The Orchestra Academy of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester
The Orchestra Academy of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester was founded in 2002. It was established for the purpose of passing along the centuries-old tradition of one of Germany’s oldest orchestras and thus keep alive the special sound as well as the performance culture of this unique ensemble.
The goal of the Academy is the acquisition of practical orchestral experience under professional conditions with its special requirements concerning opera as well as the symphonic area. This way, our academy students have the opportunity to become acquainted with the working methods and the extraordinarily extensive repertoire of one of the world’s leading opera orchestras.
The Orchestra Academy is supported by
Freunde des Nationaltheaters e.V., Dr. Helmut Röschinger
The Academy is geared toward highly gifted music students up to the age of 26, who have already completed their higher education or can provide proof of a comparably high level of training. Consequently the Orchestra Academy sees itself as an enhancement and logical continuation of the studies at a conservatory. After successful passing their audition, academy students are accepted with a stipend of 800 euros a month for a two-year period in the Orchestra Academy. Ther they recceive further instruction from one of the first-chair players of the orchestra, while concurrently being additionally monitored by a tutor from their own instrument section who will function as a direct contact person.
In the few years of its existence, the work of the Orchestra Academy of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester has already shown some remarkable successes: virtually all of our students have received steady positions in major orchestras. One special source of pride, however, is that we have been able to engage three of them for posts in our own orchestra.