1 st Macao International Children’s Arts Festival –
Performing with Joshua Bell and Musicians of the Academy of St Martin in The Fields Orchestra

Music Camp Introduction/Preface:

Co-hosted by Cultural Affairs Bureau and Wynn Resorts (Macau), S.A. and produced by Macao Orchestra Company, Limited, the “1st Macao International Children’s Arts Festival – Music Camp” is the signature annual large-scale music summer programme of the Festival, to be held from 16 to 21 August 2024. This year, the internationally renowned violin master Joshua Bell, together with several string musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, will form a String Orchestra with about 40 young string players to practice and rehearse during the Music Camp to broaden their musical horizons. On the last day of the Music Camp, the String Orchestra will present a public performance to showcase the rehearsal results of the Music Camp.

Date:
16 to 21 August 2024 (Friday to Wednesday)

Activities:

1. One-on-one Musical Instrument Lessons
Music Camp participants will receive one-on-one musical instrument lessons given by string musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

2. String Orchestra Rehearsals
Music Camp participants will take part in the String Orchestra rehearsals with Joshua Bell and string musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

3. Master Class
Music Camp participants will have the opportunity to participate in Master Class by string musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

4. Cultural Tours
Music Camp participants will visit Macao’s world heritage sites which have witnessed the harmonious co-existence of Chinese and Western cultures to learn about the history and culture of Macao.

5. Concert (Public Performance)
Music Camp participants will perform with Joshua Bell and string musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

*Outstanding violinist among them will also have the opportunity to perform the solo part of Bach’s “Concerto for 2 Violins” with Joshua Bell.

Performing Artists and Faculty:
Joshua Bell and string musicians from Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Schedule:
Language of Instruction: English (no on-site interpretation)

Basic Timetable

10:00-13:00 Music Camp activities
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30-17:30 Music Camp activities
17:30-19:30 Dinner
19:30-22:00 Music Camp activities

Basic Schedule:

16 August (Friday) Orientation, musical instrument lessons and String Orchestra rehearsals
17 August (Saturday) One-on-one musical instrument lessons, String Orchestra rehearsals and cultural tours
18 August (Sunday) One-on-one musical instrument lessons, String Orchestra rehearsals and cultural tours
19 August (Monday) One-on-one musical instrument lessons and String Orchestra rehearsals
20 August (Tuesday) One-on-one musical instrument lessons, String Orchestra rehearsals and
21 August (Wednesday) String Orchestra rehearsals, the String Orchestra giving the Concert with Joshua Bell and string musicians of the Academy from St Martin in the Fields.

*The detailed Music Camp schedule will be provided to students admitted to the        Music Camp.
*Only participants with an attendance rate of 90% or above will be awarded with certificates and will be entitled to participate in the Concert.

Applicant:

Holders of Macao Resident Identity Card (Permanent/Non-Permanent) or non-residents of Macao, born between 2006 and 2016 inclusive, who have learned string instruments, can sign up to participate in the Music Camp individually.

String instruments include: Violin, viola, cello and double bass.

Quota: 40

Registration Deadline (extended):
19 July 2024 – 18:00, Macao SAR time (GMT+8)

Registration Documents:

  • Application form
  • A valid video link of the applicant’s performance of the designated excerpt(s) (only YouTube, Bilibili and Youku links are acceptable)

Selection Methods:
1. Submit the individual’s performance video of the designated excerpt(s) before 19 July 2024, the deadline for registration.
2. Admitted applicants will be notified by email on or before 1 August 2024. Participation fees for admitted participant must be paid in full before the specified time, otherwise it will be deemed as giving up the participation.

Video Requirements:
1. The applicant’s face, hands and the instrument must be clearly shown in the video. And there must
be no accompaniment. Pauses are allowed between excerpts, but the video must not be edited, or processed or modified in any way.

2. Each video must include a self-introduction in English as follows:

  • My name is ____;
  • I currently reside in ____ (city);
  • Today I am recording for the 1 st Macao International Children’s Art Festival Music Camp;
  • My application instrument is ____.

3. The video must be uploaded to YouTube, Youku or Bilibili, and a valid link must be submitted.

Instruments and designated excerpts for selection:
1. Violin:
J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violin in D minor, BWV 1043 (Violin II Solo part) complete
(Download the piece)#

Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48
(Download the piece)#

* Violin applicants must submit the videos of all the excerpts above for selection, otherwise the videos will not be accepted.

2. Viola:
Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48
(Download the piece)#

3. Cello:
Tchaikovsky Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48
(Download the piece)#

4. Double Bass:
Tchaikovsky: String Serenade, Op.48 in C Major, TH.48
(Download the piece)#

# Please download the corresponding scores by yourself

Expenses:
1. Participation Fee of the Music Camp
MOP10,000*

*Admitted applicant who holds a Permanent/Non-permanent Resident Identity Card of the Macao Special Administrative Region can participate in the Music Camp at a discounted price of MOP2,000.

Notes:

  • The above fees include lunches and dinners in the Music Camp.
  • The above fees do not include the fees of local transportation and pick-up to and from the venue of the Music Camp, as well as the accommodation fees and transportation fees from the place of residence of the admitted applicants who do not reside in Macao. Travelling expenses and accommodation arrangements need to be handled by themselves.
  • Admitted applicants must bring their own instruments (except double bass) and bows (applicable to all admitted applicants, including double bass players).
  • Non-local admitted applicants must make their own arrangements for visas, accommodations and transportation, including the daily transportation to and from the venue of the Music Camp. They must purchase their travel, medical and accident insurance by themselves and submit the proof of purchase to the host for their own interest protection.
  • The “1 st Macao International Children’s Arts Festival – Music Camp” will provide daytime (10:00-22:00) participants care services at the Music Camp venue during the Music Camp period. The caring of participants from 22:00 to 10:00 the next day will need to be arranged by their parents or guardians.
  • It is recommended that non-local participant is accompanied by a parent or guardian. The Music Camp will only provide participants care services during the day (10:00-22:00) at the Music Camp venue. The caring of participants outside the Music Camp venue must be handled by parents or guardians.

2. Accommodation Fees (Optional)
If an admitted applicant needs the accommodation provided by the Music Camp, he/she can pay an additional MOP10,000 to stay in a five-star hotel provided by the Music Camp.

Notes:

  • The optional hotel room types are double bed room and standard twin room. The above fees only include the basic hotel room charges and one breakfast per day. Additional hotel charges (e.g. paid items in the room, extra breakfast, etc.) are to be paid by the admitted students to the hotel.
  • Guardians of admitted students are responsible for their own accommodation and other expenses.

Contacts:
Email:[email protected]

Application form

Notes:
1. All submitted information will only be used for this selection and evaluation. The information will be kept confidential and will not be returned.
2. The “1 st Macao International Children’s Arts Festival – Music Camp” reserves the rights of final interpretation.

Macao Orchestra 2023-24 Season “The Future of Classical Music” Concert
Young Musician Audition Programme

The Macao Orchestra holds the concert “The Future of Classical Music” every season, providing an opportunity for the public to gain a deeper understanding of the music achievements of the new generation in Macao. It also creates a platform for showcasing artistry, allowing young students to perform alongside the musicians of the Macao Orchestra and enhance their individual music proficiency.

The Young Musician Audition Programme of “The Future of Classical Music” was finished earlier, and the response was overwhelming. In order to let more music lovers experience the performance of a professional orchestra, the deadline for applications will be extended until May 7th.

“The Future of Classical Music” will take place on 13 July this year. A special Young Musician Audition Programme has been introduced in this edition, aiming to offer Macao students and music lovers a comprehensive experience of joining a professional orchestra! To provide participants with a complete practical experience from exams to performances, interested individuals are required to take part in the Orchestra’s audition process. The programme is now open for registration until 26 April. Hurry up and register if you’re interested!

Applicants eligibility:
1. Macao ID holders (including permanent and non-permanent) or Student ID holders issued by Macao tertiary level education organisations or Macao Education and Youth Development Bureau
2. 12 Years old or above is required

Enrolment Priorities:
Obtain ABRSM Grade 8 or above level

Registration and participation are free of charge

Rehearsal and Concert Dates:
Dates for Rehearsals: 23 June, 30 June, 7 July, 8-10 July, 12 July 2024
*Please note that the rehearsal dates are tentative, and the detailed schedule will be confirmed and announced later.

Dates for Concert: 13/07/2024

Programme for the concert:  
Bernstein: Overture to “Candide”
Tchaikovsky:  “Romeo and Juliet” Fantasy-Overture, TH 42, ČW 39
Bizet: Selection from Carmen Suites No.1 & No. 2

Conductor: Tony Cheng-Te Yeh

Selection Process:
The live audition is scheduled to take place in May 2024, Macao Orchestra will notify eligible applicants of the audition details by email before May 13, 2024.

Deadline for Application:
7 May 2024 12:00 noon

Instruments Open for application, live audition excerpts:
Flute (Download Audition Excerpts)
Oboe (Download Audition Excerpts)
Clarinet  Download Audition Excerpts)
Bassoon (Download Audition Excerpts)
Horn (Download Audition Excerpts)
Trumpet (Download Audition Excerpts)
Trombone (Download Audition Excerpts)
Tuba (Download Audition Excerpts)
Percussions  (Download Audition Excerpts)
Violin (Download Audition Excerpts)
Viola (Download Audition Excerpts)
Cello (Download Audition Excerpts)
Bass (Download Audition Excerpts)

*Candidates please download scores from above, no scores will not be provided during the live audition.

Fill in the application form

Remarks:
All information submitted will be used for audition purposes only, all documents will be kept confidential and will not be returned.
Macao Orchestra reserved the final right of interpretation

Guest Musicians Recruitment
【OM Guest Musicians Recruitment Page 2023】

Macao Orchestra (OM) is currently recruiting guest musicians to join its upcoming concerts. Musicians with excellent performance and ensemble skills are welcome to submit video(s) for assessment. Any applicant passing the assessment would be invited to rehearse and perform in OM’s concerts.

We are now recruiting guest musicians of:

First and second violins (Download the assessment excerpts)
viola (Download the assessment excerpts)
cello (Download the assessment excerpts)
double bass (Download the assessment excerpts)
flute (also piccolo) (Download the assessment excerpts)
oboe (English horn) (Download the assessment excerpts)
clarinet (also, Eb clarinet and bass clarinet) (Download the assessment excerpts)
bassoon (Download the assessment excerpts)
French horn (Download the assessment excerpts)
trumpet (Download the assessment excerpts)
trombone (Download the assessment excerpts)
tuba (Download the assessment excerpts)
timpani and percussion (Download the assessment excerpts)
harp (Download the assessment excerpts)
keyboard (Download the assessment excerpts)

Guest musicians are responsible for:
1. Participating in OM’s rehearsals and performances, and working with other members of the orchestra;
2. Attending rehearsals and performances on time as arranged by OM or its conductor;
3. Except instruments provided by orchestra, musicians have to provide their own instrument and equipment for rehearsals and performances and complying with the rules and arrangements of the venue.

Applicants shall:
1. Be at least 18 years of age with good playing and ensemble skills and experience;and can adapt to different musical styles.
2. Have good English language skills and communication skills and be a team player.

Required application materials:
·Application form (download)
·Copy of identity document;
·Resume (in Chinese or English);
·Copy of academic qualifications;
·A valid link (of Google Drive or Baidu Netdisk) to the downloadable MP4 video(s) showing the applicant playing solo and technically challenging segment(s) as for an orchestra.

Requirements for the applicant’s performance video(s):

Solo Piece(s):
Ensure that the applicant’s face, hands, and instrument are clearly visible. There must be no accompaniment. Pauses are allowed when switching to another part, but the video shall not be edited, or modified in any way.

Orchestral excerpt(s):

Ensure that the applicant’s face, hands and instrument are clearly visible. There must be no accompaniment. Pauses are allowed when switching to another segment, but the video shall not be edited, or modified in any way.

  1. The video(s) shall be in MP4 format. Separate videos are allowed for the solo and the orchestral excerpt(s). Each video’s size shall be between 500 – 800 MB.
  2. Upload the video(s) to Baidu Netdisk (in which case, please provide the extraction code) or to Google Drive and email the download link to
    om-recruit@ moc.com.mo. The video file(s) shall be named after the applicant. DVD format will not be accepted.

How to apply:
1. Download the application form from OM’s official website (download)
2. Email the completed form to [email protected];
3. Download the copies of sheet music(can be downloaded on the official website)
4. Email the Application Materials and a link to the video(s) to
om-recruit@ moc.com.mo at or before (GMT+8) 23:59 on 21 August 2023, in the following subject line format: Name + intended position, e.g. “Chan Tai Ming, Guest Musician for Cello”. Any late application or an application with incomplete materials will not be accepted.

Contact:
Macao Orchestra Company, Limited
Email: om-recruit@ moc.com.mo
Tel: (+853) 8988 4122, 8988 4123
Address: Cave 2 do Centro de Criatividade do Tap Siac, Praça do Tap Siac, Macau

Note 1: The final interpretation of the recruitment rules belongs to Macao Orchestra Company, Limited.
Note 2: All information submitted by applicants will be treated in the strictest confidence and used for recruitment purposes only.

Pre-concert Talk(CANCELLED)

Speaker / Lu Jia

*The Macao Orchestra, under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), has decided to cancel the concert “Commemorating the 110th Anniversary of the première of Mahler’s work: The Song of the Earth – Macao Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra”, originally scheduled for 20 November, due to the epidemic prevention and control measures in Mainland China and to the fact that some performers will not be able to visit Macao.

Date : 2021/11/20
Time:19:00 – 19:30
Venue:Cultural Center Conference Room
Speaker : Lu Jia
Language : Mandarin

Music Hour with Musicians (CANCEL)

*In line with the SAR Government’s epidemic prevention and control measures, and in accordance with the “Guidelines on Conducting Visits Abroad and Crowd Gathering Activities” issued by the Department of Health on 10 August 2021, the below activity will be canceled.

Date : 2021/09/18
Time:19:00-19:40
Venue:Dom Pedro V Theatre – Mirror Hall

Pre-concert Talk (CANCEL)

Speaker / Lu Jia

*In line with the SAR Government’s epidemic prevention and control measures, and in accordance with the “Guidelines on Conducting Visits Abroad and Crowd Gathering Activities” issued by the Department of Health on 10 August 2021, the below activity will be canceled.

Date : 2021/09/05
Time:19:00 – 19:30
Venue:Cultural Center Conference Room
Speaker:Lu Jia
Language:Mandarin

Violin Master Class (CANCEL)

Violin / Ning Feng

*In line with the SAR Government’s epidemic prevention and control measures, and in accordance with the “Guidelines on Conducting Visits Abroad and Crowd Gathering Activities” issued by the Department of Health on 10 August 2021, the below activity will be canceled.  

Date:2021/09/04
Time:18:30-21:30
Venue:Auditorium of Macao Museum of Art
Violin : Ning Feng
Language : Mandarin

Fun Music Workshop

Presenter: Platypus Theatre

*Due to the impact of novel coronavirus pandemic, many performers will not be able to visit Macao. The activity will be cancelled.

Date: 2021/03/14
Time: 11:30-13:00
Venue: University of Macau – University Hall (N2)
Presenter: Platypus Theatre
Language:Cantonese,English

Pre-concert Talk

Speaker:Lu Jia

Date: 2020/11/21
Time: 19:00-19:30
Venue: Cultural Center Conference Room
Speaker:Lu Jia
Language:Mandarin

Free admission with tickets

Registration will start from 12pm on November 11th. Limited seats are available for each concert, subject to availability.

Music Hours with Musicians – The Magnificent Baroque

Speaker: Cao Hui, Li Silei

The baroque period was a significant part in the history of European art. Do you want to talk with musicians about the baroque period to know what happened at that time? Join the Music Hours with Musicians!

Date: 2020/10/24
Time: 19:00-19:30
Venue: Dom Pedro V Theatre

Speaker: Macao Orchestra first violin Cao Hui, Li Silei

Registration