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.

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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

Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries

The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras – WFAO will,
in collaboration with Norwegian Federation of Youth Orchestras – UNOF
& Norwegian Federation of Amateur Orchestras – NASOL

and in the frame of the 11th European Orchestra Festival of EOFed organize an International Conference as an

‘Introduction to Orchestra Activities in Developing Countries’

The seminar will consist of 2 parts:
“Introduction to Orchestra activities in developing countries”
Presentations by invited guests with follow-up discussion

“Presentations by the participants of their own activities”
Representatives of orchestras or orchestra-organisations will have the possibility to present their orchestra-activities

 

Download the flyer here

VIVERE LA MUSICA

AIMA (Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori – Italian Association of Amateur Musicians) was formed in Milan in 2012 to give amateur musicians the chance to play music together and to meet other people interested in doing the same and now is the biggest amateur music association in Italy. To celebrate its 5th birthday, Saturday 3 March 2018, AIMA will run an important event, open to all amateur musicians: VIVERE LA MUSICA (LIVE MUSIC, with live to be read as the imperative).

The event is divided into two parts: a round table on amateur music and a concert open to all musicians in the city, with special guest. There are three fundamental characteristics:

  • The initiative will take place with the collaboration and participation of the Culture Department of the City of Milan, which has agreed to endorse it.
  • VIVERE LA MUSIC will celebrate AIMA’s first five years of activity (aimamusic.it) and its surpassing the goal of 150 members now affiliated with the association.
  • 3 March 2018 is also World Wide Play In Day, an international day of music making launched by the American association ACMP – Association of Chamber Music Players.

VIVERE LA MUSICA will take place on, and will be subdivided into two parts:

ROUND TABLE – in the course of the day, professional musicians, amateurs and people who work in the sector, moderated by music journalist and critic Luca Ciammarughi, will address various topics connected with amateur music: from its cultural and social role to public relations and relations with professional musicians, to implications for music education. See the table below:

OPEN CONCERT (PLAY-IN)– A special guest will compose a piece of music ad hoc for he event. The piece must be of such a nature that musicians who come in order to play or those who show up at the spur of the moment will be able to play it. One of more of the participants of the round table will also be involved together with the special guest to train a core ensemble to help with the improvisational aspects of the event.

This initiative has two main objectives:

  1. Set aside a day dedicated to music, dialogue and debate on the role of amateur music today in Milan, musical capital of Italy. More and more schools of music for adult non-professionals are springing up, as are courses, orchestras and ensembles. However, in the city (and more generally speaking, throughout Italy) there has not really been a debate on the functions, places, objectives, effects and limits of amateur music.
  2. To underline the fundamental benefits of what amateur music is all about: it encourages relations between different generations; it draws vast audiences to the use of classical music; it valorizes action on the part of citizens and e – last but not least – figures among the various social and musical manifestations and events in the city.

Moreover, AIMA will run this year two workshop, one for symphonic and one for chamber music playing, open to all amateur musicians from all over the world.

  1. 3rd Italian Federation of Amateur Orchestras Festival. The Festival will take place at Fossano (CN) from the 1st to the 4th of November 2018. The Artistic Director of the Festival is Julius Kalmar. The workshops will be calibrated on different levels. All amateur orchestras and/or individual musicians are welcome
  2. The Cambristi-Milano annual Chamber Music Workshop will take place on July 14th and 15th, 2017 at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi of Como. This workshop aims to offer to amateur musicians from Italy and from all over the world the possibility to study and play together in Italy under the guide of renowned international professionals.

Associated Chamber Music Players

For many amateur musicians, orchestral playing is our first experience of making music together. What could be more thrilling than being immersed in the sound of a symphony from within the ranks of the orchestra?

It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I discovered the joy of making music together purely for our own enjoyment, in smaller, more intimate chamber music groups at home. Chamber music presents different challenges from orchestral playing – first of all, there is no conductor, so each player may be called upon to lead and cue the others depending on the flow of the music. Second, each player has a unique part to play, although chamber musicians are by no means soloists. Listening, communicating and watching each other are vitally important and bring their own reward by forging deeper connections between fellow musicians.

ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players, www.acmp.net, like WFAO, is an international non-profit organization that connects musicians who are interested in playing chamber music purely for pleasure. Established 70 years ago in 1947 by Leonard Strauss, an American businessman who wanted to find people to play with on his travels, today ACMP has 3000 members all around the world.

If you are interested in finding people in your area who want to play chamber music, ACMP would love to hear from you. Membership is only $25 per year and comes with a host of benefits including access to our member directory and chamber music workshop guide, as well as discounts on instrument insurance, sheet music and stand lights. For more information on chamber music and ACMP please visit our website at www.acmp.net

– Janet White, Chair ACMP April 2017