World Amateur Orchestra Festival

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World Federation of Amateur Orchestra Festival 2015

Milan (Italy), September 16th – September 20th, 2015

General information

By decision of the Board of the WFAO (World Federation of Amateur Orchestras) the 2015 World Amateur Orchestra Festival will take place from September 16th (arrival) to September 21th 2015 (departure) in Milan.

Arrival on September 16th is recommended.
The organisation of the WFAO Festival 2015 is in the hands of WFAO and AIMA (Associazione Italiana Musicisti Amatori).
We welcome you to Milan!

1. General Information

1.1. Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition taking place in Milan from May 1 until October 31, 2015. WFAO is extremely proud to be a partner to the cultural offerings of Milan in 2015, contributing to the “Italian capital of music” – home to the famous Italian Conservatorio di Musica and the Teatro alla Scala.

1.2.  Registration. The WFAO Festival is open to amateur musicians of all ages who are current members of WFAO, either individually or through their respective national orchestra association. The participation fee (optional) is € 90, which includes all musical activities and social events. The registration form will be published at the end of this page.

2. The structure WFAO Festival 2015

2.1. The musical programme (subject to change)

Conductors: Mario Gioventù (Part I) and Joe Yamaji (Part II)
Concertmaster: Elena Ponzoni

First Part (conductor: Mario Gioventù):
– G. Puccini: Arias for Soprano from Tosca, Boheme, Madama Butterfly

Second Part (conductor: Joe Yamaji)
– J. Sibelius, Symphony No. 2

2.2. Venues
 Concert performance will be held as part of MiTo Settembre musica Festival at Conservatorio di Milano G. Verdi concert hall.

b) Rehearsal
Rehearsal will be held in Conservatiorio concert hall and in Teatro Sala Fontana.

2.3. The participants 
Young and adult amateur musicians members of WFAO via their national orchestra association or individually are welcome.

3. Logistics

3.1. Travel to Milan
Travel expenses to and from Milan are not included in the registration fee. The central meeting point for the festival is the Teatro Sala Fontana – Via Boltraffio 21 – Milano.
– by air at the airports of Malpensa, Linate and Orio e Serio/Bergamo,
– by train via San Gottardo or Simplon (Switzerland) and Milano Centrale or Brenner (Austria),
– by bus/car.

3.2. Accommodation
Accommodation and meals are at the discretion of each individual participant. WFAO will be glad to provide you with a list of recommended hotels and restaurants within each budget.

3.3. Meals
Meals are at the participants’ discretion.

3.4. Local transportation
Local transport are in any case very efficent and distance from rehearsal rooms, hotel and concert hall not so long. Local shuttle service and the rent of bicycles (limited number available) are options, not included in the participation fee.

4. Costs

4.1. Basic participation fee (optional) is € 90 per person covering
– all musical activities including scores and parts.
– final party

4.2. Payement facilities:
Using PayPal:

Using Bank Account:
Beneficiary Name: WFAO World Federation of Amateur Orchestra
Bank’s name: Post Finance
WFAO USD-Account: CH59 9000 0000 9155 0370 8
WFAO EURO-Account: CH50 0900 0000 9177 8482 5

Download here the pdf

5. Other

5.1 Instrument rental: large instruments such as double bass, timpani and percussion are made available by WFAO Festival management. All other instrumentalists, including cello players, are recommended to bring personal instruments. A limited number of rental celli can be made available by special request. Please inquire for details and pricing.

Optional sightseeing tours can be arranged at the participant’s request. Please inquire for more details and pricing.


The organisers are very much looking forward meeting you in the charming and exciting City of Milano



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