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PMF 2019 Orchestra Academy Auditions

The Pacific Music Festival (PMF) is an international educational music festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan. 2019 will mark the historic 30th anniversary of PMF - a celebratory milestone for the festival.
Applications are now being accepted for the PMF 2019 Orchestra Academy.

OUTLINE

All auditions for PMF 2019 will take place online via “Acceptd”. Applicants must have or make their own personal Acceptd account in order to apply. We will not hold live auditions, nor receive materials by postal mail. Please submit your recorded video audition materials online.

AUDITION ELIGIBILITY Orchestral instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 29 as of July 1, 2019
REPERTOIRE Please refer to the audition repertoire list here
SUBMISSION FEES $30 USD
*This usage fee for submitting an application through Accpetd is payable only by credit card and is non-refundable.
APPLICATION DEADLINE January 17, 2019 at 12:00 noon Japan Standard Time
RESULTS Audition results will be announced by March 2019.

PMF 2019 ORCHESTRA ACADEMY

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (PMFO) will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4, led by Artistic Director Valery Gergiev, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, led by former Artistic Director Christoph Eschenbach, in addition to performances led by Principal Conductor Marin Alsop, and Radek Baborák. Faculty will include internationally renowned soloists, and principal players from the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and other major orchestras of the United States.

ORCHESTRA ACADEMY
CURRICULUM Orchestral and chamber music coachings, rehearsals, masterclasses, and concerts.
PROGRAM PERIOD Sunday, June 30 – Saturday, August 3, 2019
Although the first concert is on Saturday, July 6, 2019, all participants are expected to arrive in Sapporo on June 30 for the orientation, seating auditions, and rehearsals. A PMF Orchestra tour to Tokyo and Kawasaki will take place from August 1 to 2. The festival will be completed and members will leave for home from Tokyo on Saturday, August 3.
PARTICIPATING COSTS

For successful applicants, PMF covers educational costs, round-trip flight costs between the city of origin and Sapporo*, travel costs within Japan, and shared-room accommodations during the festival period. Meals or stipends are provided during the festival period, excluding the tour.

Participants are responsible for basic travel insurance fees, visa application fees (if necessary), travel costs to/from the local airport (including instrument-carrying costs), and any other personal expenses.

*Any costs resulting from deviations from a round trip will be the participant's responsibility.

NOTES ON PREPARATIONS OF RECORDING MATERIALS

  1. State your name at the beginning of the video recording, clearly and slowly. (This is used to write the names of successful applicants in phonetic Japanese, in programs, etc., so clear pronunciation is important.)
  2. Repertoire should be recorded in the listed order, with no piano accompaniment.
  3. Excerpt videos should be recorded in one time-sequence, with no interruptions or cuts between the excerpts.
  4. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  5. Please upload either 1) one file with a single performance of the solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpts, or 2) two files – one with the solo piece(s) and one with the excerpts.
  6. Aside from a single cut between the concerto video and excerpt video (if desired), videos should not be edited in any way.
  7. The total length of the audition video(s) should be less than 20 minutes, including performances with auxiliary instruments.
  8. The video should have been recorded in or after November, 2018.
  9. File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, FLV, WEBM, MKV, M2V

HOW TO APPLY

*Google Chrome or Firefox are recommended. “Acceptd” does not support Internet Explorer.

*It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop computer to apply, as there is a possibility of technical issues arising when using a smartphone.

*Creating your own “Acceptd” account is free, but a $30 USD non-refundable usage fee will be incurred when submitting your online application. This usage fee must be paid with a credit card. No form of payment aside from a credit card will be accepted (this credit card does not have to be the applicant’s own). Applicants are responsible for any and all expenses related to preparation of application materials (video recordings, etc.).

The following credit cards may be used:
The following credit cards may be used

*It is possible to complete your application form first and upload your video recordings at a later date, but failure to complete the entire process by the stated deadline will result in the application not being accepted.


  1. Access "Acceptd" online, and either create your own personal Acceptd account or log in to your existing account.
  2. Access the Acceptd PMF landing page
  3. Choose a program and your instrument. Complete your online application form, filling in all required information.
  4. Upload your recorded audition materials. Video recordings are required. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Upload times vary widely, depending on your internet connection speed.
  5. A preview page will appear.
  6. Enter the credit card information and pay the non-refundable usage fee. Once uploaded, videos cannot be altered or replaced.

Submit Your Application via Acceptd

DEADLINE

The deadline for applications is January 17, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon) Japan Standard Time. Please note that the deadline will fall within January 16 in many parts of the world. For example, Jan 17, 12:00 noon JST = Jan 16, 10:00pm EST.
Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be accepted.

*Video uploads become very crowded just prior to the application deadline and upload times may significantly increase. Uploading early is highly recommended.

RESULTS

Applicants will receive notification of the audition results by email by March, 2019.
We will contact you from: academy2019@pmf.jp
Please make sure that you are able to receive email from that address.
If you do not receive any notification by March (after checking your spam folder), please feel free to contact us.

For further information

Email: audition@pmf.jp
Tel: +81-11-242-2211
Business hours: weekdays, 9:00 - 17:30 JST

PMF Organizing Committee
Sumitomo Seimei Sapporo Chuo Bldg. 1F
1-14 Minami 2-jo, Higashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0052 Japan

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