BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestra Exchange

We create an international youth orchestra of 80 players every summer for 12 days. Players come from all over the world (20 countries participated last time).
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BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestra Exchange

July 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


About the course

BISYOC 2019 will take place in Struga, Republic of North Macedonia.


Viola, Bassoon, Oboe, Clarinet, Tuba, Trombone, Bass Trombone

We can still accept limited numbers of applications in the following sections: Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Horn, Trumpet, Piano (pianist with orchestral experience preferred). You may be placed on a waiting list if no place is currently available.

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What is BISYOC?

We create an international youth orchestra of 80 players every summer for 12 days. Players come from all over the world (20 countries participated last time). We’ve been doing this for the past 18 years – and in many different locations: Norway, Austria, Spain, Germany, Malta and the United Kingdom. This year it’s in Struga, a multicultural town with a perfect summer climate, on the shore of Lake Ohrid (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).


BISYOC is for musicians aged 18 to 30.

Orchestral concert repertoire

The orchestral repertoire for 2019 is:

Trajko Prokopiev Labin i Dojrana
Khatchaturian Adagio from Spartakus
Mussorgsky/Stokowski Night on a Bare Mountain
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Rehearsal format

All rehearsals are in English. They include full orchestral tutti and instrumental section rehearsals with our international team of specialist tutors. Meet the Tutor Team for 2019

In addition, music sessions include opportunities to participate in chamber music to develop and extend musicianship skills

Top 3 reasons young musicians choose BISYOC

# 1 International Friendship
# 2 Value
# 3 Musical Quality and Learning

What will I do there?

You’ll rehearse the music daily, for most of the day, and perform concerts. Music-making is what it’s all about. You’ll get expert input from our international team of professional musicians (specialist tutors for every instrumental section). But what really makes BISYOC unique is the mix of people. Opportunities for cultural interaction are immense, so plenty of time is dedicated to that too. Everybody who comes to BISYOC wants to meet others who share their passion about playing music and meeting new people.


How to participate

Apply online via our website. You must read the terms and conditions first


All participants will stay in the Solferino Hotel, 10 minutes’ walk from rehearsal venues and close to the local school which will be used for evening cultural activities. All meals and accommodation are included in the price.

BISYOC Tutor Team 2019

Fernando Zorita – Violin (Spain)

Fernando Zorita is a member of the Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), while also freelancing as leader for several orchestras around Spain such as Vigo Opera, Opera Studio and Magistralia. Fernando teaches at the Oviedo Conservatory and coaches the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Asturias (JOSPA) and other youth orchestras in Spain.

Pilar Andrino – Violin (Spain)

Pilar Andrino has been a violin tutor at BISYOC since it started in 2001. She studied violin at the Salamanca Conservatory with Isabel Vilá, and also studied with Jens Ellerman in Germany. She teaches violin at the Salamanca Conservatory and plays in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilia y Leon. She is also involved in a music education programme for very young children.

Cristina Gestido – Viola (Spain/UK)

Cristina Gestido is BMUS and MMUS graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, under professor Lawrence Power. She works regularly with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and freelances with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber and Asturias Symphony Orchestra. She is also a an experienced recitalist and chamber musician, playing in many venues including Fundación Juan March in Madrid and St. Martin-in-the-fields in London.

Evridiki Iliadou – Cello (Greece/Germany)

Evrydiki Iliadou studied in Nuremberg under Professor S.V. Hausegger. She was a member of the Symphonie Orchestra in Konstanz (Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz) and participated in concerts with several other German orchestras. She later moved to Cologne, where she worked as freelance musician with various Chamber Orchestras and Ensembles including Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen, Kölner Kammerorchester, Kammerphilharmonie Köln and Neues Rheinisches Kammerorchester, while teaching at Kölner Musikakademie and Musikschule Küsche. She also worked as principal cellist with Flora Symphonie Orchestra, a role which combined playing and teaching. Since 2018 she has lived in Greece where she now works freelance.

David Kenihan – Double Bass (UK)

David Kenihan studied in Melbourne with John Mowson, then with John Foster, and worked with orchestras in Australia before moving to Italy to have lessons with Lucio Bucarella in Rome. He then moved to England for lessons with Rodney Slatford and Gerry Drucker, and worked with London and regional orchestras. He subsequently spent seven years with the Halle in Manchester, and is currently sub-principal double bass with the Bournemouth Symphony. He combines playing with teaching, as a tutor at various summer schools and as an active member in the BSO’s education program.

Helga Zuccaro – Flute (Italy/Germany)

Helga Zuccaro began her studies at the Conservatoire in her home city of Trento in Italy. She then went to Germany, first to Münster and then to Freiburg, where she completed her studies under Prof. Robert Aitken. Two years of playing in the Duisburg Sinfonia (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) and Münster Symphony Orchestra rounded off her flute studies. In Freiburg and more recently in Cologne (Germany) she has been working freelance. She prefers playing in smaller chamber music groups. She teaches at the University in Koblenz.

Dario Golcic – Oboe (Croatia)

Dario Golcic studied oboe with Heinz Holliger and Christian Schmitt. He has won many oboe competitions in Croatia. As a soloist he has played with chamber orchestras from Freiburg, Heidelberg, Basel and Zagreb. He teaches the oboe at Zagreb Music Academy and plays solo oboe in the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Domagoj Pavlovic – Clarinet (Croatia)

Domagoj Pavlovic graduated in clarinet in 2001, from the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Josip Tonzetic. He then continued his postgraduate studies till 2005. As a soloist and member of chamber ensembles he has performed throughout Croatia and abroad. He is a member of the Zagreb Woodwind Trio and Duo Clarp (with harpist Mirjana Kriskovic). He also performs regularly with the Porin String Quartet, the Zagreb String Quartet, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made several recordings for Croatian Radio. Since 2002 he has been a soloist in the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Dooley – Bassoon (Ireland)

Michael Dooley is an honours graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin. He began his bassoon studies with Martin Prynn (London Mozart Players) and followed on with Graham Salvage (Halle Orchestra). He has worked as a freelance bassoonist at home and abroad and works with the RTE Concert Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland playing bassoon and contra-bassoon. Michael works as a busy chamber musician and has appeared as soloist in the Mozart Bassoon Concerto in Ireland and Spain. He is a founder member of the Limerick Wind Octet and conducts Galway Youth Orchestra and St. Patrick’s Brass Band in his native Galway. He is currently on the teaching staff in the Limerick School of Music.

Sissel Grøndahl – Horn (Norway)

Sissel M. Grøndahl studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music with Frøydis Ree Wekre. She is full time horn pedagog at Oslo School of Fine Arts (music school), and sometimes also at at Rudolf Waldorf Oslo City Music High School. She has worked as a regional musician for several years, conducted wind orchestras for 35 years, and she is a composer and arranger. She is also an author of method books for horn, currently producing a new series. She is a team leader for the brass section at the music school, and producer for several of the music school’s concerts.

Stephen Altoft – Trumpet (UK/Germany)

Stephen Altoft is dedicated to the creation of new repertoire for the trumpet. As a solo artist, and with percussionist Lee Ferguson as duo Contour, he has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, the United States and Canada. He is a member of ensemble chronophonie (Freiburg) and ensemble linea (Strasbourg). In his youth, Stephen took part in courses with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the Humberside County Youth Orchestra (participant and tutor). With Ensemble Linea at the summer courses held at Royaumont Abbey in France, he has worked with young composers. A member of the BISYOC tutor team since its inception, Stephen has directed Brass Ensembles,and instigated the Composition Workshops. With Lee Ferguson he gave the premiere of James Saunders’ Different Ways to achieve equilibrium for trumpet, vibraphone and Orchestra with the BISYOC Orchestra in the UK in 2007.

Stephen teaches at the Waldkirch Town Music School near to Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany.

Wayne Jeffrey – Assistant Conductor & Wind Chamber Music Coach (Canada)

Dr. Wayne Jeffrey is presently Director of Ensembles of the Kwantlen University College Department of Music. He has previously held positions at the Universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Cincinnati and was the Music Director of the Wind Symphony and Conducting Instructor in each school. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and music education from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and has appeared as an Associate Conductor of the Eastman Wind Ensemble on many concerts.

In Europe, he studied and performed in London, Munich, Budapest, Salzburg and Vienna. As a hornist and conductor, he has broadcast and performed in Canada and abroad and has recorded with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Toronto Chamber Winds, the Hannaford Street Silver Band, CJRT Orchestra and the Erik Schultz Brass Quintet. Orchestral and chamber performances occur across Canada including Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Montreal and Fredericton, He appears frequently as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals throughout North America and Europe.

Manuel Vieira – Trombone and Tuba (Portugal)

Manuel Vieira has been the tutor of Low Brass at BISYOC since 2006. He finished his degree in the University of Aveiro. In 2002 he studied at Sheffield University with Philip Goodwin. The same year he collaborated with Sheffield Opera Productions and played in Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with the direction of conductor and composer Christian Wolff. He played in several youth orchestras such as: APROARTE Orchestra, Bracara Augusta Orchestra, Templários Orchestra, FAP Orchestra, and the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Band of Santa Maria da Feira. In 2000 he won the place of principal trombone in the Mediterranean Orchestra. He has performed concerts in several countries including Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, England, Austria, Malta and Brazil. He finished his Masters in Performance at Sheffield University, studying trombone with Chris Houlding in the Royal Northern College of Music. He has collaborated with several Portuguese professional orchestras and he recorded several CDs with some of them. Currently he plays principal trombone in Braga Philharmonic Orchestra. He is member of the HomeBrass-Quintet. He teaches trombone and chamber music at Academy of Music in Vila Verde, and the Music Academy of Fortaleza in Valença where he is Vice Principal.

Lee Forrest Ferguson – Percussion (Germany/USA)

Lee Forrest Ferguson studied as a scholarship student at the University of Iowa under Thomas L. Davis (1991-5). In 1995 he received a bachelor of music in percussion performance and then was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Bernhard Wulff at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, in Freiburg, Germany (1996-8). Lee was a member of the Freiburg Percussion ensemble, which received first prize in the German Music School Competition for the category New Music (Leipzig 1998). He has played with Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Surplus, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, MusikFabrik NRW and is a member of the New Music initiative, SUONO MOBILE ensemble chronophonie and duo Contour. As a performer of new music, Lee works mostly in solo and chamber music genres . He is a percussion instructor at the Southern Blackforest Music School in Tiengen, Germany.


July 24, 2019 @ 8:00 am
August 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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