OZM|Symphony

The symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW

OZM|Symphony, the symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW, is the joint orchestra of the four music colleges of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is composed of students from the colleges in Detmold, Düsseldorf, Essen and Cologne who are preparing for a career as an orchestral musician on the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course. The young ensemble has no permanent members, but is reassembled for each phase of work.

Since 2007 OZM|Symphony has been a guest every semester at Dortmund Concert Hall. The aspiring orchestral musicians have already worked together with renowned conductors such as George Alexander Albrecht, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Cristóbal Halffter and Toshiyuki Kamioka.

The work phases with the OZM|Symphony are an important part of the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course, which is unique in Europe and offered by the four music colleges of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia at Orchesterzentrum|NRW.

Orchestra Rules

Article 1 - Purpose

The symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW serves the purpose of training the students in the Orchestral Master’s Program by preparing and performing concert programmes, and by working through audition pieces in an orchestral setting. Participation in the symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW is mandatory for students of the "Orchestral Playing" Master's study course during all four semesters.

Article 2 - Compulsory Attendance

An attendance list is maintained for all rehearsals and concerts of the symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW by the Artistic Administration Office. The orchestra members must be present 15 minutes before the start of rehearsals and 30 minutes before the start of a concert. Each orchestra member takes his or her seat five minutes before the appointed starting time.

If there is a compelling reason for not attending the rehearsals, the Artistic Administration Office (Tel.: +49 (0)231_725168-10) must be informed in good time. Doctors' notes and confirmations of participation in auditions are to be submitted. Leave of absence from individual rehearsals or parts of rehearsals can only be issued by the Artistic Director.

Unexcused absence will result in a written warning and exmatriculation in accordance with Article 12 paragraph 2 of the study regulations if the unexcused absence is repeated. Arriving late twice without a valid reason will result in the course attendance certificate not being issued. All other aspects of the attendance obligation are set forth in Article 8 paragraph 3 of the study regulations.

Article 3 - Course Attendance Certificates

Participation in accordance with the regulations in a work phase (rehearsals, concerts) of the symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW is confirmed by a course attendance certificate which is issued by the administrative office after a check of the student's attendance at the end of the work phase.

Article 4 - Scheduling / Participants

At the beginning of each semester, the dates and programmes of the symphony orchestra of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW are announced for the coming semester by means of notices and on the Internet.

The students are assigned by the Artistic Director to the projects. Furthermore, they are obliged to inform themselves about the appointments and seating assignments by means of the notices and on the Internet.

Article 5 - Exemption

A temporary exemption from the obligation to participate in the orchestra can be issued by agreement with the Artistic Director.

Article 6 - Orchestra Spokespersons

The student representatives also act as the orchestra spokespersons.

Article 7 - Coming into effect

These regulations came into effect on November 1, 2009. They are published in an appropriate form at the Orchesterzentrum|NRW.