What is SINFONIA?
Sinfonia is an opportunity for young people who may or may not already be part of an ensemble to work with some of the country's leading conductors and players over a series of intensive rehearsals intended to challenge individual and group playing.
It is hoped that young people joining SINFONIA will take this learning back to their regular school & community orchestras and lessons.
The professional musician team will bring together experienced performers and professionals from Maynooth University and Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, under the guidance of Artistic Director, composer and conductor Andrew Synnott, and Deputy Director Karen Ní Bhroin. Current students of Maynooth University Department of Music will also form part of the ensemble.
During each rehearsal the team will work through repertoire carefully selected by our Artistic Director. In this way, all of the musicians involved will have the opportunity to extend their instrumental and ensemble skills as they work towards a fantastic performance.
All successful applicants will be expected to commit to attending the full schedule of rehearsals which will be circulated in advance. Musicians should be prepared for intensive sessions and be willing to work on parts in-between!
Rehearsals will take place over a full day, from 10.30am to 4pm, and are based in Athlone Institute of Technology or Maynooth University.
When based in Maynooth University transport from AIT will be provided.
Who should apply?
SINFONIA is for young musicians aged between 11 and 19 who are looking to be challenged in their individual and ensemble playing.
Applications from enthusiastic, hard-working string, woodwind & brass instrumentalists and percussion, harp and piano players are welcome.
Previous experience of playing in an ensemble isn't necessary but it is advantageous.
There is no audition – application is by completing the online form and through teacher recommendation. Selection criteria will apply.
SINFONIA will give younger musicians the chance to work with some of the country’s leading conductors and players.
By taking part in SINFONIA younger musicians will have the chance to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of music, performance and ensemble playing.
SINFONIA is for young people who may or may not already be part of an ensemble to come together with other like-minded musicians and work towards a performance over a series of intensive rehearsals intended to challenge individual and group playing.
SINFONIA brings together professional musicians who are experienced performers and professionals, current students of Maynooth University Department of Music and younger musicians.
Being part of SINFONIA will give young musicians skills and experience to take back to their regular orchestras and lessons.
The small print!
Please check for potential date clashes in advance of applying.
Failure to attend rehearsals may impact ability to perform in the final concert.
Cost: €120 (non-refundable membership fee)
There is no audition – application is by completing the online form and through teacher recommendation.
Selection criteria will apply.
The number of places available will be dictated by the final instrumentation of the ensemble.