Orchestra Academy – Training of Future Professional Musicians
At the universities and colleges of music, music students learn to master their instruments technically and develop artistic skills. However, most graduates do not pursue a career as soloists but work in ensembles. Thanks to special promotional programmes, now young musicians can find out during their training what everyday life as an orchestral musician brings in the way of challenges and difficulties, as well as exciting and uplifting moments. The Orchestra Academy of the RSB was established for this purpose in 2002.
Mentored Orchestra: the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie
The best string instrumentalists from the Federal Republic’s music schools come together in Germany’s the youngest top-tier orchestra. The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin is the official mentoring orchestra, certified by Jeunesses Musicales, of the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, and since the latter’s foundation it has provided teachers for work in the ensemble. Over the course of time, the DSP has developed its characteristic, fully homogeneous string sound.
Partnership with Schools
In the past the RSB has cooperated with a range of schools. Since 2011, it has been participating in the programme “KÜNSTE & SCHULE – Partnerschaften für Berlin” run by the “Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH”. This programme involves building up a binding, close and long-term cooperation between a cultural institution and a specific school.
The RSB’s partner is the Konrad Aghad School in Neukölln. The introductory-phase projects have been completed and in future the pupils will become more and more involved in practical music making. In December 2012 the first step towards this was taken, with the development and musical and dramatic performance of episodes from Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird” ballet together with 5th and 6th year classes. In addition, there are plans for instrumental workshops and the realisation of further concerts and dramatic projects. Schools interested in collaboration with the RSB are welcome to contact Rudolf Döbler, the orchestra’s schools representative, at any time.
Rehearsal Visits to the RSB
“So what do musicians do in the daytime?” This question is posed by a number of people who are not familiar with the content of a professional musician’s life and only perceive his concert work. But there is a great deal of concentrated preparation work behind any ensemble’s public appearances. In order to get some sense of what it means to develop a perfect concert sound with more than 90 musicians in different instrumental groups and to see what tasks the conductor faces, school groups may visit the orchestra’s rehearsals upon prior arrangement with the RSB’s schools representative.