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Erik Spencer Hill
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The North Carolina Symphony recently announced the auditions for the NCS Youth Sinfonietta, an exclusive chamber orchestra made up of 14- to 21-year-olds from across the state and led by the Symphony’s renowned staff of conductors.

All auditions will be held by video audition submission. After completing an online application form, students can record and submit videos of the required repertoire, from which their participation will be determined. Auditions will be open and video submissions considered until Friday, October 5, 2012, at 5 p.m. Information and the online application can be found at www.ncsymphony.org/educationprograms.

Twice each year, members of the NCS Youth Sinfonietta come together for a week of intensive coaching with North Carolina Symphony musicians and rehearsals with North Carolina Symphony conductors. The experience culminates in a public performance of challenging classical repertoire, held in the Triangle. This year’s January and May 2013 concerts will be led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Music Director Grant Llewellyn, respectively.

“The ensemble is distinctively ambitious in programming,” says Jessica Nalbone, director of education for the NCS, who notes that past programs have included Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. “Students who apply for the Sinfonietta will be a part of an advanced group, capable of performing some of the more challenging orchestral works, and have the benefit of working intimately with two internationally renowned conductors.”

Applicants must be: between ages 14 and 21; North Carolina residents or students enrolled full-time in a North Carolina school or university; and available for all rehearsals and performances during the winter and spring. Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m., Friday, October 5.

For additional information, visit www.ncsymphony.org/education or contact Jessica Nalbone, North Carolina Symphony director of education, at 919-789-5461 or jnalbone@ncsymphony.org.

The NCS Youth Sinfonietta is offered in partnership with the Triangle’s Philharmonic Association.

Founded in 1932 and subsequently made an entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Symphony employs 67 professional musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry. Every year, this orchestra performs over 175 concerts in more than 50 North Carolina counties, with some 60 of those concerts offered in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

The Symphony boasts two spectacular home venues: Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. The Symphony also travels 12,000 miles each year to present concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington; individual concerts in communities across the state; and one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

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