Each year the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra takes on a dynamic new identity with the participation of both returning and new musicians. Through nationwide auditions, an extremely talented group of young professionals and students of many nationalities is selected to form the Festival resident ensemble. The Orchestra works with Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, as well as with guest conductors in opera, symphonic, choral, chamber, and contemporary music performances.
The Festival Orchestra is central to the international excellence of performances at Spoleto Festival USA and has over the years proven to be one of the finest opportunities for young musicians to gain extensive performance experience. Alumni of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra can be found in almost every professional orchestra in the United States and many abroad.
For the 2014 Festival, the Orchestra will perform in opera productions of Janacek’s Kát’a Kabanová, John Adams’ El Niño, and the American Premiere of Michael Nyman’s Facing Goya. Orchestral programs will include music of Adams, Andriessen, Barber, Bartók, Beethoven, Britten, Glass, Handel, Michael Gordon, Pärt, and others. In addition to Mr. Kennedy, the orchestra will work with conductors including Joana Carneiro, Anne Manson, and Joe Miller.
Spoleto Festival USA will be held in Charleston, SC from May 23 – June 8, 2014. Dates of employment for the Festival Orchestra will be approximately May 12 – June 7, 2014. Those accepted into the Festival Orchestra are expected to be available for all rehearsals and all performances during the full term of employment.
The audition process has concluded for the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Information for next year’s festival will posted in November 2014.