Music Lives! presentations

Read about some of the many great presentations that were held at the Music Lives! conference at the WFAO General Assembly, in Oslo, September 2016

Technical presentations

Andrew Levine (Blumlein records), What Makes a Good Orchestral Recording

After leading us through the history and aspects of important historical recordings, Andrew Levine introduced us in the latest developments and insights of actual recording-technique.

Letizia Turini (librarian of BDLO), An Intern(@)tional Federal Library: Facts, Figures and Outlook for the Future

Letizia showed us the extremely flexible way that has been developed to go through the German orchestra libraries.

Bart van der Roost (ceo of NeoScores), Why Classical Music Should Go Digital or Go Home

He showed us the latest developments on playing music from tablets and introduced us to Gustaf, digital sheet music wherever you are, on any device. After this 3 different presentations on technical resources we had a very animated discussion.

Andrew Levine, Letizia Turini, Bart van der Roost

Some more presentations and reports

Daniel Kellerhals, Why Amateur Music Making is Important for the Individual and Society

If there would be any doubt by some people of the added value of amateur-music making, there can’t be any doubt anymore after this driven and well-founded presentation, inspired by years of experience as economist and enthusiast amateur-horn-player. We hope to come back on this lecture in one of our next newsletters.

Jüri-Ruut Kangur, The Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra: A Case for New Concert Ideas and New Audiences

Jüri-Ruut proved that youth orchestras can reach new audiences and play for thousands of people by linking the classical music with cross-over, theatre, etc… . It is all a question of ideas and creativity.

Jihae Yoon and Seorim Kim (Kyung Myung Kim being apologized),

The Roll of Music for Social Interest: On the Positive Effect of Music in Group Activities

Short lecture explaining the effective answers for mutual understanding among the societies in the world. Music as the instrument for international communication.

Gam String Orchestra (South Korea)

Next they explained the working of GAM string ensemble and the connection of Gam String Orchestra with Sarabang Culture Club, a culture arts club in the network of Seongnam.

Last years there have been several Korean Amateur Musician’s Orchestra Festival (2013-2014-2016) for all types of orchestra at the Sejong center for Performing Arts in Seoul.

Some figures:

In 2013 an orchestra of 600 wind-players played in the outdoor theatre.
In October 2014, 2200 players in 51 teams (orchestras) participated.
In 2017 the festival will take place from 2017.09.17 till 09.24
The organizer examines the possibility to invite people from abroad.

Daniel Kellerhals, EOFed

Milly Koh, World Civic Orchestra (USA)

The World Civic Orchestra is a gathering of people from around the world to celebrate the world through music. They have over 400 registered members representing 20 countries with over 80 musicians performing on stage at any given annual concert.
The World Civic Orchestra, based in New York, had their inaugural concert at the stage of Carnegie Hall wit Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on the 20th of June 2010.
Since than WCO played not only in USA but went also on tour to Taiwan and Japan.
From June 7 to 11, 2017 WCO will go on tour to Prague (Czech Republic) with concert in the Dvorak Hall. To apply to participate, email at:

Kikuko Morishita, JAO-festival, The Federation of Japan Amateur Orchestras Association Corporation

Since 1972 JAO started with 23 community orchestras.
Now JAO is a public service corporation of 140 member orchestras.
JAO organizes:
– National Festival of Amateur Orchestras (since 1973), individuals from JAO-member orchestras meet every summer
– Toyota Community Concerts (since 1981), subsidy from Toyota for JAO-member orchestras as groups
– Toyota Youth Orchestra Camp (since 1985) for youth players from 13 to 24 years old
– Prince Takamado Memorial Masters Orchestra Camp (since 2000), this camp aims to provide middle or senior amateur players (over 40 years old)
– Strongly supporting international cooperation since 1991

Ilke Boran, Ayvalık International Music Academy (Turkey)

Ayvalık is a seaside town on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey.
AIMA has been founded in 1998 by Prof. Filiz Ali. Since its foundation the Academy has assumed a leading role in promoting the education of young musicians.
AIMA organizes a festival orchestra, different workshops and masterclasses every year where young participants from worldwide have the opportunity to work with renowned artists.

Carl Ninian Wika and Terje Winther, Norwegian Youth orchestra Association, UNOF, (Norway)

UNOF is a national organization for school and youth orchestras in Norway. UNOF has 4700 members between the age of 4 – 26, coming from 147 local orchestras all over Norway.
The past years UNOF created a strong relationship with our Nepalese member-orchestra by organizing Nepalese-Norwegian workshops in Kathmandu and by inviting Nepalese students at the Toppenkurset in Mosjøen (Norway).

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