History of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras
First period (1991- 1997)
“The World Youth Orchestra Conference”
Establishment of the World Youth Orchestra Conference in Tokyo with participation of representatives from 9 countries.
The purpose was to promote and increase youth orchestra activities worldwide through information exchange and the establishment of exchange programs.
Second General Conference of the WYOC in Nagoya with participation of 15 countries. The conference with its linked exchanges was repeated every year until 1996.
International Festival of Amateur Orchestras in Tokyo with participation from 17 countries.
Second Period (1997- 2011)
Taking its roots from the World Youth Orchestra Conference (WYOC) a new World Federation of Amateur Orchestras was established under the abbreviations WFAO.
After a preparatory meeting in 1997 in Hamamatsu, in August 1998 official foundation of the adult and youth World Federation of Amateur Orchestras (WFAO) in Kanazawa (Japan).
WFAO meeting in Venezuela. On invitation of El Sistema (Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (FESNOJIV).
International Amateur Orchestra Festival in Nagoya with participation of 14 countries.
Meeting in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Amateur Orchestra Festival in Nagoya on the occasion of the Aichi Expo Memorial (12 countries represented).
WFAO meeting in Shangai (China) on invitation of Cao Peng-Music Center.
WFAO meeting in Antwerp (Belgium) with support of the European Music Festival for Young People (Neerpelt, Belgium -EMJ) and Youth and Music Antwerp (JM Antwerpen).
New chairperson: Richard Chester (Scotland)
Death of the founder of JAO, WYOC and WFAO, Mr. Motoyasu Morishita.
Century Symphonic concert on Shangai World Exposition organized by Cao Peng-Music Center and the Shangai City Symphony Orchestra.
1st Asian Amateur Orchestra Festival in Fukuoka (Japan) organized by JAO and NPO-WFAO.
Third period (from 2011 – )
WFAO General Assembly in Glasgow (Scotland).
New constitution accepted.
WFAO continues as a non-profit organisation under Swiss law.
New board elected. New chairperson: David Ramael (USA)
World Amateur Orchestra Festival in Shizuoka (Japan) at the occasion of the 40th Japan Amateur Orchestra Festival.
July / September 2013
July 26-28 2nd Asian Amateur Orchestra Festival in Andong (Korea)
September 21 -23 WFAO-General Assembly in Toyohashi (Japan) (together with 41st Japan Amateur Orchestra Festival).
Music instrument donation and orchestra concert in Kathmandu, Nepal.
First WFAO Amateur Orchestra Festival in Europe in Milano (Italy) on the occasion of the World Expo on invitation of Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori.
WFAO General Assembly coinciding with Conference on and for youth and amateurorchestras at Voksenåsen (Oslo, Norway) on invitation of UNOF (De Unges Orkesterforbund).
New chairperson: Alex Van Beveren (Belgium)