INTERNATIONAL ORCHESTRA RESIDENCIES PROGRAM HELD IN BRAZIL
Each year, Midori holds two Orchestra Residencies Programs (ORPs) in the United States. In recent years, she has also led so-called “International Orchestra Residency Programs” (iORPs) elsewhere in the world. To date, iORPs have taken place in Costa Rica, Bulgaria and Peru.
In September 2015, Midori and her teaching assistant at the Thornton School of the University of Southern California, doctoral student Ga Hyun Cho travelled to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil for a weeklong residency with NEOJIBA, the Núcleos Estaduais de Orquestras Juvenis e Infantis da Bahia (State Centers for the Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Bahia.) This was Ga Hyun’s first iORP with Midori.
There are several youth orchestras in and around Salvador under the NEOJIBA umbrella and Midori and Ga Hyun participated in a very full week of activities. NEOJIBA staff members graciously translated English to Portuguese and Portuguese to English throughout the many residency activities.
Midori and Ga Hyun led workshops, sectional rehearsals, technique classes and master classes with the various student ensembles. They also visited and performed at local hospitals. After coaching and rehearsing with student chamber music groups and with the Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Bahia, there was a concert open to the public featuring performances of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals and the Sibelius Concerto with Midori as soloist. At another public concert, Midori and Ga Hyun performed chamber music with students.
NEOJIBA, created in 2007, is one of the priority programs of the Government of the State of Bahia. Inspired by the acclaimed Venezuelan program El Sistema, NEOJIBA aims to achieve social integration via collective practice and excellence in music. Led by its founding director, the conductor and pianist Ricardo Castro. NEOJIBA currently benefits over 4.600 children, adolescents and youth through its Núcleos de Prática Orquestral e Coral and extension activities.