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Professional Experience Scheme

A mentoring scheme for music students normally resident in Northern Ireland

Overview

The Ulster Orchestra’s Professional Experience Scheme, in partnership with the Ulster Youth Orhcestra, is a mentoring scheme for music students normally resident in Northern Ireland. 7 emerging professional musicians are selected annually by competitive audition to receive mentoring from Ulster Orchestra members and, where appropriate, to perform in season concerts. 

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

During these visits students will also take part in a variety of other activities and training opportunities aimed at developing them personally and professionally such as, one to one lessons with their mentor, mock orchestral auditions, coaching in how to deliver workshops in a community or educational setting as well as training in performance enhancement, mentor talks and functional movement classes. 

Eligible musicians are selected by means of competitive audition.




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