Activities & Opportunities

Opportunities for Ensembles


The EU-funded project ECMA Pro offers ADDITIONAL TRAININGS DURING ECMA SESSIONS and beyond that will provide ECMA ensembles with skills to better and more autonomously plan and implement their careers.

Lectures, workshops and coaching sessions during ECMA sessions and online:

  • Career Skills Trainings: e.g. business planning, marketing, presentation techniques
  • New Performance Format Trainings: reflection on performance formats and  development of own specific performance projects

Ensembles are invited to participate in:

  • Showcases: master classes and performances for a professional audience (concert promoters, concert and festival organizers)
  • ECMA Musethica sessions: intense performance training with social impact (https://musethica.org/)

Travel grants for ensembles:
Ensembles are invited to apply for travel grants to participate in the individual trainings and sessions. Calls for application will be published for each individual session or activity. Ensembles to receive these travel grants will be selected by a board of experts and ECMA Artistic Directors.

Download detailed information about travel grants

 

In addition to these activities, several online platforms are being developed in order to provide ensembles with relevant information and the possibility for promotion.

Digital platforms to be developed include:

  • ECMA Digital Knowledge Centre of Teaching Chamber Music: video tutorials and further teaching and learning materials on teaching Chamber Music
  • ECMA Career Development Switchboard: promotion platform to connect ensembles & concert promoters and concert and festival organizers
  • ECMA Digital Career Skills Platform: learning material on Career Skills trainings

Career Skills Trainings


In addition to the artistic training at ECMA sessions, ECMA Pro provides ADDITIONAL TRAININGS during the sessions and beyond.

Career skills trainings are intended to provide the ensembles and individual artists with the essential career skills needed to develop and grow their careers in a rapidly changing professional environment. A general aim of ECMA Pro career skills trainings is to change the mindsets of the ensembles and individual artists, and to create an awareness of the necessity of acquiring skills to actively and autonomously plan and develop their artistic careers.

Career skills trainings are offered in thematic areas such as business planning, project management, marketing online and offline, legal questions, networking, communication and self-presentation, performance training, the music industry and general professional preparation.

 

Coming Career Skills Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna 30 May-5 June 2022

Lecturers: Andreas Sönning – Sonia Simmenauer – Harald Haslmayer

Fiesole 18-23 July 2022

Lecturer: Francesca Della Monica

The Hague 19-25 October 2022

Lecturer: Andreas Vierziger

Fiesole 2023
Vilnius 2024

 

Past Career Skills Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna, 24 – 30 May 2021

Online Workshop What’s the point of MY music?
What is our source or our spirit? What makes us burning for what we do? Do we as an ensemble have a common „why“ that motivates us to make important career decisions and take career steps together that will take us where we want to go?
Pre-session online workshop and plenary discussion during the live session.
Facilitator: Kirsten Peters, intakt Coaching

Fiesole 26 – 31 July 2021

Videos and workshop Communication – presentation – self-management
Pre-session videos and hybrid workshop during the session.
Facilitator: Claudia Vilanek

The Hague 14 – 20 Oct 2021

Hybrid hands-on workshop during the session Video marketing
Three ensembles were placed on stage in a concert hall, while Peter Maniura was visible on a large screen, teaching from London. The stage was fitted with microphones to facilitate direct interaction. Ensembles were given instruction on how to communicate a message through media. Through a myriad of examples, they learned which modes of communication can be sticky, memorable, or inspiring. The ensembles were then assigned to create a video for social media within just a few hours. The workshop ended with a presentation of the videos and a discussion of the outcomes.
Facilitator: Peter Maniura, IMZ


New Performance Format Trainings


In addition to the artistic training offered at ECMA sessions, ECMA Pro provides ADDITIONAL TRAININGS during the sessions and beyond.

New Performance Format trainings within ECMA Pro are intended to provide students with insights into innovative or unusual concert formats; the opportunity to explore new ways of performing and/or engaging with their audiences; and support them to develop their own specific approaches to perform both in traditional as well as in unusual concert venues.mECMA ensembles shall be made aware that they need the full ECMA experience, that it makes sense for them to work on every part of their careers – not only the artistic quality, but also the quality of the ensemble’s portfolio, their marketing, business, presentation skills etc.

 

Coming New Performance Format Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna 30 May-5 June 2022

Lecturers: Andreas Sönning – Sonia Simmenauer – Harald Haslmayer

Fiesole 18-23 July 2022

Lecturer: Francesca Della Monica

The Hague 19-25 October 2022

Lecturer: Andreas Vierziger

Fiesole 2023
Vilnius 2024

 

Past New Performance Format Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna, 24 – 30 May 2021

Hands-on workshop Let’s Play
The workshop encouraged the participating ensembles to harness playfulness in their musical and interpersonal collaboration. Thomas Toppler: “To play entails nothing more than to look: What’s in the text? How softly can we play, how well can we serve the leading part, how closely can we listen to the intonation? If I define all that as a game, it makes me more open and more daring. There’s no longer any fear of failure: we just try things out, and if we like the game we’re playing, then everyone knows what to do.” More information here.
Facilitator: Thomas Toppler, percussionist and director

Fiesole 26 – 31 July 2021

Input and discussion with Alexander Lonquich, artistic director of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, IT/DE
Input and discussion with Ricardo Castro, pianist and conductor, BRA

The Hague 14 – 20 Oct 2021

Workshop New Audiences and Performance Formats
Hands-on workshop during the session: Renee zoomed in on how to create new presentation formats, and how to use music programming skills to create different responses from audiences. Ensembles created a live performance on stage that would be new or surprising to an audience. The ensembles presented their innovative formats, with one of the ensembles creating a auditory field on stage that audience members could move through to explore different sonic perspectives.
Facilitator: Renee Jonker, KC


ECMA Showcases


A series of showcases provides a unique opportunity to present ECMA ensembles to representatives from the music industry – to agents, concert promoters and festival organizers as well as to the general public. Showcases are both hosted during the regular ECMA sessions and at the international festival in Ghent and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. They include coaching by renowned teachers and performances during the concert programming of the festivals and academies.

 

Coming ECMA Showcases

Flanders Festival Gent 20-23 September 2022
ECMA Session Paris October 2022
Budapest February 2023
ECMA Session Oslo April 2023
Flanders Festival Gent September 2023
ECMA Session The Hague October 2023
Budapest February 2024
ECMA Session Vienna/Grafenegg May 2024

 

Past ECMA Showcases

Gent Festival – 13-16 September 2021
Ensembles

Trio Bohemo – Chaos String Quartet – Kebyart Saxophone Quartet – Selini Quartet

Teachers

Karla Haltenwanger – Patrick Jüdt – Johannes Meissl

Budapest – 4-6 November 2021
Ensembles

Trio Bohemo – Chaos String Quartet – Echéa Quartet – Trio Incendio

Teachers

Hatto Beyerle – Minna Pensola

Budapest – 8 – 10 April 2022
Ensembles

Trio Hélios – Zorá Quartet – Trio Carmine

Teachers

Patrick Jüdt – Karla Haltenwanger


ECMA Musethica


Musethica is an integral part of several ECMA sessions until 2024: at each session, two ensembles will take part in the Musethica training. Each ensemble has the opportunity to play between 10-14 concerts of solo and chamber music works. After two days of rehearsals and masterclasses, each ensemble plays concerts in different parts of the community: in social institutions such as hospitals, nurseries, schools for children with special needs, psychiatric institutions, refugee homes, homeless centers and prisons among many others. The audience of these concerts is a diverse, honest and demanding audience.

The concerts are the basis of Musethica’s methodological approach to teaching of classical music performing: As long as the students consider each concert as the most important concert, they will see a notable positive change in their performing in public concerts at traditional halls.

 

Coming ECMA Musethica Sessions

Vilnius 22-27 June 2022
Paris November 2022
Vienna/Grafenegg May 2023
Fiesole July 2024

 

Past ECMA Musethica Sessions

The Hague, 14-20 October 2021
Ensemble

Quatuor Magenta

Teacher

Avri Levitan

 

Oslo, 1-8 November 2021
Ensembles

Artel Quartet – Zorá Quartet

Teachers

Avri Levitan – Are Sandbakken