UO Professional Experience Scheme Now Open!

 

The Ulster Orchestra, in partnership with the Ulster Youth Orchestra, is delighted to announce a professional development programme where music students normally resident in Northern Ireland will audition to join a programme of coaching and mentoring from Ulster Orchestra members.

Three times during the academic year, successful applicants will come to Belfast to join with the Orchestra in a number of rehearsals and where appropriate, be invited to play in concerts. Travel to Belfast from the student’s usual place of study and any local travel costs will be paid for by the Orchestra.

PES students will receive support and feedback from UO members, develop skills in auditioning, orchestral section playing and also observe and participate in one of the UO’s Learning and Community Engagement projects.

Eligible musicians will be selected by means of competitive audition.

Strings

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to play side by side with the Ulster Orchestra in rehearsals. They will undertake three periods with the orchestra, to include a variety of music with different conductors. During the first period, PES students will sit in on rehearsals, listening to and observing the relevant section. This will enable students to enhance listening skills and to measure their potential contribution to the section.

For the second and third periods, PES students will play as additional players in rehearsals or (at the discretion of a PES mentor, and in agreement with the rest of the section), they may be asked to replace a UO player in a public performance. Where a PES student replaces a UO player for a performance, the student will be paid the appropriate freelance rate.

PES students will be supported by a mentor from within the section. They will receive regular feedback and a written report at the end of the scheme.

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to play side by side with the Ulster Orchestra in rehearsals. They will undertake three periods with the orchestra, to include a variety of music with different conductors. PES students will sit in on rehearsals, to listen and observe the relevant section. This will enable students to enhance their listening skills and to measure their potential contribution to the section.

At the discretion of a PES mentor, and in agreement with the rest of the section, they may be asked to replace a UO player in rehearsals and a public performance, or to play in the orchestra as an “extra” freelance player. The student will be paid the appropriate freelance rate.

PES students will be supported by a mentor from within the section. They will receive regular feedback and a written report at the end of the scheme.

How to apply

The Scheme is closed for applications at this time.

Auditions will be held in Belfast on Tuesday 29th August. We will ask you to play a 5 minute own-choice piece and some orchestral excerpts, which will be emailed to applicants in the first week of August.

Successful applicants will agree a schedule of engagement across the season with the Director of Operations. All applicants will receive a written report on their audition.

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