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Application Deadline EXTENDED!
January 1, 2024

Western New York Chamber Orchestra at Harry King Hall at The SUNY at Fredonia

Western New York Chamber Orchestra at Harry King Hall at The SUNY at Fredonia

Selected Soloists will be presented at the colORCHESTRA concert with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra on Thursday March 28, 2024 at 7:30pm EST, in Harry King Concert Hall at The SUNY at Fredonia
280 Central Ave, Fredonia, NY 14063, under the baton of Maestro Glen Cortese.
Rehearsals with WNYCO at Harry King Concert Hall are scheduled for
Tuesday March 26, and Wednesday March 27, 2024 at 7:30pm-10:00 pm EST

The concert will be Broadcast Live by Virtual Concert Halls on various public channels on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Twitch, among other platforms
Video of the concert will stay available for playbacks on the channels.

Soloists will participate in interviews for media and other activities associated with the event.

Important dates:
January, 2024 (dates TBA) - Streaming technology seminar in preparation for Live Audition
January 21-22, 2024 - Live Auditions. Broadcast on video and social platforms. Meet the Judges and the Music Director.
March 26 - 27, 2024 - Rehearsals
March 28, 2024 - Concert

No age restrictions.
For sample of accepted Concertos, Arias and other vocal works - click below "Repertory" button

Meet the Orchestra

The Western New York Chamber Orchestra is an established regional treasure of Chautauqua County, sharing music and excellence for more than 30 years. WNYCO has a 33-year history of excellence serving Chautauqua County. The musicians’ love of music and of this orchestra brings them from all over Western New York and Pennsylvania to rehearse and perform together. This ensemble of outstanding players includes faculty at the Fredonia School of Music (SUNY Fredonia) and professional musicians from Buffalo, Rochester, and Erie, Pennsylvania.

Meet the Conductor

GLEN CORTESE begins his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Schenectady Symphony orchestra and his eighteenth season as artistic director of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra. He completed twelve successful seasons as music director of the Greeley Philharmonic and was also named music director emeritus of the Oregon Mozart Players after serving as artistic director for nine seasons. His recent guest engagements have included the Eugene Opera, Madison Lyric Stage, The Three Tenors Concert in Tirana Albania to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the independence of Kososvo, RTSH Radio Orchestra (Albania) Emerald City Opera, Opera Fort Collins, Wolftrap Opera, The Charleston Symphony, the Sapporo Festival Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Orchestra the Sofia Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Mexico City Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, the Lafayette Symphony, the Billings Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Cleveland, and the Annapolis Symphony.
His work at the Manhattan School of Music included the school’s debut performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and City Center as well as the MSM Orchestra’s first performance on “Live from Lincoln Center”.
In the opera and music theater world he has conducted Turn of the Screw, Beatirce and Benedict, Candide, Little Women, Othello, West Side Story, Phantom, Les Miserbales and My Fair Lady in the last several seasons.

Application and Audition Process

Application form is DUE by the EXTENDED DEADLINE January 1, 2024
Upload video of any piece (with or without accompaniment). YouTube or Google Drive links are accepted
Application fee $50

Selected musicians will be invited to audition live on a public Internet TV Broadcast* and will receive a preparation tech session with VCHS Broadcast Engineers.
You will meet the Judges during Live Audition.
Live Auditions are held virtually.
Live Auditions are judged in real time.
Judges provide participants with immediate on-air feedback.
During the live audition participants will be able to speak with Judges.
• The judges’ decisions are final and may not be contested.
• To participate in the live online auditions, each musician must prepare required technical setup
Live Audition Fee - $200
*Fee includes the Technology Preparation session with A/V and Broadcast engineers

You will be notified about your acceptance into the colORCHESTRA program


Application and video pre-screening - $50
Live Audition - $200
Performance - NO FEE ($0)

Selected soloists are expected to cover their own travel expenses.

Upon request colORCHESTRA provides supporting documentation for selected soloists' visa applications.

Selected soloists may request press releases, letters of recommendation, confirmations of their participation in the concert, in support of the soloist's grants applications.

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