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RE: International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians 2011-2012

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia – Herzegovinia, is excited to announce a new International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians.

Five musicians will be selected to participate in the program. The instrumental openings for the 2011-2012 concert season are:

1 oboe, 1 bassoon, 2 French horns, and 1 trombone

Musicians selected will perform for ten months as members of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia – Herzegovina. These musicians will play for Opera, Ballet, and Symphonic Concerts. The Sarajevo Philharmonic was founded in 1923 and has played an important role in shaping the musical life of Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Sarajevo Philharmonic is a full-time orchestra that currently performs in National Theater in Sarajevo and tours throughout the region. For more information on the orchestra go to:

The musicians selected to participate in this program, will have all of their travel expenses and accommodation expenses in Bosnia and Herzegovina paid for. They will receive a small living stipend; shared housing in an apartment with the other Cultural Exchange musicians; a stipend for public transportation to and from rehearsals; basic health insurance; residency permit; and a round-trip airline ticket from a destination in the US to Sarajevo, Bosnia – Herzegovina.

The International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians will start September 11, 2011 and finish July 2, 2012. Applicants must be available for the entire ten month time period to be considered.

In order to be considered, the applicants must submit a copy of their performance resume and an unedited DVD of their playing. This DVD should include 5 minutes of a solo work of their choice (preferably without piano accompaniment) and 5 orchestral excerpts selected from the list below. The applicant should also include on the DVD (on a separate track if possible) a short 5 minute talk about why they are interested in participating in this program.

All the applicants should submit their work to Diane Wittry, Artistic Director (USA) for the International Cultural Exchange Program, 5 Syme Ave, West Orange, NJ, 07052 by June 17, 2011. For questions on the applications or audition procedure, please email Diane Wittry at: .

Finalists for the program will be determined by the Artistic Board of the Sarajevo Philharmonic with Director and Conductor, Samra Gulamovic. All applicants will be notified of their status by July 15, 2011.

The International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians is sponsored by Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS) The project director for the program is: Eldin E. Karaikovic, MD, PhD.
The mission of the organization is to provide connections between Bosnian-Herzegovinian and scientists, musicians, artists, and professionals in North America to build bridges of cooperation. The Academy promotes the spirit of intellectual diversity and free exchange of ideas in the belief that knowledge is shareable wealth.

Eldin E. Karaikovic, MD, PhD
Project Director, Bosnian-Herzegovinian
American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Diane Wittry, Conductor
Artistic Director (USA)
International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians

Samra Gulamovic, Director and Conductor
Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia – Herzegovinian


Read more (print also), attachment below:

Press Release – Introducing Our 2011- 2012 Participants

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