Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)



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This document is presented from the perspective of the project manager of the Southeast Asian Youth Chamber Orchestra (SEAYCO) and will analyze all the necessary steps from the initial idea to the selecting of the musicians, and through the rehearsal and preparation until its first performance. The College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand and the Goethe-Institut network of Southeast Asia formed a partnership in order to make this project possible. The sponsor of this unique endeavor was Merck KGaA, a German multinational chemical, pharmaceutical, and life-sciences company that was generous enough to fund part of this project. The main purpose of SEAYCO was to create a musical bridge within Southeast Asian region, connect people of different religion, color and ethnicity, create strong bonds and nurture future music leaders and high-level musicians in Southeast Asia. SEAYCO was first established in 2012 and then met for a second year in 2013. This document will give a detailed view about the audition planning, traveling, holding live auditions, and the steps that were necessary in order to create this chamber orchestra. Selecting the conductor and soloists as well as the repertoire were all-important factors that would determine the success of the project. Furthermore, the paper will discuss the SEAYCO team management, the rehearsal process, and the schedule of performances. In conclusion, this document will discuss and suggest ideas regarding the future of SEAYCO. Other non-profit organizations such as the Southeast Asian Directors of Music (SEADOM) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) would be the perfect host for such a unique and promising project. This paper will also mention several orchestras around the world based on the same youth orchestra model that share the same philosophy. Finally, my personal experience as a member of a youth chamber music orchestra for many years was a catalyst in the successful completion of this unique and very rewarding project. Lastly, the reasons for writing about this project will be listed and also why an orchestra of its size sets an important example for other countries and institutions around the world.



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Committee Chair

Lilleslatten, Espen



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