[ meetings ]

Next EFNYO General Assembly

The next EFNYO General Assembly will take place between May 14-17, 2015, in Lisbon, Portugal. The host of the meeting is our Portuguese member, Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, and its executive director, Alexandre Dias.

The internal agenda will focus on board elections, finance, membership, cooperation projects and networking issues.

The two afternoon sessions will be dedicated to round table discussions and presentations with guest speakers from Portugal, including local key figures in the arts and music sector representing institutions such as the National State Arts Board, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the National Ballet of Portugal, the Leiria Music Festival, the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, and other professional ensembles. For the discussion on “Young musicians meet young composers", the panel will be joined by a renowned teacher of composition, Luis Tinoco, and young composers from Portugal and abroad. Further discussions will focus on “Health issues & body awareness for musicians” and “Arts funding on the outskirts of Europe: Creating a new, sustainable paradigm”.

[ meetings (previous) ]

EFNYO General Assembly in The Hague, September 17-20, 2014

The last EFNYO General Assembly took place between September 17-20, 2015, in The Hague, The Netherlands, within the framework of the POLIFONIA closing event of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC) under the title "The Musician as Creative Entrepreneur".

The final report of the second cycle of MusXchange (May 1st, 2012 - April 30th, 2014) was fully approved by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the EU. The programme included 126 musicians' exchanges within 27 orchestra projects organised by 8 co-organisers and 5 further partners. The musicians were nationals from 17 different countries in the EU. The outcomes of the project were evaulated on the basis of 27 managers' reports and 122 musicians' questionnaires.

The MusXchange video which was produced during the summer 2013, can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/efnyo

The EFNYO board decided to file a renewed application for a third MusXchange cycle by October 1st, 2014. The title of the new Cooperation Project is:"MusXchange 2015-17: EFNYO's programme for fostering transnational mobility, strengthening of skills and audience building for pre-professional musicians in Europe."
The Cooperation Project will involve EFNYO as coordinator, 11 full partners, and further 20 associated partners from 34 countries. The joint activities will happen within well-established, but also innovative formats, ranging from mobility projects in symphonic and chamber music projecs to training workshops for managers and incubator programmes for young musicians.
The results of the application will be published in March 2015.

In addition, the EFNYO board and members are delighted to announce that Ms. Joan Gibson (NYOS/UK) has been elected EFNYO board member.

AEC Polifonia Conference:"The Musician as Creative Entrepeneur"

As EFNYO members show an increased interest in evolving programmes around entrepeneurial skills for musicians, the AEC closing event of the third-cycle Polifonia Project on innovation in Europe's high music education sector (2012-14) represented an ideal platform for the exchange of experience with conservatoire representatives and external experts in the field.
Moreover, four musicians from EFNYO orchestras were selected to participate in a bootcamp with trainers from Guildhall School London, the Cork Institute of Technology, and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, in order to develop their own entrepeneurial "start-ups" and present them at the conference.

The AEC MEDIA Report on both events, conference & bootcamp, and further outcomes of the Working Group on "Education for Entrepreneurship" can be found at www.aec-music.eu/about-aec/news/the-musician-as-creative-entrepreneur-media-report#.VPm0OS5CgZk

EFNYO General Assembly in Vienna, December 4-7, 2013

The last EFNYO General Assembly took place between December 4-7, 2013, in Vienna, Austria. The GA was hosted by the Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, and was the final conference of EFNYO's three years framework partnership agreement with the EU Commission (2011-13).
Two public panel discussions were held on December 5 and 6 at the Konzerthaus Vienna on topics around challenges for musicians and music training institutions in the 21st century. Our guests reported on encouraging examples of musicians' career paths (France, Austria, Germany, UK), and discussed ways of extending the training of new skills at the level of music universities/ conservatoires, and in pre-professional youth orchestras.

Our guest speakers included Johannes Pramsohler (baroque violinist/ tutor of OFJ Baroque), Clément Lebrun (musicologist/ tutor within the outreach programme of OFJ), John Axelrod (guest conductor of WJO), John Harris (artistic co-director/ Red Note Ensemble, Edinburgh), Birgit Zemlicka-Holthaus (oboist/ musicians coach, Berlin), Maria Gstättner (bassoonist/ music improvisation, Vienna Music University), Constanze Wimmer (Musikvermittlung/ Communicating Music - Music in Context/ Bruckner University, Linz), Helena Gaunt (Creative Entrepreneurs Programme/ Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London).

For more information about this event, please take direct contact with the EFNYO office at info@efnyo.org

EFNYO General Assembly in Bucharest, May 16-19, 2013

EFNYO organised its last GA in Bucharest (Romania) between May 16 - 19, 2013 hosted by our Romanian member, the Orchestra Romana de Tineret - The National Youth Orchestra of Romania. The conference focused on EFNYO membership development but also highlighted topics around music education and the music profession in Romania while aiming to enhance the development of EFNYO cooperation projects in South Eastern European countries. For this purpose, a round table (open to public) including a press conference was held on Saturday, May 18st, with guests from Romania and other European countries.
With regard to the new European cultural programme 2014-2020 "Creative Europe" the EFNYO invited Ms. Julia Pouply from Culture Action Europe to report on the new programme.

EFNYO General Assembly in Apeldoorn, November 15 - 18, 2012

The last EFNYO GA was held in Apeldoorn between November 15-18, 2012, the meeting was hosted by our Dutch member, the NJO/ Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy. On the first day the EFNYO was delighted to host a one-day workshop on private fundraising held by Philip Spedding from Arts&Business, London.
Furthermore the agenda included presentations by the NJO and its partners, application for new membership (Verbier Festival Orchestra), changes within the EFNYO board as well as the working programme 2013, which includes for the first time the invitation to site visits between our orchestra managers.
The EFNYO also introduced the "EFNYO honorary membership", offered to ex-representatives of member orchestras, who served as former presidents or board members. Honorary members are Maria Karwowska, Ayis Ioannides, Arthur van Dijk, Richard Chester as well as Joanna Crooks.

The discussion on "Challenges for orchestras in the 21st century" included presentations of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the OFJ and the JONDE.

Please feel free to contact us should you require more detailed information about any of the topics mentioned above.

EFNYO Board / MusXchange Working Group Meeting in Aix-en-Provence

The last board meeting in Aix-en-Provence in September 2012 was also a MusXchange working group meeting. Focus of discussion were the new MusXchange programme, the EFNYO working programme 2013, the EFNYO GA in Apeldoorn and the cooperation with EFNYO orchestras and the Youth Orchestra series at the Grand Théâtre in Aix-en-Provence. The NYOs from France, Italy, Spain and Iraqwill perform at the festival in September 2013.

EFNYO Board / MusXchange Working Group Meeting in
Fiesole (Italy) from March 9 - 11, 2012
According to the full agenda of this strategic meeting, the EFNYO board discussed the working programme for 2012, the MusXchange application for the period 2012-14, plans and ideas for the EFNYO GA in Helsinki in May/June 2012 and EFNYOs participation in the POLIFONIA working group of the AEC.

Furthermore the board appointed a new EFNYO secretary, Ms. Lucie Faggiani. Lucie comes from Cannes, France, and studied Communications and European Media Culture in Lyon (FR) and Weimar (DE), and Cultural Management at the Musikhochschule Hamburg (DE).

The meeting was kindly hosted at the Scuola di Musica, Fiesole, by the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana (OGI).


EFNYO General Assembly in Brussels, November 17 - 20, 2011

In November 2011, EFNYO held its second General Assembly in Brussels (Belgium).

The highlight  of the conference, which was the closing event of the MusXchange programme 2009-11, was held on Friday Nov. 18th at Brussels Flagey in the presence of EFNYO members, candidate members, and guests Jean Philippe Gammel of the EU DG Education and Culture, and Rose Lowry of the Orchestra Network for Europe (ONE).

For the final report and evaluation of MusXchange, EFNYO president Renate Böck presented a video with impressions from rehearsals and concerts of EFNYO orchestras in France, Austria, and Italy, and from EFNYO meetings in Frankfurt, Paris, and Vienna. The video is based on interviews with president Renate Böck, MusXchange musicians and EFNYO managers. Pierre Barrois, EFNYO vice-president, presented an evaluation of the programme based on more than 110 questionnaires from players of 14 different nationalities taking part in the programme. In the following discussion, EFNYO managers gave live reports about their experiences with MusXchange, and summarised the results of the exchange programme from the point of view of the sending and hosting orchestras.

With regard to membership applications, EFNYO is delighted to welcome two new full members, the National Youth Orchestra of Romania, represented by its artistic director and manager, Marin Cazacu, and the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO), former associate member since 2009. Another candidate member, the National Danish Youth Ensemble, was presented by Morten Ryelund, an official application will follow in 2012.

Due to difficulties between the National Youth Orchestra of Turkey (UGSO), present EFNYO member, and the newly established Turkish National Youth Philharmonic founded by Cem Mansur, the GA decided to suspend the membership of UGSO for one year, and defer the decision on the application of the Turkish National Youth Philharmonic by one year at least, until the situation becomes more transparent with regard to the national status of both orchestras.

EFNYO applied for another mobility grant for 2012-14 (following the EU pilot project which ended in Nov. 2011) under the EU Culture Programme.

EFNYO also organised a one-day training seminar for its managers on the use of Social media for orchestras led by Ulrike Schmid (Germany) and Marc van Bree (Netherlands/ USA).