Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme (PES) in partnership with the Ulster Youth Orchestra

Ulster Orchestra Professional Experience Scheme (PES) in partnership with the Ulster Youth Orchestra

Following a highly successful first year, in which seven student participants joined the Orchestra for a range of projects and concerts, the Professional Experience Scheme again invites music students normally resident in Northern Ireland to apply to join this year’s programme of coaching and mentoring from Ulster Orchestra members.

Here are a few of the comments received from our year one participants:

Playing in a professional orchestra is radically different to a music college orchestra, and getting the opportunity to do that in a range of concerts has been invaluable”

“The section gave me lots of different ways in which I could improve what I was doing, and live feedback meant I was constantly progressing as a player during rehearsals”

“I really enjoyed my time in Good Shepherd Primary School. I felt that it was a great insight into the different types of situations that we can find ourselves in as musicians”

“It has been a great way to add to my experience of playing in professional orchestras and it is an experience that will aid me in the world of professional orchestral music”

The Scheme is open to members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra who are (or are about to begin) studying at third level, and are considering a career as a professional orchestral musician. Applications from non-UYO members will also be considered.

Three times during the academic year, successful applicants will come to Belfast to join with the orchestra in 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.

How to apply

Applications are open now, until 1200 on Monday 6th August, by email only to Patrick McCarthy, Director of Operations [email protected] including “UO PES 2” in the subject field. We are able to accept applications from all orchestral instruments with the exception of piano and harp.

Applicants should attach a PDF or Word document, on one side of A4, including:

  • Name, instrument, age, contact details, current place of study
  • A paragraph of not more than 300 words summarising their academic and playing history, and intentions for further study.

Auditions will be held in Belfast on 4th September. We will ask you to play a 5-minute own choice piece, and some orchestral excerpts, which will be sent to applicants by return email.

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.

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. We believe this will enable students to enhance their 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. They will only be offered a performance opportunity if the mentor and section agree that the playing of the PES student is of an appropriately high standard. 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. We believe 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. They will only be offered a performance opportunity if the mentor and section agree that the playing of the PES student is of an appropriately high standard. 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.

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