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Our Shanghai Adventure Begins!

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Shanghai Orchestra Academy (SOA), a collaboration between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, opened its inaugural year today. A Philharmonic delegation, including the musicians who are serving on the faculty during the SOA’s intensive two-week opener, met fellow instructors and students and observed rehearsals.

The opening activities include coaching, master classes, and lectures by nine New York Philharmonic musicians, and culminate in the opening concert of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Hall — featuring musicians from the Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Orchestra Academy and led by Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Music Director and SOA President Long Yu — on September 12.

These opening weeks launch the four-year Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, a collaboration between the New York Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra that includes both the SOA and annual performance residencies by the New York Philharmonic.

Above, Flute and piccolo Mindy Kaufman with two SOA students. Below, Acting Associate Principal Bass Max Zeugner addressing SOA faculty, with Long Yu in the background.

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Principal Oboe Liang Wang meeting a student.

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Below, Principal Horn Philip Myers with SOA faculty.

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Below, the faculty, including Max Zeugner, Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Acting Concertmaster Sheryl Staples, at string placement auditions.

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Below, Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair at an inaugural "Meet and Greet" event attended by musicians and administrators of the orchestras behind the SOA.

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Below, Staples at the Meet and Greet.

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SOA Accepting Applications

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Are you or is someone you know the next Liang Wang?

Shanghai Orchestra Academy — a partnership between the New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music — aims to train emerging musicians to become eminent performing artists in orchestras around the world. And it recently began accepting applications. The application window closes October 20.

Good luck to all applicants!

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