How to join the orchestra and how to become a supporting member of the foundation

Membership is open on two levels:

○ The orchestra – the young musicians, their CEO and music director

○ The audience – patrons and supporters

All members of the orchestra must become members of the foundation. Members of the audience are free to decide if they wish to take advantage of the benefits of joining the foundation.

A


The orchestra must be such as to attract the best young musicians available.
They will be expected to play advanced symphonic repertoire at a standard so as to attract international conductors and soloists in the top concert venues of the world. Performing membership is open to musicians of any nationality aged between 13 and 26, who play one of the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, piano. (Please note that all must be good sight-readers.) Prague residents and applicants aged between 16 and 21 will be given priority. This is a project orchestra which means that membership can vary from production to production. Initiator and executive partner is the German International School in Prague, dsp Prague is well-known as one of the most musical cities in the world: indeed, the Czechs say of themselves, “Co Čech to musikant” – “If he’s Czech then he must be a musician.” There should be no shortage of musicians of the right calibre and an international youth orchestra in Prague should easily find its way to the hearts of anyone who is open to the charm of the European musical tradition. There is already a strong tradition of Mozart and Dvořák in Prague. We plan to build on this, cultivating in addition the symphonies of Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms and the piano concertos of Beethoven. But we are also anxious to open the doors to modern music and to crossover projects. This is the music that young musicians want to play and we aim to provide the right setting for them, so that they can realise their highest potential. In order to join the orchestra musicians must also become members of the foundation. See C. Members of the orchestra, especially those who do not live in Prague, must sign a commitment for which productions they will be available. Accommodation and transport are the responsibility of the musicians and their families. The orchestra cannot be held responsible but will assist members as far as possible. Members who are able to play solo concertos with the orchestra should receive an opportunity. Student conductors and composers will also be encouraged as will projects for chamber music. Ultimately we are planning for over 100 members but the orchestra will almost certainly be much smaller in its first stages.

B


The audience is the most important constant factor in any musical performance. Anything which remains unintelligible to an entire audience has failed in its aim. On the other hand each audience consists of very different people, some musically trained, others artistically active, some intellectuals or businessmen, some may just be curious – perhaps venturing into new terrain for the first time – so that we are unlikely to see a complete consensus. However we do aim to keep an open dialogue with our audience, so that impressions, opinions and criticism can be readily exchanged. If you join our supporters, your voice will be heard. Every branch of professional life has become aware of the importance of networking. The type of network that we shall be establishing has the added factor of inspiration from performances given by dedicated young musicians, guaranteeing an especially creative environment for meetings and discussions, especially when the orchestra is on tour. International contacts will be cultivated and supporting clubs in other countries will be encouraged. The nature of support can vary from making cups of tea to funding an international tour. Anyone who wishes to support the orchestra in any way will be very welcome and will become part of our quite special international network. The orchestra hopes to become truly international and open to musicians and music lovers of all countries. No nationality and no language will be excluded but most rehearsals and daily business will be conducted in English, German or Czech.

C


Applying to join the orchestra as a musician

Any musician who plays one of the instruments listed above and is aged between 13 and 26 is eligible to apply. Priority will be given to musicians between 16 and 21. Please see that your application reaches us by 20th October 2018. Although the German School in Prague is executive partner there is no restriction as to nationality and no obligation as to residence in Prague. Musicians must however agree to be available for all the rehearsals leading up to a production and will have to organize their own accommodation and transport if they do not live in Prague. All members must agree that the orchestra accepts no responsibility outside rehearsal and concert venues. (Other conditions may apply in the case of tours.) Musicians under the age of 18 must include a signed agreement from the parents and the application must be countersigned by the student’s teacher. This is not required by musicians over the age of 18. Selected musicians will be invited to a short audition. If the date offered is not convenient there may be alternative dates available. These however may not apply once chairs are filled, so that musicians are strongly advised to take the first date if possible. Musicians should bring two copies of a prepared solo piece for their instrument. They will also be asked to play an orchestral excerpt for their instrument at sight. There will be no piano accompaniment. Musicians should bring their own instrument unless they are applying for piano. Percussionists should bring either a side drum and sticks or their own choice of mallet instrument. They may also offer piano but all will have to be good sight-readers. Younger musicians must be aware that the competition for each chair is based on the standard of playing only. No special allowances can be made for age. Please note that you are being asked to allow for photo, video and sound recordings to be made in connection with the orchestra’s activities. All such recordings and photos remain the property of the orchestra.

Application form for musicians who wish to play in the orchestra:

The application form may be obtained as PDF here:
ORCHESTRA APPLICATION FORM.pdf

Please print out and complete this form, sending it to:
Hans Kistler, CEO
 
PINTJO – dsp
 
Schwarzenberská 700/1
 
CZ 15800 Praha 5
Please do not apply online. We need your signature as well as the signatures of parents and teachers of the under-18s. All applications will be acknowledged via e-mail. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of sending your postal application, please send us an e-mail enquiry (see contact). Once you have been accepted for the orchestra we shall be asking for Bank details.

D


Applying to join the orchestra as a supporter
We shall need people to help with transport of instruments, transporting musicians, setting up the orchestra, managing front of house and ticket sales. If you can help in any special way we shall be delighted to hear from you. No matter what you have to offer, you will be very welcome. Please tell us where you live and what you do and please do not be shy about telling us about any special contribution you can make, such as help with networking, accommodation, refreshments and catering, front of house (management) at concerts, etc.

The application form may be obtained as PDF here:

The application form may be obtained as PDF here:
AUDIENCE APPLICATION FORM.pdf

This form is for audience members who wish to give extra support. Please print out and complete this form, sending it to:
Hans Kistler, CEO
 
PINTJO – dsp
 
Schwarzenberská 700/1
 
CZ 15800 Praha 5
Please do not apply online: we need your signature. There is an annual membership fee. The amount payable is decided by the Annual General Meeting. At the meeting on September 25th the members agreed on an annual fee of € 25 for a single person and € 35 for family membership. Please make clear which membership you prefer and send us written permission to draw this from your account. For this purpose the “year” means the school year from August to July. All applications will be acknowledged via e-mail. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of sending your postal application, please send us an e-mail enquiry (see contact).