2018 Youth Music Culture Guangdong Applicant Information

YMCG DATES:
Friday January 12, 2018 to Saturday January 20, 2018
Arrival: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Departure: Sunday, January 21, 2018

YMCG Symphony Orchestra
To put the philosophies of YMCG into practice, a select group of young musicians under the age of 35 will join together to form the inaugural YMCG Symphony Orchestra. An ensemble especially established for the project, it promises to be filled with vitality, befitting the energy of Guangdong, at the forefront of China’s reform and open-door policy. Here, friendships are made through music and a large extended family will be fostered by cultural fusion and exchange. Apart from performing at its operational base in Guangzhou, the YMCG Symphony Orchestra embarks each year on concert tours to promote the YMCG project.

The organizing committee 2017 has received more than 600 applications from almost 40 cities in Europe, America and Asia. These young musicians are based in such cities as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Berlin, Dresden, Birmingham, Moscow and Vienna. They are students pursuing training in these famed cultural capitals. Musicians from Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Urumqi, Lhasa, Hohhot, Hangzhou, Xian, Kunming, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Macao, Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung have also applied to participate. Last but not least, young musicians currently working at the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra also hope to take part in the YMCG Symphony Orchestra.

Eminent American conductor Michael Stern serves as Music Director and Conductor of the inaugural 2018 YMCG Symphony Orchestra.

YMCG Training with Beethoven Experience
All accepted participants are enrolled in the YMCG Orchestra and assigned to chamber groups. All will participate in chamber music and Silkroad Workshops. Program this year will focus on Beethoven. The Beethoven theme will be represented in chamber music, Silkroad Workshop, conversation and discussion as well as the orchestral program – Beethoven: Symphony No. 3.

Application Process
1. Fill out the online application form apply.ymcgchina.com (or download the form here). Deadline for application is October 18th, 2017 CST (UTC+8). Applications by mail must be received by this date.
2. Once application and audition videos have been reviewed by YMCG faculty, you will receive acceptance or rejection by email before November 10th, 2017.
3. Upon acceptance, participants must confirm their attendance with YMCG by November 15th, 2017.
*Accepted participants are expected to participate for the full period (January 12th — January 20th, 2018) without absences. Your schedule should be planned accordingly. No leave of absence will be granted.

Age limit 18 to 35 years old

There are two ways to complete the application form:
1. Online Application System
Use the following link to apply online: apply.ymcgchina.com
There are two ways to upload auditions. Applicants may either put six required videos in six separate compressed file folders (such as .zip or .rar, size limit 20MB), or upload videos using their preferred file sharing service and share the viewing/downloading link directly in the application.
Please have your compressed files or shareable links ready before you start the application.
For any questions regarding the online application system, contact ymcg@gso.org.cn.

2. Downloadable Form
*By Postal Mail
Mail the completed application form, your photo and short bio, answers to the short essay questions, and a DVD containing six required audition videos to:

YMCG Organizing Committee
Room 304
1 Hai Shan Jie, Er Sha Island. Yuexiu Qu,
Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng
China, 510100
Phone: +86 020-37815560

*By Email
Save the completed application form (PDF) and email the file along with your photo, short bio and answers to the short essay (saved as doc, docx, or PDF), as well as downloadable links to your six required audition videos to ymcg@gso.org.cn

Fees
Application: $0

YMCG offers to accepted young artists a full scholarship for tuition, room and board. Participants must provide their own transportation to Guangzhou.

4. Application Deadline is October 18th, 2017 (UTC+8). Applications by mail must be received by this date. (Applications by mail must be received by this date).

Contact Information
Email: ymcg@gso.org.cn
Phone: +86 020-37815560 [Monday to Saturday 9:00- 12:00, 14:00-17:00 (GMT+8)]

YMCG Orchestra
Applications will be accepted for the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet and timpani.
*Demonstrated skill at playing multiple instruments (including folk instruments) and/or composing is a plus.

Short Essay Questions:
The application includes a series of short essay questions. Please be prepared to answer them.
1. Who am I and how do I fit in the world?
2. What is the role of a musician in society?
3. What is the role of music in your life?
4. What else would you do if not music?
5. What is your greatest joy?
6. What is your greatest challenge?

Video Audition Requirements:
Each applicant must submit all six required audition videos.
Please note:
*Each video must be under two minutes.
*Video formats must be avi, mpeg, mp4 or mov.

1. Please play a song that you remember from your childhood. You can play it alone, sing it, or play with friends and colleagues.
2. Please play a piece of music from the classical repertoire. You can play a solo piece, or play with anybody you choose.
3. Choose one of the following:
Play a short piece that you composed or improvised.
Tell us something about yourself.
Tell a joke.
Show us something that you’ve made.
Describe something beautiful that you admire.

4. Each applicant is required to choose 3 excerpts ONLY. Choose from among the choices in each instrument category. There is no required excerpt; however, please make clear in each case why you made the choice you did: what in each particular excerpt is challenging, surprising, beautiful or important for the work as a whole? Where and how does it fit into the larger context? What makes it work in the piece?

Violin:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3,
Movement I. Measures 65 through 154 (1st ending) (violin I)
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement II. Measures 1 through 8 (opening theme) (violin I)
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement I. Measures 1 through 122 (to the first repeat) (violin I)
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement III. Measures 99 through 114 (violin I)
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement II. Beginning through measure 84 (violin II)

Viola:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement III. Beginning through measure 127
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement III. Measure 300 through measure 395
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement IV. Measure 286 through measure 330
4.  BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II. Beginning through measure 10
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II. Pickup to measure 50 through 59
6. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II. Pickup to measure 99 through 106

Cello:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II.  Beginning through measure 10
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II.  Measure 49 through 59
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II.  Measure 98 through 106
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement III.  Pickup to measure 141 through 218 (no repeat)
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8
Movement III.  Measure 45 through 78 (with repeat)

Bass:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement III.  Beginning through measure 100
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement III.  Measures 140 through 218 (23 after [B])
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Recitative:  Beginning through measure 90
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Ode:  Measures 92 through 115
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Measure 431 (letter K) through measure 525
6. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Measure 541 (2 before M) through measure 594

Flute:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement IV.  Measure 173 through measure 200
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 4
Movement II.  Measure 64 through measure 72
3.  BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
Movement I.  Measure 63 through measure 88 (opening Vivace)
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Measure 343 through measure 431
5. BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture #3
Beginning through measure 36
6. BEETHOVEN– Leonore Overture #3
Measure 328 through measure 360

Oboe:
1. BEETHOVEN– Symphony No. 3
Movement II.  Measures 8 through 56
2. BEETHOVEN– Symphony No. 3
Movement III.  Measures 7 to 28
3. BEETHOVEN– Symphony No. 3
Movement III.  Measures 210 to 220
4. BEETHOVEN– Symphony No. 3
Movement IV.  Pickup to measure 351 to 382
5. BEETHOVEN– Symphony No. 6
Movement III.  Measures 40 through 122

Clarinet (all clarinet I):
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 4
Movement II. Measure 81 through 89
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
Movement I. 2 before [K] to 17 after [K]
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
Movement II. Measures 68 through 77
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
Movement II. 1 before [D] to 1 before [E]
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8
Movement III. Measure 48 through measure 78

Bassoon:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 4
Movement IV.  Measure 184 through measure 187
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
Movement II.  Measure 7 through 18
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV.  Measure 116 through measure 140
4. BEETHOVEN – Violin Concerto
Movement II.   6 after [A] to [C]

Horn:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement III. Measures 171 through 205 (Horn II)
2.  BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
Movement IV. Measures 439 through 463 (Horn III)
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
Movement III. Measures 132 through 161 (Horn I)
4. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
Movement I. Measures 84 through 110 (Horn II)
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
Movement I. Measures 84 through 102 (Horn I)
6. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
Movement I. Measure 430-end (Horn I)
7. BEETHOVEN – Fidelio Overture
Measures 45 through 55 (Horn II)

Trumpet:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement II. [A] Measure 29 through 38
2.  BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV. Measure 1 through 25
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement IV. [B] through 15 measures after [C]
4. BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture #2
Measure 392 through 411 (both trumpet fanfares)
5. BEETHOVEN – Leonore Overture #3
Both offstage fanfares

Timpani:
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 1
Movement III. Measure 44 through 79
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
Movement III. [C] to 4 measures before [A] (of Movement IV)
3. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
4. Movement I. Measure 89 through 110
5. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 7
Movement IV. Measure 409 through end
6. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement I. 18 measures before [S] through end
7. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
Movement II.  Measure 248 through 283