Transition Year Orchestral Project with the CIT Cork School of Music

After the great success of the Transition Year Orchestra Project earlier this year we are now looking forward to running the project again in 2018 – from the 23 to 27 April. Transition year musicians from any school in Ireland are welcome to apply for this week-long, full-time work experience opportunity at the CIT Cork School of Music. There is no charge for this course and all materials will be provided.

The inaugural course saw a symphony orchestra of sixty three preparing and performing a lunchtime concert that included: Sibelius’s Finlandia, Bizet’s l’Arlesienne Suite, Holst’s Moorside March, and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance N.8; under the direction of young professional conductor Conor Palliser. A retiring collection at the concert in the the CSM Curtis Auditorium raised a tidy sum for the Cork University Hospital Charity.

Applicants should have some orchestral or band experience and should be comfortable reading music of at least grade five standard. We are not fussy about grade exam results but enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and improve are vital! If orchestral sections are oversubscribed we may conduct assessments over skype or facetime. This was not necessary this year and everyone who applied was accommodated.

The week’s activities will include:

  • Daily group rehearsals with a professional conductor
  • Sectional rehearsals with experienced orchestral professionals
  • Observation opportunities with other CSM ensembles
  • Final lunchtime concert in aid of local charities

Please note that it is not a chaperoned residential course. participants are required to attend at CIT Cork School of Music in Cork city centre from 9:00 to 16:00 from Monday 23 April 2018 to 14:30 Friday 27 April 2018. Accomodation, where necessary, can be recommended but will not be co-ordinated or supervised by CSM.

PIANO PROJECT: There will be a special stream during the week for transition year pianists.

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC: We will also run a parallel course for traditional Irish musicians.

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