Dallas, TX (September 30, 2014) – Music Director Jaap van Zweden and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce the DSO/Jaap van Zweden Scholars, an innovative and unprecedented partnership between the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and some of the world’s leading universities and music conservatories to nurture and develop tomorrow’s musical leaders in the orchestra field.
Launching in January 2015, the DSO will choose a select number of some of the world’s brightest young orchestral string students on the brink of professional careers, who will rehearse and perform select concerts with the Dallas Symphony under the music direction of Jaap van Zweden for up to two years. Scholars will be housed and receive musical instruction and a customized curriculum of leadership and entrepreneurship training at the University of Texas at Dallas. Each will also receive regular coaching and additional performance opportunities with members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
“Today, it is not enough to be an exceptional symphonic musician – though each of our Scholars have that potential,” said Dallas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jaap van Zweden. “For our musical art form to grow and remain relevant, musicians must become complete artistic citizens, performing at the highest level and also taking leadership roles not only in their work inside the orchestra, but in community partnerships to advance the cultural literacy of all citizens.”
“This is a first-of-its-kind program for an American orchestra and showcases the Dallas Symphony’s commitment to leadership and innovation,” said Dallas Symphony President and CEO Jonathan Martin.