Summer Music Camp

NTSO International Youth Orchestra Camp 

2018 Audition Application Form 

About the Camp



TheInternational Youth Orchestra Camp presented by the National Taiwan SymphonyOrchestra (hereafter referred to as the NTSO) offers an invigoratingenvironment for outstanding young musicians to take lessons from professionalmusicians and most sought-after teachers, and to participate in the youthorchestra for performances in major concert halls.  All faculty members are renowned musiciansfrom the most elite conservatories and orchestras around the world.  Students will have opportunities for privateone-on-one instructions, orchestral training, as well as participating inpublic master classes during the camp. 



August 14th -26th, 2018



Taichung, Taiwan (NTSO Wu-Feng campus) 


Rehearsal Camp

August 14th -23rd, 201


Registration Date

December18th,2017 to March 2nd, 2018 



Aftercompletion of lessons and rehearsals in the camp, the international youthorchestra is scheduled to perform concerts in Taichung, Pingtung and Taipei between August 24th to 26th, 2018.


Camp Accommodation: 

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


Camp Activities

All camp participants are eligible for privateindividualized lessons. Other activities include orchestral rehearsals,sectional coach, conducting (elective),chamber music, lectures, master classes, faculty concerts and cultural andsightseeing 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 Directorof the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011,with a growing international guest conducting career, Mei-Ann Chen is among adistinguished and respected group that are impacting the industry withimagination and innovation.

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


Piano: Ellen Lee

Ellen Lee was born in Cambridge, Mass. USA in 1998.She then returned to Taiwan with her parents and received education there. Ellen started her piano lessons with Professor Tian-yi Chiang at the ageof 5. She then entered the Private Catholic Guangren Elementary School andGuting Elementary School and studied piano with Professor Chiao-han Liao andProfessor Tian-yi Chiang. In 2011, Ellen Lee entered the Music Curriculum of the Junior High Section of TheAffiliated High School of National Taiwan Normal Univ. There, as a piano major,she became student of Professor Rolf-Peter Wille. In the fall 2013, Ellen Leeentered the IFF program (Institut zur Früh-Förderung musikalisch Hochbegabter) of Hochschule für Musik, Theater und MedienHannover and studied with Professor Bernd Goetzke.


Music Camp Faculty


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

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

JustinBruns - Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

LaurenRoth - Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

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

HSU,Chen-yu - Principal 2nd Violin of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra




CHUANG, Meng-Hsun -NewEngland Conservatory of Music, Viola Doctor of Musical Arts

HSIAO, Hui-Chu -Principal Viola of theNational Taiwan Symphony Orchestra 



PAN, Yi-tzu - PrincipalCello of the Gulyang Symphony Orchestra

CHEN, Ting- Wei -Cello Musician of theNational Taiwan Symphony Orchestra 


Double Bass

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

LIU, Ya-Wei - D. Bass Musician of the NationalTaiwan Symphony Orchestra



CHEN,Tanya -Principal Flute of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra

Anders Norell - Principal Flute of theNational Symphony Orchestra



HSUEH, Chiu-Wen -Principal Oboeof the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



Werner Raabe - Klarinette Professor of theMusikhochschule MünsterTheater MünsterSinfonieorchestra Klarinette Solo



HSÜ, Chia-Chü -Former GeneralDirector & PrincipalBassoonof the TaipeiSymphony Orchestra



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



David Bamonte - Assistant Principal Trumpet of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra



Sascha Hois - Associate Principal ofthe Vienna Radio SymphonyOrchestra



CHEN, Chien-Hsun -Tuba Musician of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra



TSAI, Che-Ming -PercussionMusician of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra



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


How to apply

Advancedmusical training is a prerequisite. Applicants born between 1995 and 2004 including foreignnationals and oversea Taiwanese students may apply. Audition process takesplace live in person (in Taiwan) or via DVD video. All applicants will benotified of the audition result after the audition process is complete.



Applicationsare accepted between December 18th, 2017 to March 2nd, 2018. Please sendapplication to: NTSO, No. 738-2, ZhongZheng Road, WuFeng Dist., Taichung City41341, Taiwan, R. O. C.



Allapplications must be postmarked by February 23th, 2018. Application package should include (a) Registration form, (b)Recommendation letter from teacher, advisor or the senior staff of an orchestrato which you are currently a member, (c) Photocopy of student certificate orstudent ID card, (d) Photocopy of passport, (e) Individual DVD recording.

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


AuditionDVD recording should include the following:

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

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


Admittedstudents will be announced on the NTSO website before April 16th, 2018, and will be notified bye-mail and/or mail.


Instruments for Audition (The NTSO judging panelreserves 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 uponarrival at the camp site). The tuition includes hotel lodging, meals, rehearsaland lesson facilities, sightseeing trips, private lessons, travel insurance andall transportation to and from concert venues, and administrative fees.

The student is responsible for travel to and fromTaichung campus.


Contact information

Mr. Tsai (TSAI, Cheng-Chia )

Officers of Research & PromotionDivision,

National Taiwan SymphonyOrchestra

Tel: +886-4-23332162 


Fax: +886-4-23304094

Address: No.738-1, 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 contentof these activities.