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US Chamber 2020

28th of October – 1st of November 2020.

Application form online at Fluidreview.

Application, with motivational letter and video recording, deadline 6th of September 2020

Artistic content

The Norwegian National Youth Orchestra will from year 2020 arrange two yearly chamber orchestra courses. This is a new and exceptional offer where the focus will be on learning and experience chamber musical interactions instructed by great international musicians who alternates between the roles of soloist and orchestra leader. The course will set high demands on mental and physical presence through offensive playing and thus contribute to a holistic and unified sound. The goal is to refine and enhance chamber musical initiative and mindset.

It is desired that participants of the chamber orchestra will form a strengthened core of the symphony orchestra of the Summer course, with higher degree of responsibilities and as sectional leaders. With an established chamber orchestra as foundation, the symphony orchestra will be lifted artistically and socially.

In the chamber orchestra we strive to create a professional setting with schedules equivalent to the schedules in professional orchestras/ensembles. It is expected that the participants study the repertoire in advance and is well prepared for the first rehearsal.  

The orchestra will consist of 35-45 musicians, and the instrumentation will depend on the repertoire. For the autumn course 2020 this will be the instrumentation:

2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 2 trumpets, 1 timpani, strings

Soloist and orchestral leader: Gordan Nikolic
Instructor: Andrew Marriner

Beethoven Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Concert: 1st of November, Stavanger Concert Hall


About the course

Ever since its beginning in 1973, the Norwegian National Youth Orchestra has arranged an intense summer course in Elverum in Norway. The orchestra want to become more visible in Norway and the chamber orchestra will therefore be an ambulatory course and have varying locations, preferably in the bigger cities. The ambition is to arrange one course in the spring and one in the fall additionally to the Summer Course.

The course is free of charge

The course, including accommodation and meals, is free of charge.


The participant has is required to have their own health-, travel-, and instrument insurance.


Leave is only granted by application in writing to the administration of Ungdomssymfonikerne. Applicants who pull out after signing the contract, can be held responsible for the costs resulting from this, depending on cause of breach of contract. In case of illness, you need to provide a sick note from a doctor.



Application with motivational letter and video recording of selected repertoire (solo piece and orchestral excerpts) is to be registered through  within the application deadline 6th of September.


Motivational letter

Motivational letter (about ½ A4 page) where you tell us about why you are interested in participating in the course and what you aim to achieve by attending the course.


After registering in the application platform, FluidReview, you will find the repertoire and orchestra excerpts for your instrument under “resources”. Recording of the solo piece and the orchestra excerpts should be in one-take. Place a watch in the background to ensure that the jury can see that the recording is done in one take. There are no technical requirements for the recording, but it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that the quality of the recording is adequate for their instrument.

It is an advantage to be a former participant in the orchestra, but other applicants are welcome. For future chamber orchestra courses the audition for the Summer course will be the basis for admission in addition to assessment of efforts during the Summer course, motivational letter and recommendation letters.



Due to the ongoing covid 19- pandemic changes might occur affecting the course, also shortly before the course start. Ungdomssymfonikerne  follows the Norwegian governments regulations and guidelines regarding health and safety and strive to create a safe course for everyone.

Questions regarding the course or the application process can be directed to: