History of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

First period (1991- 1997)

“The World Youth Orchestra Conference”

March 1991
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.

March 1992
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.

August 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.

August 1998
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).

September 1999
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).

August 2001
International Amateur Orchestra Festival in Nagoya with participation of 14 countries.

September 2004
Meeting in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

August 2005
Amateur Orchestra Festival in Nagoya on the occasion of the Aichi Expo Memorial (12 countries represented).

May 2007
WFAO meeting in Shangai (China) on invitation of Cao Peng-Music Center.

May 2009
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)

Spring 2010
Death of the founder of JAO, WYOC and WFAO, Mr. Motoyasu Morishita.

July 2010
Century Symphonic concert on Shangai World Exposition organized by Cao Peng-Music Center and the Shangai City Symphony Orchestra.

August 2011
1st Asian Amateur Orchestra Festival in Fukuoka (Japan) organized by JAO and NPO-WFAO.

Third period (from 2011 – )

September 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)

August 2012
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).

April 2014
Music instrument donation and orchestra concert in Kathmandu, Nepal.

September 2015
First WFAO Amateur Orchestra Festival in Europe in Milano (Italy) on the occasion of the World Expo on invitation of Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori.

September 2016
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)

3 Replies to “History”

  1. We are l’Orchestre Impromptu, around 70 musicians of around Grade 8 and above, and produce three series of concerts each year : this year they include Beethoven’s 9th, the Planets, the Sibelius violin concerto ….

    Each year we try to organise a trip abroad, giving concerts on our own, sharing a platform with a « home » orchestra, or performing a combined work, and offering the possibility of a reciprocal exchange trip.

    For 2019 we are thinking of coming to the UK some time between late May and end of August and I am writing to see if you might have any information concerning appropriate festivals or orchestras that might be interested in a possible collaboration.

    If so, we would be delighted to hear from you and provide you with more detail.

    Thank you and best wishes

  2. PS : I used this comment section as the « Contact » page form was not able to send my message

  3. Hi Anthony!
    Thank you for your request.
    Sorry for this late reply. I would suggest that you make contact directly with the organization Making Music UK, https://www.makingmusic.org.uk
    They would be able to put you in contact with relevant orchestras in Great Britain.

    All the best,
    Carl Ninian Wika
    Board member, WFAO

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