The Orchestre de la Francophonie (OF), under the artistic direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, announces auditions for the 2023 summer season. All positions — strings, woodwinds, horns, trumpets, trombones, tuba, harp and percussion — are open. The orchestra will perform two concerts in Montréal at the Maison Symphonie, two concerts in Québec City and one at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The 2023 season of the OF will take place from June 26 to July 30, 2023 in Montréal for the residency period and on tour for the concerts.*
- All string, woodwind, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp and percussion positions are open
- Registration for the auditions are online only. Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old on June 25, 2023.
- Deadline for auditions is March 17, 2023 at 11:59pm, Montréal time
- No audition fee!
- Each candidate must present five contrasting orchestral excerpts, as well as a short piece with or without accompaniment of a maximum of 8 minutes.
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- Highlights of the 2023 program include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2, creations by Giancarlo Scalia and Simon Bertrand, internationally renowned soloists, works by First Nations composers as well as partnerships with various arts and technology organizations. An anticipated moment of the season will be the world premier performance of Hindemith’s Trumpet Sonata (1939), orchestrated by Daniel Warren, with soloist James Thompson.
- Robert Uchida, concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will act as string conductor and director of the chamber music program. Other noteworthy musicians from major musical groupings will join the teaching staff, including Hélène Guillemette, concertmaster of the Philharmonic of Radio France, Douglas Payson Sturdevant, former Principal Trumpet of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, as well as many recognized teachers.
- Residential training program in Montréal
- Workshops, masterclasses and mock auditions
- Community and social musical outreach
- All musicians will receive a scholarship of $1,500 (CAD) at the end of the internship as well as a $750 (CAD) accommodation allowance to help pay for accommodation in Montreal.
* Subject to change depending on the evolution of public health measures and the COVID-19 situation