WBAS Youth Band Festival
9 - 15 December 2019
PHOTO: WBAS Youth Band Festival, Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore
Audition Call for Musicians
Open to all band students from primary school to university level, the WBAS Youth Band Festival aims to provide an exciting and dynamic platform for Singapore’s serious young musicians to make great music in a highly collaborative setting. Band students will experience advanced band musical literature, learn to develop ownership to a culture of excellence, be it musical or extra-musical, cultivated in a highly collaborative setting and develop friendship through music to effect sharing of best practices and exchange of ideas in a healthily competitive environment.
In this youth band festival, participants will take part in rehearsals and workshops spanning a total of four days and will be mentored by high-profiled music educators from both local and overseas institutions with sectionals taught by professional musicians. Participants will also get to perform at the Finale Concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall on 15th of December 2019.
Past conductors that we have worked with includes: Mark Heron (UK), Bjorn Stagstad (Norway), Apo Hsu (Taiwan), Toru Miura (Japan) David Waybright (USA), Masanori Fukuda (Japan), Lien Boon Hua (Singapore), Seow Yibin (Singapore), Quek Boon Hui (Singapore), Mohd Faizal (Singapore), Adrian Chiang (Singapore), Tay Kai Tze (Singapore) .
This year, we are happy to have conductors Felix Hauswirth, Wilson Ong and Yeo Jieyuan and a team of professional instrument tutors work with us for the WBAS Youth Band Festival!
All interested students are required to take an audition to confirm the acceptance of participation. Selected musicians will be allocated into three ensembles of different age and repertoire.
Positions are open for all wind band instruments: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Euphonium, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion and Double Bass.
Musicians who are able to play a secondary instrument such as Piccolo, cor anglais, Eb Clarinet, Piano, should also audition with a secondary instrument. Percussionists must be able to perform on both tuned and untuned instruments (drums and mallets).
The Junior Band is made up of young, talented music lovers. Though their volume is indirectly proportional to their age- the ever jolly junior band never fails to spur on each other’s curiosity to learn more in music-making.
The Symphonic Band is made up of highly spirited, energetic youths who enjoy playing exciting and fun wind band music while developing friendship.
The Wind Orchestra is made up of more mature students who enjoy the challenges of advanced works and journey together to explore lesser-known repertoire.
Why, When & How?
Professional faculty members teaching at sectionals and full band rehearsals
Workshop and clinics with professional faculty for all students
Repertoire of varying challenges for students at different levels
Team building activities to boost learning and interaction among Singapore’s talented young musicians
Participating students will receive:
Certificate of Participation
Lunches on all days except concert day
Dinner on 15th December
Discounts on concert tickets for family and friends
9 - 14 December 2019
15 December 2019,
Esplanade Concert Hall
Festival Participation Fee
SGD75 per participant.
Note: Local students are allowed to use Edusave for this programme (pending approval from school)
Only students who are able to attend all days of rehearsals and concert of band festival may apply for audition.
All participants are to attend the “live” audition on 24 or 31 August
For the audition, candidates will be required to play the following:
Date: 24 and 31 August 2019 (candidate may only attend one session of the audition)
Audition Fee: $5*
Time: 10am to 3pm
Venue: UTown, NUS
Tips on preparing for a live audition
* Fee will become part of band festival participation fee if candidate pass audition.