Summer Music Camp

NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp

2017 Audition Application Form

About the Camp



The International Youth Orchestra Camp presented by the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (hereafter referred to as the NTSO) offers an invigorating environment for outstanding young musicians to take lessons from professional musicians and most sought-after teachers, and to participate in the youth orchestra for performances in major concert halls. All faculty members are renowned musicians from the most elite conservatories and orchestras around the world. Students will have opportunities for private one-on-one instructions, orchestral training, as well as participating in public master classes during the camp.



July 10th -24th, 2017



Taichung, Taiwan (NTSO Wu-Feng campus)


Rehearsal Camp

July 10th -21st, 2017



Taichung, Taiwan (NTSO Wu-Feng campus)



After completion of lessons and rehearsals in the camp, the international youth orchestra is scheduled to perform concerts in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Taipei between July 22nd to 24th, 2017.


Camp Accommodation:

All camp participants will be housed in the Classic Delight Hotel on Wu-Feng campus. All rooms are air-conditioned, and all meals are included.


Camp Activities

All camp participants are eligible for private individualized lessons. Other activities include orchestral rehearsals, sectional coach, conducting (elective), chamber music, lectures, master classes, faculty concerts and cultural and sightseeing trips.


Music Camp Faculty

Artistic Director and Conductor: Mei-Ann CHEN

A passionate force both on and off the conductor’s podium, Mei-Ann Chen is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, with a growing international guest conducting career, Mei-Ann Chen is among a distinguished and respected group that are impacting the industry with imagination and innovation.

Ms. Chen has been the only woman to win the prestigious Malko Competition and was recently voted by Musical America’s editors as a Top 30 Influencers in 2015.


Violin: Keng-Yuen Tseng

A native of Taiwan, Keng-Yuen Tseng began studying the violin at the age of five and made his performing debut at the age of seven. In 1980 Mr. Tseng was awarded a full scholarship at Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Erick Friedman.

In 1990, Mr. Tseng received the award for best interpretation of a new composition at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Three years later, he triumphed at the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium by winning the Silver Medal. Mr. Tseng has performed in recitals and as soloist with orchestras throughout the US, Europe, Central and South America, and the Far East.

Mr. Tseng is currently a violin faculty at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. In addition, he also serves as the Artistic Director of Phoenix Arts Management and is a recording artist under both Dynamic and SYArts label.



Music Camp Faculty


TSENG, Keng -Yuen -Professor at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

LIN, Swang -Associate Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Pu, William -Former Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

FOO Say Ming -Violin Musician of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

HSIEH, Pei-Yin -Concertmaster of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

CHANG, Ray-Chou -Concertmaster of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



CHANG, Li-Kuo -Assistant Principal Viola of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CHAO, Yi-Wen -D.M.A of the Juilliard School

HSIAO, Hui-Chu -Principal Viola of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



CHEN, Nan-Cheng -Adjunct Faculty at CUNY Queens College

LIU, Meng-Jhen -Cello Musician of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra


Double Bass

LIU, Ju-Fang -Principal D. Bass of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

LU, Meng-Chun -Principal D. Bass of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



 CHEN, Tanya - Principal Flute of the National Symphony Orchestra



 HSUEH, Chiu-Wen - Principal Clarinet of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



 TIEN, Yung-Nyen - Principal Clarinet of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



 HSÜ, Chia-Chü -Former General Director & Principal Bassoon of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra



 WANG, Yu-Quan - Principal Horn des Orchesters der Vereinigten Bühnen Wiens



 David Bamonte - Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra



 LIN, Heng-Chih -Associate Principal of the Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg



 DUAN, Fu-Hsuan - Professor of the Chinese Culture University



 TSAI, Che-Ming - Percussion Musician of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



 WANG, Yuh-Wen - Harp Musician of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra


Other sections are guided by the principal members of the NTSO and well-known Taiwanese musicians.


How to apply

Advanced musical training is a prerequisite. Applicants born between 1994 and 2003 including foreign nationals and oversea Taiwanese students may apply. Audition process takes place live in person (in Taiwan) or via DVD video. All applicants will be notified of the audition result after the audition process is complete.


Applications are accepted between January 1st to March 22nd, 2017. Please send application to: NTSO, No. 738-2, ZhongZheng Road, WuFeng Dist., Taichung City 41341, Taiwan, R. O. C.



All applications must be postmarked by March 22nd, 2017. Application package should include (a) Registration form, (b) Recommendation letter from teacher, advisor or the senior staff of an orchestra to which you are currently a member, (c) Photocopy of student certificate or student ID card, (d) Photocopy of passport, (e) Individual DVD recording.

Please type item (a) and (b) in the attached file of this application form.


Audition DVD recording should include the following:

a. A piece of your own choice that demonstrates your skill. For example, one allegro movement from concerto, solo work or major sonata. Percussion audition is not limited to one specific instrument.

b. A specified orchestral excerpt (for sheet music, please enter the NTSO website, click the orchestra camp brochure and download)


Admitted students will be announced on the NTSO website before May 15th, 2017, and will be notified by e-mail and/or mail.


Instruments for Audition (The NTSO judging panel reserves the right to set the number of musicians admitted)

01 Violin

02 Viola

03 Cello

04 D. Bass

05 Flute (Piccolo available too)

06 Oboe (English Horn available too)

07 Clarinet

08 Bassoon (Contra Bassoon available too)

09 French Horn

10 Trumpet

11 Trombone

12 Tuba

13 Percussion

14 Harp



TWD $10,000. (the tuition will be payable in cash upon arrival at the camp site). The tuition includes hotel lodging, meals, rehearsal and lesson facilities, sightseeing trips, private lessons, travel insurance and all transportation to and from concert venues, and administrative fees.

The student is responsible for travel to and from Taichung campus.


Contact information

Mr. Thomas (LIN, Shih-Hsun )

Research & Promotion Division,

National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

Tel: 04-23391141 ex.162


Fax: 04-23304094

Address: No.738-2, Zhongzheng Rd., Wufeng Dist., Taichung City 41341, Taiwan, R. O. C.

Directed: Directed by Ministry of Culture

Organizer: Organized by National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra


*The organizer reserves the rights to change any content of these activities.