Who make up the Junge Staatsphilharmonie?
The Junge Staatsphilharmonie is the youth orchestra of the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Youngsters aged 14 – 16 from across the metropolitan region meet up throughout the season for rehearsals in the Staatstheater.
In between attending rehearsals and concerts, they are working with the Staatsphilharmonie to put together the opening concert marking the orchestra’s 100th anniversary in the autumn of 2022 – under the guiding eye of Joana Mallwitz. The Junge Staatsphilharmonie is closely involved with a music teacher and is being supported and monitored by orchestra sponsors of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. Together the assorted groups form a cohesive unit.
Who can get involved?
The Junge Staatsphilharmonie is open to teenagers between the ages of 14 and 19 who can play an orchestra instrument and have been studying music for some time. Younger entrants with particular aptitude may also be considered.
Auditioning before members of the Staatsphilharmonie is a condition of acceptance. Harpists, winds and strings are asked to play two pieces of music from different periods (total duration: 8-10 mins). Percussionists should demonstrate their skills on three different instruments (mallets, kettle drum, snare drum).
Creation and aims
On the instigation of Joana Mallwitz and in partnership with the PLUS – drama teaching – department, the Staatstheater Nürnberg is continuing to expand the support it provides to young musicians.
Joana Mallwitz: “The re-formation of the in-house youth orchestra of the Staatstheater Nürnberg is our response to a bygone era when young people were deprived of art and culture for an extended period of time at a crucial stage of their development. We welcome the members of the Junge Staatsphilharmonie as an integral part of the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Interacting closely with the musicians of our Staatsphilharmonie over the coming months – and in the most natural way possible -, they will be able to sit in on rehearsals and performances, familiarise themselves with the behind-the-scenes workings of theatre and orchestra and thus come to consider the theatre as a musical home from home.”
In a number of rehearsal phases the Junge Staatsphilharmonie will work at an extensive repertoire of symphonic works, including such pieces as Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”. The inaugural concert of the Junge Staatsphilharmonie in autumn 2022 will be the opening concert of celebrations to mask the centenary of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, to be conducted by Joana Mallwitz.
Signing up and contact
The preludes to the celebrations took place in the autumn of 2021. Rehearsal weekends in the first six months of 2022 will prepare the Junge Staatsphilharmonie for the anniversary concert on 10th October 2022.
Project head Irina Roosz will reopen registrations after the anniversary concert (Registration forms) and can be contacted for further information: jungestaatsphilharmonie(at)staatstheater-nuernberg.de
The promotion of young musical talent from the metropolitan region is the shared objective of the Staatstheater Nürnberg and its premium partner NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG. Through its generous and strategic programme of assistance, NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNG hopes to help establish the Junge Staatsphilharmonie as a long-term cornerstone of support for up-and-coming musicians at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
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