Covid-19 Support Program:

Performance Opportunity for Youth Orchestras with Midori

Violinist Midori is inviting applications from youth orchestras to join her in giving virtual premiere performances of a new violin concertino written by Derek Bermel. As part of her Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP), the aim is to encourage young musicians to be actively making music with each other, even from afar. 

This is a unique opportunity to be making music in real time on an online platform and embraces latency issues typically found in such platforms.  It also accommodates multiple levels of players.  

More information about Derek Bermel can be found at www.DerekBermel.com.

More Details:

-Application Deadline is February 1, 2021

-Applications will be selected by an independent committee

-Premieres are to take place in late spring 2021

-Schedule:

  • Selected youth orchestras must attend a tech session; exact schedule TBD.
  • Within the two weeks leading up to the concert, Midori will attend a minimum of these sessions:
    • 3 Rehearsals
    • 1 Dress Rehearsal and
    • 1 Concert
  • Exact schedule will be determined upon selection. The piece must be appropriately rehearsed and prepared before first session.

-The violin concertino will be 8-10 minutes and will use compositional musical elements to embrace internet latency issues. All rehearsals and concerts will take place on Zoom.

-The piece will comprise of two stand-alone movements. Your program can apply for a singular movement. One movement is for winds and brass only (instrumentation in this movement is adjustable) and one movement for strings only; Midori will perform the solo violin part

-Selected youth orchestras may also participate in two workshops from the Covid-19 Support Program offerings during the rehearsal period, unless the orchestra has already participated in these online sessions

-Programs may not under any circumstance charge extra for students to participate; this project is offered at no charge

-Agreement of details of the online concert, such as audience attendance and viewing platform, will be outlined and determined upon selection

-Zoom sessions may not be recorded under any circumstances

Requirements:

1. All students who intend to perform must attend and participate in all sessions; students of the program who are not able to attend all sessions may be allowed to observe.

2. The youth orchestra must be a member in good standing with the League of American Orchestras.

3. The students who intend to perform are strongly recommended to have high speed internet at 100 mpbs (feel free to check your internet speed on fast.com). Please email midori.office.la@gmail.com for any questions and details.

Note: ORCHESTRAS WILL BE SELECTED UPON REVIEWING OF THE RESPONSES TO THE APPLICATION QUESTIONS AND ASSESSED FOR SUITABILITY. THE COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR YOUTH ORCHESTRAS THAT ARE COMMITTED TO KEEPING MUSIC ALIVE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR STUDENTS, AND EAGER TO THINK OUT OF THE BOX.

APPLICATION:

Please submit an application using the form below OR at the direct link here: https://forms.gle/jvhyjQdiuuVaj8fu8 by February 1, 2021

Please email midori.office.la@gmail.com with any questions