2019 CONFERENCE: Developing Amateur Orchestras: Models and Trends

PROGRAMME (download the programme in pdf format)

Friday 15 March
3.00pm – Registration at SNYO Studios
3.30pm – 5.00pm –General Assembly Preparation Meeting and Networking Session
6.00pm – Pre-concert welcome dinner for delegates (courtesy of WFAO) 7.30pm (optional) – SSO-SNYO side-­by-side concert with Andrew Litton and Ray Chen – Esplanade Concert Hall

Saturday 16 March
9.30am – 5.00pm – Conference: Developing Amateur Orchestras: Models and Trends
8.00pm (optional) – SCO-SNYCO side-­by-­side concert, Singapore Conference Hall

Sunday, 17 March
9.30am – Member presentations (10 mins each)
10.30am – 12.00pm – WFAO 2019 General Assembly
2.00pm (optional) – City Sights / Tour

CONFERENCE FEES* (in Singapore Dollars)
S$120 (for WFAO members) S$200 (for non-­‐WFAO members)
S$120 (for Singapore delegates attending conference on 16 March only)

  • The conference fee does not include concert tickets for 15 and 16
  • The conference fee includes lunch on the 16


* Concert ticket for 15 March: S$42 Concert ticket for 16 March: S$28
+ WFAO members who have paid the regular membership dues.


The official conference hotel is Mercure Bugis.

Please visit the website address at this link to find out about hotel reservation information.


Conference participants interested in presenting their orchestra model (not more than 30 minutes including Q&A) on 16 March will need to submit their presentation by 31 January 2019. There will be a framework given for the presentation in order to allow for a basis for comparison.

Member presentations (10-­15 minutes each) will be scheduled on 17 March.


Deadline for registration is 31 January 2019.

For further information, please visit www.snyo.org.sg/wfao2019 after 7 November 2018. You may also write to the WFAO 2019 Conference secretariat at wfao2019@sso.org.sg.

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IMC is an NGO official partner of UNESCO (associate status)

Activities in Europe

From Europe we received the full text of the presentation from European Spirit Youth Orchestra

The European Spirit of Youth Orchestras (ESYO) under the direction of the Slovenian-born conductor and violonist Igor Coretti-Kuret is composed with young musicians from more than 20 different nationalities, amongst them many from Balkan countries and eastern European countries.

Igor Coretti-Kuret is also engaged with the Orchestra de la Pace in Bosnia Herzegovina. One of their projects is called Tamburi di Pace, together with journalist and actor Paolo Rumiz. The full presentation of Igor Coretti-Kuret is on the website and many videos are on Youtube.

The extensive story of Estonian National Youth Symphony and the Estonian Association of YouthOrchestras has been presented by Jüri-Ruut Kangur and Tönno Piigli.

Jüri-Ruut Kangur is the founder-conductor of the Estonial National Youth Orchestra but he is also conductor of several choirs, composer, organiser and many more things.

Some other presentations from Europe

Jugend Sinfonie Orkester Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland) presented by Gerhard Müller, director of the Conservatoire of Bern

– Vilnius Symphony orchestra (history/activities) by Vilma Misiukoniené, a passionate amateur musician, who is professionally active in various fields such as the crypto economy, EU and Public Affairs, Digital Policies, Women Empowerment, and so on.

And some general subjects

– Music for democracy and Women Empowerment in third countries by Vilma Misiukoniené

– Crypto Economy for Arts & Media promotion by Vilma Misiukoniené

Presentations from Europe

Igor Coretti – Italy

ESYO Presentazione BERGEN

European Spirit of Youth Orchestra

Igor Coretti (Kuret)

Jüri-Ruut Kangur/Tõnno Piigli – Estonia

ENYSO and ESOL presentation

ENYSO 2016-2018

Lucas Pairon – Belgium


List of illustrating videos


Paolo Rumiz, Igor Coretti Kuret e European Spirit of Youth Orchestra – 29 luglio2017

Tamburi di pace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhOSidQTql4

Per l’Appia la regina delle Strade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxER_jXXhCg

Alpe di Campogrosso


Daminiano al Colle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EM1gRIA2UQ

2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W19gcqhXEOg

Symphony of the Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJmu7ER0INA

At the conference more presentations has been made, on orchestra activities in Europe and China and on more general items as  for example on women empowerment linked with music activities in third countries and crypto economy for arts and media promotion, but no abstracts or full presentations are availableThe conference ended with a video on 20 years WFAO. 

Activities in Africa

– Under the title “Eclairages”, La musique symphonique en Tunisie, the renown musician and director Féthi Zghonda, outlines the history and the actual situation of symphonic orchestras in Tunisia. The text originally written in French, is also available in English.Presentations from Africa

– The executive director of the Accra Symphony Orchestra from Ghana, Korkor Armateifio, has dedicated a lot of energy in the African creative industry in general. She presents the exciting story of the Accra Symphony Orchestra.

Jessica Ester a superb young violin-player from Mozambique presents the unique Project Xiquitsi(http://xiquitsi.org.mz/).

Although we don’t have the full-presentation, we ought to give attention to the numerous orchestra activities in Kenya and their social impact, presented by Professor Duncan Miano Wambugu, Lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance at  the Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He is a also a famous performer, conductor and educator. You can find the abstract of his presentation and his short bio on our website.

I want also to mention that I had the pleasure to meet Brian O’Kepher, a young Kenyan musician,last year at the SICO-festival in Seoul. Although he was not present in Bergen I wanted to show his activities as an example of the many more musical talents in Africa.

All different stories from different corners of Africa. With one common line, their love to share playing music in an orchestra. Below I have listed some references videos on YouTube, which illustrates the inspired work. But, please, don’t limit yourself to my selection, there are many more videos to discover.

Presentations on activities in Africa

Féthi Zghonda, Tunisia

La musique symphonique en Tunisie (Francais)

Symphonic music in Tunisia (English)

Accra Symphony Orchestra, Ghana


Project Xiquitsi, Mozambique

Project Xiquitsi

Duncan Miano Wambugu – Kenya



List of illustrating videos from Africa

Here are some suggestions but if you take some time you can find many more.

From Tunisia:

Not only videos of well-known repertoire but also new original scores written by Tunisiancomposers, which makes it even more attractive to watch.






From Ghana and Accra Symphony Orchestra





From Mozambique:



From Kenya:

It is hard to make a selection of the videos from numerous orchestras in Kenya.

You can find work by the Nairobi Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, the University of Nairobi Orchestra , the Safaricom Youth orchestra and Safaricom Choir.

Kenya National Anthem – National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0azCnMWJI

National Youth Orchestra of Kenya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8VgnWV6RtU

National Youth Orchestra of Kenya performing Hifadhi by Kenyan composer Njane Mugambi , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x1zMDaSGcg

Rehearsal of Pole Musa directed by KNYO Deputy Musical Director Levi Wataka, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upn1GhI_WIQ

Safaricom Youth Orchestra presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqrSjUP0ZFs

Safaricom Youth Orchestra and Safaricom Choir https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgf6BawA7_c

University of Nairobi Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAyFLrWD3Ao

Nairobi Orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD6IgIKLIT0

National Anthem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEErr_8Ck_Y

Mendelssohn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_zIitMPSfU

Strauss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6wjqDZpKqg

And some extra videos with Brian O’Kepher, as a prove of his talent.

Brian O’Kepher with Ivan Fischer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBzq1FHaPLo

My life conducting an orchestra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6k8BtNumxmI

Dvorak 9, 2nd movement https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV3cLSAdUBw

Conference reports

The conference on “Orchestra activities in developing countries”, organized by WFAO and hosted by The 11th European Orchestra Festival, was a great success. We had participants from 19 different countries, and from five different continents, attending the conference. We are thankful for the cooperation with EOFed, UNOF and NASOL, and grateful for their assistance in making the conference happen.

Many of the presenters have contributed with written material, that we want to publish on our websites. Please enjoy this exciting content, and feel free to share and to get inspired by all these fantastic orchestra development around the globe.

Continue reading “Conference reports”

Bergen Conference Time Table

Friday, May 11, 2018
09:30 Register and first introduction. Welcome by Daniel Kellerhals and Alex Van Beveren
10:00 Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries (session 1)
Orchestra activities in Nepal, Alex van Beveren and Carl Ninian Wika
Music for democracy and Women Empowerment in third countries, Vilma Misiukoniené
Orchestra Activities in Kenya, Duncan Miano Wambugu
12:00 Visit to workshops
13:00 End of session 1

15:00 Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries (session 2)
Orquesta Filarmónica De Río Negro (Argentina), Martin Fraile
Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, Juan Andrés Rojas Castillo
Developing the Orchestra in Each Rehearsal. Conducting Strategies to
develop Youth and Semi-Professional Orchestras, Diego Barbosa-Vásquez
18:00 End of session 2

Saturday, May 12, 2018
09:30 Presentations on youth orchestras and exchange programs
Bejing Philharmonic Culture Exchange, Quingdao-festival, Liu Zheng and Teng Dandan
Singapore National Youth Orchestra and amateur orchestras in Singapore, Siu Yuin Pang
re:SOUND Collective Chamber Orchestra (Singapore), Olive Kan
European Spirit Youth Orchestra and Youth
Orchestra of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Igor Coretti-Kuret
Vilnius Symphony Orchestra (history/activities), Vilma Mislukoniené
Estonian Nat Youth Sy and Estonian Sy Orch Association, Tönno Piigli
Jugend Sinfonie Orkester Konservatorium Bern (Switzerland), Gerhard Müller
Crypto Economy for Arts & Media Promotion, Vilma Mislukoniené
12:00 Visit to workshops or Visit to Grieg museum at Troldhaugen

16:00 Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries (session 3)
Music Fund, support music activity in conflict areas, Lukas Pairon
Syrian Expat Orchestra, Raed Jazbeh
18:00 End of session 4

Sunday, May 13, 2018
09:00 Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries (session 4)
Recapitulation of presentations on the main theme
10:00 World Federation of Amateur Orchestras 20 years, Kikuko Morishita
10:30 Future plans
11:00 End of Conference