NZSO FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

"The NZSO Fellowship opportunity has been an enriching and awe-inspiring experience! I have learnt so much about orchestral playing, rehearsal etiquette, touring, and all the work that goes on behind the scenes, and I have met some amazing musicians along the way. I would highly recommend this programme to anyone trying to make a career out of orchestral performance" – Patrick Hayes, 2018 Fellowship Student

If you are thinking about an orchestral or conducting career, this is a great opportunity for you to hone your skills. Once you have been selected, you will get first-hand practical experience of what it is like to work with a world class professional orchestra. During your year-long association with the Orchestra, you will work with NZSO principals, observe and rehearse with the NZSO and interact with international conductors and soloists.

In 2020, the NZSO is extending the programme with the inclusion of conducting students. Young conductors will develop their skills, knowledge and experience under the guidance of NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence, Hamish McKeich.

“Conducting is often seen, or thought of, as a dark art, random and unteachable. The opposite is true; the conductors world of gestures, energy, inspiration and leadership have much technique to be learned. Just as an instrumentalist wouldn’t stand in front of other musicians and play untrained, so too a conductor must learn as much of the craft as possible, before the further journey of experience with real world challenges and developing one’s own personal style, can begin. earning this and being involved with an orchestra at a high level, is priceless.”  - NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich

 

2020 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

To apply for this programme, please send us your CV, a cover letter outlining your musical aspirations, and recordings of yourself performing/conducting two contrasting pieces. Conducting students must supply a video, which can be from a rehearsal or concert, that has your face and arms fully visible. Instrumental applicants can supply audio only.

If you are selected to participate in the programme, the NZSO will cover transport and accommodation costs associated with the Fellowship.

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATIONS TO education@nzso.co.nz

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 December 2019

 

2019 FELLOWSHIP STUDENTS

Finn Bodkin – Oboe – Wellington

Monica Dunn – Bassoon – Auckland

Nickolas Majic – Violin – Wellington

Olivia Wilding – Cello – Wellington

Grant Baker – Viola – Wellington

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