Conservatory students from the Netherlands and Belgium as well as Dutch students at conservatories elsewhere, aged between 18 and 26 years old, can participate in various orchestra' and projects of the National Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands (NJO) after selection through auditions. NJO projects include a symphony orchestra, various ensembles and special programs during the NJO Summer Festival (NJO Muziekzomer Gelderland). These orchestras and projects bridge the mainly individual, on technique and theoery oriented, conservatory training and the professional practice. All projects and productions of the NJO lead to one or more performances for an audience. Sometimes one-off and tailor-made for a specific occasion, but usually multiple, public performances.
As a music student you will experience the power of creating and working together with various top conductors, coaches and other professional, creative makers at the NJO. This contributes to new inspiration, to different visions and interpretations of the music performed and to the development of your individuality as a musician. During the projects we also organize coaching sessions on musicological backgrounds, physical and mental health, injury prevention, career development, entrepreneurship and profiling & marketing. Read more about talent development at the NJO on the website of the National Youth Orchestras of the Netherlands (NJON), the organization behind the NJO.
At the end of the learning process at NJO, there are various extra options to prepare for professional practice. For example, the NJON also facilitate participation in international exchange projects, (pre)professional collaboration projects with performing arts institutions and /or participation in international youth orchestras such as the European Union Youth Orchestra. Take a look at the options under International Partners.
Students at both classical and jazz departments at the Dutch conservatories, may want to participate also in Jong Metropole, an orchestra specialised in symphonic pop and jazz. Jong Metropole is a collaboration between the NJO, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NJJO) and the Metropole Orkest.