IMPORTANT INFO:

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APPLICATION DATES:

  • Applications open: 15 July 2020.
  • Applications close: 02 September 2020

Auditions will take place ONLY by video recordings UPLOADED TO YOUTUBE AND THE LINK must be sent to gautengcmf@gmail.com

Ages and minimum standards

6-20 YEARS OLD

  • GAUTENG JUNIOR ENSEMBLES (mornings only):
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.3 (max age 6-10)
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr. 4 (max age 11-12)
  • GAUTENG SENIOR STRINGS: Minimum standard of playing Gr.5
  • GAUTENG CHAMBER STRINGS: Minimum standard of playing Gr.7

Where?

WATERKLOOF NG CHURCH and MIDSTREAM COLLEGE

When?

FESTIVAL DATES AND PROGRAMME:

28 NOVEMBER – 06 DECEMBER

What?

The Gauteng Chamber Music Festival invites all string players who aim to play chamber music at an international level to audition for the fifth festival. The focus of the festival will be to nurture hard-working string players and cover the core values of chamber musicianship: phrasing, sensitive listening skills, refined playing technique and musical awareness through the emphasis on small group playing. Therefore, we can only accommodate a limited number of 65 string players.

Auditions:

AUDITION: The audition must be recorded on your phone and a Youtube link sent to gautengcmf@gmail.com

REQUIREMENTS FOR AUDITION:

  • GAUTENG CHAMBER STRINGS (minimum standard of playing Gr.7)
  • GAUTENG SENIOR STRINGS (minimum standard of playing Gr.5)
  • GAUTENG JUNIOR ENSEMBLES:
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.3 (max age 6-10)
    – Minimum standard of playing: Gr.4 (max age 11-12)
  • You need to record 2 pieces: 1 Baroque or Classical and 1 other piece of your choice, max. time 5 min all together, cuts allowed.

Vision

To develop chamber music and musicianship skills in young string players, so that they play with intelligence, creativity and musical insight.

“Don’t use music to play the violin, use the violin to play music!” – Isaac Stern

Why?

Children that are gifted in music are greatly inspired by playing music with others. They learn from their peers and for some it is an eye-opener of the high standard others are able to play at a similar age. It further develops their social skills: listening to others, communicating, leading others, patience with others and oneself in a group context.

Healthy competition:

Participants that have taken part in the previous festivals would aspire to grow sufficiently during this year to qualify for the next festival, where they will need to pass an audition of a minimum grade according to their age.

Goal:

To improve and transform the standard of instrumental playing. To expect excellence from children from a very early age – and so psychologically uplift children. To promote social development and harmony between children from all backgrounds and ages in South Africa, with the best tool possible – music.

Method:

Following the example of the world-renowned Kodály concept, this course will place great emphasis on singing everything before it is played. This has been proven to nurture the young child’s inner ear, teaching them to hear what they see on paper, and also phrase the way they sing. Rhythm and sight-reading skills will also be practised and nurtured daily.

“He who plays before he sings, may remain unmusical for a lifetime.” – Zoltan Kodály