2019 Youth Music Culture Guangdong Applicant Information

YMCG DATES
January 11, 2019 to January 19, 2019
Arrival: Friday, January 10, 2019
Departure: Saturday, January 20, 2019

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.

The 2018 YMCG organizing committee’s announcement in October 2017 attracted even more excitement and attention. Numerous young musicians of Chinese descent sent in their applications from around China as well as New York, Berlin, Boston, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Copenhagen, Nashville, Corpus Christi and Singapore. In addition, the organizing committee received applications from musicians in such countries as France, Australia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Uzbekistan. The inclusion of talented players from different countries and cultures into the YMCG Symphony Orchestra fits perfectly with the organization’s mission of “connecting cultures, creating trust.” Musicians accepted into 2018 YMCG hail from four continents—Asia, Europe, America, Australia—comprising Chinese and other ethnicities.

Eminent American conductor Michael Stern serves as Music Director and Conductor of the 2019 YMCG Symphony Orchestra.

YMCG Program And Repertoire

Those selected to participate in YMCG will play in the symphony orchestra and chamber music ensembles, take part in Silkroad workshops, and have the opportunity to engage in public dialogues and master classes. Symphonic repertoire chosen for 2019 features Johannes Brahms and Jean Sibelius.

Application Process

1. Fill out the online application form on apply.ymcgchina.com. Deadline for application is November 11st, 2018 CST (UTC+8).
2. Once application and audition videos have been reviewed by YMCG faculty, you will receive acceptance or rejection by email before November 28th, 2018.
*Accepted participants are expected to participate for the full period (January 10th — January 20th, 2019) without absences. Your schedule should be planned accordingly. No leave of absence will be granted.

Age limit 18 to 35 years old

Only way to complete the application form:

Online Application System
Use the following link to apply online: apply.ymcgchina.com
Applicants should upload required 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 orchestra@ymcgchina.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.

Application Deadline is November 11st, 2018 (UTC+8).

Contact Information
Email: orchestra@ymcgchina.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,Double bass,Flute,Oboe,Clarinet,Bassoon,Horn,Trumpet,Trombone & Bass Trombone,Timpani & Percussion.
*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:
Please note:
*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. 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.
3. Please refer to the list below. Applicants are required to submit at least THREE orchestral excerpts, chosen from the options listed in each instrument category (although we encourage applicants to submit the entire list). Solo pieces marked with ** are required.

Before filling out the application, you must have all of your videos completed and uploaded using your preferred file sharing service (e.g. youtube or youku). You will need to provide the viewing/downloading links in the application.

Please note: It is strongly recommended (but not required) to fill out the application in English. The main language used during YMCG is English and to ensure the level of communication, we recommend that all applications be completed in English.

Violin

**SOLO: BACH: 2 contrasting movements, one slow, one fast, any solo sonata or partita, applicant’s choice
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Overture, Leonore No. 3. Presto until end
2. MOZART – Symphony No. 39,
I. Measure 1 through measure 16
II. Measure 1 through measure 27 (no repeats)
IV. Measure 1 through measure 78
3. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo: 2 measures before [P] through the end
4. SCHUMANN – Symphony No. 2
II. Measure 1 through measure 55
5. STRAUSS, R. – Don Juan
Measure 1 through 13 measures after [C]
6. SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5
I. [9] through [12]

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Viola

**SOLO: BACH: 2 contrasting movements, one slow, one fast, any suite, applicant’s choice
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
III. Measure 1 through measure 127
2. BRAHMS – Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Variations V, VII, and VIII
3. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Measure 17 through [D]
4. MOZART – Symphony No 35
I. Measure 41 through measure 66
IV. Measure 134 through measure 181
5. STRAUSS, R. – Don Juan
Measure 1 through 5 measures after [D]
[R] to the downbeat of 8 measures before [T]
6. SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5
I. 2 measures after [15] through 1 measure before [17]

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Cello

**SOLO: BACH: 2 contrasting movements, one slow, one fast, any suite, applicant’s choice
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 5
II. Measure 1 through measure 10
II. Measure 49 through measure 60
II. Measure 98 through measure 106
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No.2
II. Measure 1 through measure 15
3. DEBUSSY – La mer
2 measures before [9] through 6 measures after [9]
4. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
[C] to [D]
5. SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5
I. [32] through 3 measures after [38]
6. STRAUSS, R. – Don Juan
Opening until 4 measures before [D]

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Bass

**SOLO: BACH: 2 contrasting movements, one slow, one fast, any suite, applicant’s choice
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
IV. Measure 1 through measure 90
2. HAYDN – Symphony No. 88
I. Measure 83 through measure 102
3. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo: beginning to 1 measure after [A]
4. MOZART – Le Nozze di Figaro, Overture
Measure 1 through downbeat of measure 24
5. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 1
I. 4 measures after [K] through downbeat of [O]
6. STRAUSS, R. – Don Juan
beginning through 6 measures before [D]

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Flute

**SOLO: Mozart – Flute Concerto in G major
I. exposition
II. opening
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BACH – B minor mass, No. 58 “Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben”
Beginning through measure 18
2. BACH – Orchestral Suite No. 2
Badinerie
3. BEETHOVEN – Overture, Leonore No. 3
Beginning through measure 24
Measure 328 through measure 360
4. BRAHMS – Symphony No. 4
IV. Measure 89 through measure 105
5. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo: 2 measures before [P] through the end
6. STRAUSS, R – Salomé, “Dance of the 7 Veils”
[D] through [G]
7. ROSSINI – La Gazza Ladra, Overture
Two piccolo solos

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Oboe

**SOLO: Mozart – Oboe Concerto in C major
I. Exposition
II. Opening
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BACH – Cantata, BWV 82, “Ich habe genug”
Aria. Measure 3 through measure 33
2. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
III. Measure 40 through measure 122
3. BRAHMS – Violin concerto
II. Measure 1 through measure 32
4. RAVEL – “Le tombeau de Couperin”
I. opening through [2]
5. ROSSINI – La Scala di Seta
Opening through [3]

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Clarinet

**SOLO: Mozart – Clarinet Concerto in A major
I. Exposition
II. Opening
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 6
II. Measure 68 through measure 77
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No.3
II. opening through [B]
3. BRAHMS – Symphony No.4
II. Measure 4 through downbeat of measure 23
4. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo: opening to [B]
5. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 1
I. measure 1 through measure 32
III. 5 measures after [E] through 6 measures after [G]

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Bassoon

**SOLO: Mozart – Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major
I. Exposition
II. Opening
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
IV. Measure 115 through measure 164
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No.3
I. Measure 49 through downbeat of measure 70
3. MENDELSSOHN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo: opening to 1 measure after [A]
4. MOZART – Le Nozze di Figaro, Overture
Measure 139 through downbeat of measure 171
5. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 2
II. measure 40 through measure 55
6. TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 4
II. Measure 274 through end

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Horn

**SOLO: Mozart – Horn Concerto No. 3
I. exposition mm. 28-69
II. opening mm. 1 – 27
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BACH – B minor Mass – No. 10 “Quoniam to solus Sanctus”
measure 1 through measure 13
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No. 3
III. [F] to measure 110 (1st horn part)
3. DVORAK – Cello concerto
I. 11 measures after [2] to 10 measures before [3] (1st horn part)
I. 6 measures before [7] to 10 measures after [7] (1st horn part)
4. SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5
I. 4 measures before [7] through [9]
5. STRAUSS, R. – Til Eulenspiegel
opening to [1] (1st horn part)
6. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3
III. Measure 171 through measure 205 (2nd horn part)
7. BRAHMS – Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Variation VI – no repeat (2nd horn part)

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Trumpet

**SOLO: Hummel – Concerto for Trumpet in E (may perform in E-flat)
I. Exposition.
**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
Please play 1st Trumpet parts on the following.
1. BACH – B minor Mass – No. 13 “Credo”
Measure 29 through measure 47
2. BRAHMS – Academic Festival Overture
measure 63 through measure 109
3. MAHLER – Symphony No. 5
I. opening solo
4. SIBELIUS – Symphony No. 2
Movement I: 3 measures before [N] through 10 measures before [O]
5. STRAUSS, R. – Ein Heldenleben (1st E-flat Trumpet)
[81] through 4 measures after [84]
6. TCHAIKOVSKY – Swan Lake, No. 22 from Act III (1st cornet part)
[1] to [2]

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Trombone

**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
The following excerpts are 1st trombone parts
1. MOZART – Requiem, “Tuba Mirum” Solo
opening to [B]
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No. 4
IV. [E] to 16 measures after [E]
3. SCHUMANN – Symphony No. 3
IV. Measure 1 through measure 23
4. STRAUSS, R. – Ein Heldenleben
[60] to 3 measures before [66]
5. TCHAIKOVSKY – Symphony No. 5
IV. [T] through 11 measures after [U]
6. WAGNER – “Tannhäuser”, Overture
[A] to 27 measures before [B]

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Bass Trombone

**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. WAGNER – “Tannhäuser”, Overture
[A] to 27 measures before [B]
2. HAYDN – The Creation,
Mvt 26, beginning to [C]
3. ROSSINI – Overture to La Gazza Ladra
Measures 115 – 132
4. BRAHMS – Symphony No. 4
IV. [E] to 16 measures after [E]
5. SCHUMANN – Symphony No. 3
IV. Measure 1 through measure 23
6. STRAUSS, R. – Ein Heldenleben
[61] – [65]

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Timpani & Percussion

**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 9
I. 18 measures before [S] through end
II. Measure 264 through measure 296
2. BRAHMS – Symphony No. 1
IV. Measure 375 through end
3. MAHLER – Symphony No. 5
Measure 316 through measure 322
4. ELGAR – Enigma Variations
VII. (Troyte)
5. SIBELIUS – Finlandia
[D] through [I]
[M] through end

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Percussion

**EXCERPTS (At least three) :
1. DELECLUSE – Etude No. 1 or 11 (from 12 Etudes for Snare Drum)
2. BACH – Solo of choice (2 or 4 mallets) (marimba)
3. DUKAS – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
4 measures after [17] through 2 measures before [20] (glockenspiel)
4. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Scheherazade
IV. [P] through [R] (snare drum)
5. DVORAK – Carnival Overture
opening through [C] (tambourine)
6. TCHAIKOVSKY – Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (cymbals)

An example/demonstration of your playing/technique/groove/musicianship on a hand-percussion instrument or instruments of your choice.

These can included but are not limited to: Conga, Bongo, Cajon, Tabla, Darbuka/doumbek, frame drums (tar, bendir, riq), samba bateria, African drumming etc. This example/demonstration can be solo, or with a group and can be concert footage previously recorded.

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