Thank you for your interest in Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong. At Pro Arte, you will be able to play music that you have longed for.
Get into a community that has excellent track record of academic and career development. Pro Arte's musicians have been accepted to professional orchestras, famous music schools world-wide, such as Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Munchen (Germany), Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris (France), the Indiana University Jacob School of Music (USA), Yale University (USA), Manhattan School of Music (USA), and Eastman School of Music (USA), and international music festivals (such as the famous Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and the Youtube Symphony Orchestra).
Collaborate with world-class soloists and conductors. Pro Arte has collaborated with international artists such as SungSic Yang (Sony Classical recording violinist), Sung-Won Yang (exclusive Universal Music cellist), Paul Silverthorne (Principal Viola of London Symphony Orchestra), Jeff Nelsen (Long-time Hornist of the world-renowned Canadian Brass), Edward Auer (the First American prize-winner of the prestigious International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw), Geoffrey Simon (London based conductor who has conducted, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra), Danny Driver (Hyperion recording Pianist with two Gramophone Editor's Choice selections) and Edmund Cord (Former Principal Trumpet of the world-class Israel Philharmonic). In the 2009 - 2010 season, Pro Arte performed the complete symphony of Mahler 4 with renowned Korean soprano In-hye Kim. The concert drew tumultuous applause by the audience and positive reviews from international music critics and media.
Receive pre-professional training in professional engagements. Many of our scholarship recipients have already played with professional orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, either as extra players or regular players. Selected experienced players in Pro Arte also get chances to represent the Orchestra in professional engagements like accompanying the famous IL DIVO operatic quartet, and numerous inter-institutional concerts as soloists or chamber musicians.
Extend musical knowledge, instrumental proficiency and repertoire. Under the guidance of our Music Director, guest conductors and coaches, musicians in Pro Arte get to walk through repertoire that are of significance, learning the meaning and significance of such works and tackle specific problems of each piece. This provides a paradigm that is essential for personal and musical success. No wonder Pro Arte alumni are everywhere in significant music schools and professional orchestra worldwide!
Before you proceed with the application, please read the audition brochure carefully (with the application form) to make sure that you understand the objectives of our orchestra, you may download the audition brochure at this link.
Then, you may apply through the internet by clicking this link or print out the application form and mail the form to us according to the instructions in the brochure.
Birthdate must fall on or after September 1, 1989 ABRSM Grade 8 or equivalent
Application Deadline and Audition Fees
Audition is open for application from 1 May to 31 August 2014, and all applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (ie the orchestra will stop taking audition application as long as all orchestra positions are filled up. So it is to the applicant’s advantage to apply and schedule an audition with us as early as possible). Auditions will be held from mid-May to August of 2014. Candidates will be notified of the audition date and time by emails.
Early-bird Application Deadline: On or Before 13 June 2014 - Audition Fee HK$100 (non-refundable) After Early-bird Application Deadline: Audition HK$150 (non-refundable)
Audition places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please write a crossed cheque payable to “Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong Limited” or deposit the audition fee into Bank of China account No. 01269700035761.
Audition music for the orchestral excerpts will be emailed to the candidates with confirmed appointments.
1. Application Form fully completed (after reading our audition brochure) 2. A Photo of the Applicant 3. Non-refundable audition fee (see above) in form of a crossed cheque or a bank deposit slip