Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra wins gold in Vienna music festival

Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra
The Filipino youth orchestra during their award-winning performance at the Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul, Korea in July 2019. Photo from 한국스즈끼음악협회 Suzuki Music Korea FB.

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) has bagged the gold award in the online edition of the Vienna-based World Orchestra Festival (WOF).

The MSJO won the gold award in the Youth Orchestra Category B of the competition from June 12 to 26, 2021, which were held as virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Philippines’ premier youth orchestra competed against over 140 orchestras from 33 countries which submitted video entries for the online festival.

MSJO’s winning entry was their performance at the Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul, Korea in 2019. The competition pieces include 3 movements from Dvoraks’ Serenade in E (Moderato, Scherzo, and Finale).

The World Orchestra Festival was established in 2013 in Vienna, Austria, to provide a world top stage for musicians to perform and exhibit.

The MSJO is the youth orchestra program of the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO). It was formed in 2014 and is composed of advanced students from the MSO Music Academy as well as other qualified young string players from all over the Philippines.

The Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra bagged major prizes at the Summa Cum Laude Festival in Vienna, winning first place in 2018 and 2nd place in 2017.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) for winning the online edition of the Vienna-based World Orchestra Festival (WOF) and WATCH the closing performance below!

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