; will received email for the transfer information after completion the application form, and should be down within three working days.
Applicants under 18 years old by the September 15, 2023, must submit a letter of consent from their guardian. (Please see attachment below)
Applicants must prepare a 5-minute excerpt from a solo piece or concerto, with or without piano accompaniment.
On-site auditions will be held from October 8 to 9 2023 in Taipei and October 10 in Kaohsiung. Details will follow.
Those who cannot attend an on-site audition may submit a video recording for their audition. Video audition: recordings must be one continuous take; no editing is allowed.
Please state your name and instrument at the start of the recording. Upload your completed recording to YouTube, set visibility to "Unlisted", and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org before September 29, 2023. You may submit the application from first.
To be announced on November 10, 2023. Selected applicants will be notified by November 17, 2023.
NT$22,000 (includes rehearsal tuition, accommodation during rehearsal and tour period, three meals daily during rehearsal period and concerts, and transportation for concert tour)
Grant Aid and Scholarship
A grant can be specially provided by NSO to those in need.
Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra
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