“MusXchange” points at a deficit in the training, and hence mobility of pre-professional musicians in the EU, which can be summarised as a lack of support for short-term mobility programmes in professional orchestra and ensemble training.
The reasons for this may be various, but have primarily resulted from the emphasis on long-term educational schemes funded by EU programmes such as Erasmus, including the development of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which, in the wake of the Bologna process, gave enormous incentives for long -term studies abroad.
The concept is to cover for up to 130 musicians sent and hosted within the EFNYO network over a period of 24 months starting from May 01, 2012, and is working on the basis of short-term mobility projects in ensemble and orchestral training of between 10 days and 6 weeks.
The exchange projects will be coordinated and administered by the EFNYO secretariat (based in Vienna) and implemented with the participation of 8 co-organisers (see below) covering all national EFNYO member orchestras and further professional training institutions such as music universities/ conservatoires and music centres, especially in EU countries where national youth orchestras do not (yet) exist.
Besides the activities in short-term training programmes, the project will involve innovative methodology and extensive evaluation methods.
PROJECT IN FOCUS
EFNYO mobility of pre-professional musicians programme “MusXchange”: The programme was developed in 2009 by the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras (EFNYO) as a network of 25 pre-professional youth orchestras covering 22 countries in the EU.
MusXchange aims at reducing a deficit in the training of young musicians resulting from a lack of support to short-term mobility programmes in professional orchestra and ensemble training. The project is based on 15 years of experience of EFNYO members involved in musicians’ exchanges with partner orchestras throughout Europe. Recognising the special characteristics of education and performance in music, MusXchange offers efficient methods of enhancing short-term mobility of young musicians to support their career paths on the European labour market.
Following MusXchange 2009-2011, the EFNYO has successfully applied for a second cycle of the MusXchange programme 2012-2014. The new programme allows exchange projects for another 130 young musicians between 8 co-organisers and 4 associated partners from among EFNYO membership.
You can consult previous reports on the project website.
‘The MusXChange programme of the EFNYO has enabled NYOS to provide invaluable opportunities to its students. This is the great strength of an organisation like NYOS being able to work in an integrated European network; our students have their musical and cultural horizons broadened in ways they could not otherwise have envisaged’.
‘In addition, NYOS has been able to welcome musicians from various parts of Europe to our own projects allowing Scotland’s next generation of orchestral musicians to meet and learn from musicians from the best youth orchestras from elsewhere’.
Chris Bragg NYOS Orchestral Ensembles Manager.
NON UK PARTNERS:
Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, Cyprus
Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy / NJO, Netherlands
Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espana – INAEM, Spain
Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Italy
Orchestre Francais des Jeunes, France
Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra, Finland
Wiener Jeunesse Orchester, Austria