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Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas (FOSJA) 



What is FOSJA? 


The Corporación de las Artes Escénico-Musicales (Theatrical-Musical Arts Corporation), the agency entrusted by law to organize The Festival of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Americas (FOSJA) is a subsidiary of the Corporación de las Artes Musicales (Musical Arts Corporation) a public corporation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With an international scope, FOSJA invites youngster musicians from the Americas, between the ages of 15 and 25 to benefit from this intensive music summer camp. 


Since its inception in 1982, FOSJA has been held every June with an educational format. Since 1993, the Festival has had Maestro Luis Biava, who was the conductor-in-residence of The Philadelphia Orchestra until few months ago, as FOSJA’s Music and Artistic Director. 


One of the main goals for this Festival is for its participants to acquire and expand symphonic and chamber music repertoire as well as polishing playing techniques through master classes. The curriculum is supervised by a highly accredited and qualified faculty.  On the last years, the program of the Festival has been diversified adding a vocal program where young lyric singers have collaborated with the orchestra interpreting high ambitious repertoire in the opera gender. Other of our outstanding collaborator has been Ballet Concerto of Puerto Rico.  

Some of the works previously performed have been:
The Fantastic Symphony Op.14 by Héctor Berlioz, Scherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Säens and The Rome’s Pines by Ottorino Respighi.


In FOSJA 2005, we had the special presentation from the Puerto Rican Soloist, Ricardo Morales, first clarinet of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and active member of the Temple University Faculty. Mr. Morales performed as guest artist the No. 2 Concert in Eb Major for clarinet and orchestra by Carl Maria von Weber. Also, he offered master classes to the participants of FOSJA with the Puerto Rican outstanding, Pedro Díaz, who is the English horn player of the Metropolitan Opera Hose Orchestra in New York.


About the operatic repertoire, FOSJA performed a full staged opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel. Also, the Festival has presented opera and operetta excerpts from Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart, The Bat by J. Strauss and The Knight of the Rose by R. Strauss


The Festival's curriculum includes symphonic repertoire, sectionals, master classes for soloists and chamber groups, student and faculty concerts. One of the greatest challenges facing the students is the competition to select the soloists to perform at the Orchestra Concerts. Two (2) soloists, one each, from the intermediate and advanced levels, will be selected. The repertoire is challenging and is supervised by an excellent faculty selected for their academic credentials and for their recognition as performers.

JUNE 2-22, 2008


DSL/Cable Luis Biava
Rafael Irizarry
Modem Luis Biava
Rafael Irizarry

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