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Bonne chance! New auditions in Paris

By Emilia Campagna

December 8, 2022

Theresia has launched new auditions, to be held in Paris in January. Hurry up, the deadline for applications is on 20th December!

Theresia has launched a slot of new auditions, specifically for violin, viola, cello, double bass, oboe, bassoon and horn. For the first time, the audition will be held in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, a great location, thanks to the partnership with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt. We are very happy with the widening of our network, and in particular, this new partnership let us set the auditions in a place which is both prestigious and convenient from a logistical point of view. The deadline for the submission of applications is Tuesday 20 December 2022.

Download the full regulation here

We usually schedule the auditions during the Summer (the last ones were in Salzburg’s Mozarteum, last July), and for the first time we are going to have more than one audition per year: that’s because a lot of exciting projects are about to start, and 2023 promise to be a thrilling year! (We are going to tell more in the next posts, so stay tuned!)

Some additional information: the new auditions are scheduled on 13 January 2023 for wind instruments and double basses, and on 14 January 2023 for string instruments. Candidates will play in front of our artistic board, composed of conductor and oboist Alfredo Bernardini, concertmaster Gemma Longoni and Theresia’s artistic director Mario Martinoli. Auditions also include a motivational interview with Elena Gaboardi, founder and co-chair of Icons, the Foundation that supports Theresia Orchestra. Candidates will be asked to perform not only a solistic or orchestral piece: auditions in Theresia are more than that, as candidates are involved in chamber music rehearsals and workshops: this allows the artistic board to better know the individual musical skills and also the ability to work in groups, which is essential to fit in the orchestral environment!

As one of our members, horn player Jonathan van der Beek, pointed out, “normally, an audition is a quite frightening and sometimes disappointing experience. In the case of the Theresia audition, this was exactly the opposite. It is called an audition because they are making a selection in the end, but it felt more like a workshop or even a masterclass in a beautiful environment. We got to prepare certain pieces, and we had to ‘rehearse’ in front of a jury the whole day. This made me very comfortable as I wasn’t judged only on the 5 first minutes of playing. When I went out of the audition, I was just so grateful that I got the opportunity to work with Alfredo Bernardini and all the great musicians that participated. If I were not selected, I would still take this great experience home.”

Selected candidates will be granted a sum of 2,500 and will be involved in the learning and artistic activities of Theresia Orchestra, including orchestra residencies, chamber music academies, specialized workshops and much more, to improve skills and gain experience in the performance of the symphonic and chamber music repertoire of the Classical Era on period instruments.

Don’t miss the chance! Download the full regulation here



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About Emilia Campagna

Journalist and musician, Emilia is a blogger for Theresia