OSM Camerata wins 2018 International ICTUS Music Competition USA

09.2018  The Odeion School of Music Camerata (OSMC) won the 2018 International ICTUS Muisc Competition USA (category Orchestra/Band/Wind Ensemble Competition University/Conservatory) for the second time consecutively.

This year the OSMC is sharing the first prize with the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr. Thomas Dickey, Conductor Oklahoma State University USA.  The OSMC’s competition recital for 2018 was conducted by its principle conductor Xavier Cloete.  Violist, Elsabé Raath joined the OSMC artistic team in 2017 in the capacity as string clinician. Ms Raath also made her debut as conductor during the 2018 ICTUS Music Competition where she conducted O Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messiaen. The OSMC’s concert programme for ICTUS 2018 also consisted also of works by Jacobus Gallus/Lance Phillip, Béla Bartók, Pēteris Vasks/Keith Moss as well as Johann Sebastian Bach.

For the 2018 ICTUS Music Competition there were combined applicants from 13 countries and 13 US states. Winners will receive prize money and a podcast interview in the coming year. The following conductors served as the jury members for the category of University/Conservatory Orchestra Dr. Mark Scatterday, Jan Wagner, Stilian Kirov, Dr. Scott Nelson as well as Jim Stephenson.

The Ictus International Music Competition https://ictusmusiccompetition.com/ is an online music competition for wind bands, orchestras and solo trumpet. Described by David Bilger of the Philadelphia Orchestra as “democratizing music competitions ” Ictus was founded to make international music competitions more accessible though eliminating prohibitive travel costs, conference fees and visa issues. This made possible through having the application and adjudication take place online only.

The OSM CAMERATA was strategically founded by Marius Coetzee in 2012 as the OSM’s flagship ensemble with the main objective, creating a catalyst for excellence. From a pedagogical perspective, the OSMC serves as a feasible incubator to nurture fully rounded musicians who are thoroughly prepared for the demands of their trade as orchestral musicians, soloists and conductors. A ratio of top- notch instructors collaborates on a regular basis with the ensemble as mentors in the likes of Charlotte Potgieter (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), Abigail Bushakovitz (Konzertorchester Berlin), Karol Legierski, (Poland), Professors Renata Knific ( West Michigan University,) and Karolina Öhman, to name but a few. Special attention is given to the relevance of junior experts and their specific value potential of mentors.

An important objective for the OSMC is to introduce students and audiences alike to exceptional repertoire not often heard on South African stages. The performance and commissioning of music by South African composers is considered a priority. Since inception of the OSMC in 2012, fifteen new works had been commissioned from South African composers.

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