The orchestraHaving seen the confusion in Babel, the Lord God was sorry for humanity and gave them a common language, music."
On the terrace of Posticum in Oradea Hungarian and Romanian students – not speaking each other’s languages – try to communicate with signs. They can feel it, they know it: they have something in common which maybe they couldn’t even describe with words, even if they knew each others languages. This experience of the students coming from Szeged and Oradea inspired the idea to enable people to share this liberating sensation by using the language of music in every corner of Europe.
In 2009 – when the music world remembered G.F. Händel’s 250th and J. Haydn’s 200th anniversary of death – the Szeged University „Vántus István” Teacher Training Secondary School of Music and the Association of Posticum Movimentum Iuventutis Christianae of Oradea established the international youth orchestra. Overcoming cultural and religious boundaries, historical grievances, and everyday tension the orchestra, only by its existence proves that in the big confusion of Babel there is a common language by which we are able to communicate and that is music.
About the orchestra
The founders annually call the orchestra togheter within a three year cycle. The artistic director is Chech-born Petr Zejfart, professor at the Conservatory of Parma (Italy). He evaluates the applications of the candidates, and after an audition he decides who will be admitted. He also selects a solo singer or an instrumental soloist according to the programme to be played. The participants have a one week rehearsal period in September at Posticum in Oradea, after which they start a one week international tour.
Criteria for inclusion.
Expectations towards candidates include thorough knowledge of a classical musical instrument, and sincere commitment for music. The candidate has to be under 20 years of age, has to have basic Egnlish and/or Italian language skills. Important are openness, discipline, sense of purpose.
For the one week of rehearsal and intensive courses the housing and full supply is provided, to which the participants contribute 140 Euros. Additional expenses of board, lodging and travel (etc.) are covered by grants, sponsorship, and various foundations.
Long-term cooperation: promotion of talent
The founders also want to support talented students on the long term in the form of scholarship which can include further training (eg. private lessons by internationally recognized instructors). At the end of three consecutive years the conductor and a committee of experts chose the most efficient, devoted and exemplary personalities of the previous years to create a special musical formation called „La terza finestra”.
„La terza finestra”
La terza finestra, the third window opens up the dimension in which music is born. Members of this group – until obtaining their diplomas – regardless of age, can participate for free in the early music courses organized by Posticum and are considered members forever. Their participation in the orchestra’s work is guaranteed for all time by invitation as member of the orchestra, a chamber musician or a soloist. If they play concerts organized by the foundation they get a fee.
Expectations from the International Orchestra of Posticum Iuventutis towards the members of „La terza finestra” are: embracing the principles of the organization, keeping in contact, supporting younger members of the orchestra, helping to find other talented students and accepting invitations if possible.
Invitation to join
The founding organizations are open to other partners, sponsors, co-organizers who look upon supporting talented young people as an investment. Applications are accepted from every country of Europe.
In the European Union emerging along economic and political interests geographical boundaries are gradually disappearing. Nevertheless in many cases new „walls” are built between different national, religious and cultural groups. Music is one of the few instruments capable of creating genuine unity, reconciliation and a common languange. Therefore, we want more people to benefit from the unifying experience of music, because „... without experience, there is no art.” (Ferencsik Janos, Hungarian conductor).