the Volterra Project JUNIOR I edition 29 October - 1 November 2021 Oudenarde (Belgium)
Because of the very large volume of requests to participate to the Volterra Project from underage guitarists and their parents, we decided to launch a second workshop dedicated to underage students.
The foundation of the Volterra Project Junior may seem counterintuitive in a period like the one we are living, when the mainstream approach to cultural and artistic production towards the standardization and maximization of a “product”. We are, instead, convinced that this approach is the very reason why an experiment like the Volterra ProjectJunior is needed: an international workshop where students can have a first-hand experience of the powerful synergy of musical excellence and non-competitive exchange and communication.
Like the Volterra Project, the Volterra Project Junior offers 360 degree formative course with highest level guitar master classes, music physiology training, and music business management seminars taught by experienced, internationally renowned professionals.
These courses will be specifically addressed to young guitarist up to 16 years of age. 17 years old are welcome but may also want to consider participation to the regular workshop (they will have to fill the underage waiver - more information on the Volterra Project application page)
What (we are and we do)
the Volterra Project Junior
With the foundation of The Volterra Project Junior we finally fill an important pedagogical gap: we are now happy and proud to announce the creation of an extension of the Volterra Project, specifically addressed to underage students from 12 to 17.
We firmly believe that the role of music and arts is to contribute to the intellectual, spiritual and social development of every human being and it is, therefore, essential to the education of the younger generations.
The mission of the Volterra Project Junior is therefore to help young guitarists develop a well-rounded and non-competitive approach to performing and to foster a new generation of accomplished young guitarists, who are prepared for the multiple aspects of guitar performance such as technical and artistic excellency and physical health, but also able to enjoy the artistic process as a means of expression, communication and growth.
The Volterra Project Junior offers an innovative 360 degrees training course specially targeted to younger guitarists, articulated into three pillars: the first is grounded on master classes of classical guitar with internationally acclaimed pedagogues; the second focus on music physiology workshops dedicated to the understanding of the body and of its dynamic relation with the instrument; finally, the third pillar adds an additional dimension of reflection on the role of art, not only as technical representation or individual expression, but as a focus in the articulation of human communication and identity, both personal and collective.
Like the project it stems from, the innovative concept of theVolterra Project Junior does not only reside in its didactic offer, but also in the very special context and setting it takes place. Aiming at replacing the traditional competitive culture of the conservatories with a more and nurturing environment, conducive to a real exchange of knowledge and experiences, the workshop will be held in a beautifully restored traditional house in Oudenaarde, in the Flanders region (Belgium), where students and teachers will work and discuss together in a relaxed, non-competitive environment. This seems to be a very simple thing, but it carries with it an enormous change from the aggressive and super-competitive approach that so many schools are transmitting to young students.
2021 Courses and faculty
The four days long workshop will be articulated in a set of three pillars including guitar master classes, music physiology training, and an ensemble workshop and improvisation sessions taught by experienced, internationally renowned professionals.
Guitar masterclasses -Antigoni Goni, Raphaella Smits This is the first pillar of our three-pronged approach and will be held by the internationally acclaimed performer and pedagogue Antigoni Goni. In her masterclasses Antigoni Goni will not only put her unmatched artistic skills and long pedagogic experience at the service of the Volterra Project participants, but also tackle many physiology-oriented issues that students denounced during the past decade. Antigoni Goni’s masterclasses will not only focus on technique, sound, interpretation, colors, dynamics, empathy, but will also work on the management of muscular tension and fatigue, body awareness and posture, muscle use, breathing and relaxation and other elements that are too often easily dismissed in teaching younger students.
In a fantastic symbolic convergence, the guest artist of this 1st edition of the Volterra Project Junior will be the Belgian virtuoso Raphaella Smits who was also the very first guest artist in the 1st edition of the Volterra Project in 2007.
Music physiology - Michèle Swennen The second pillar of is the Music Physiology section that this year will be presented by the Belgian dancer and Jaques-Dalcroze rhythmic specialist Michèle Swennen. The physiology classes aim to increase body awareness and mental focus through meditative breath exercises as well as nutritional advice and self- massage exercises. The students will learn a set of basic practices that they can bring home to help them in their future daily routine.
Ensemble workshop - Helen Borremans Improvisation Sessions - Luca Isolani and Maarten Vandenbemden The third pillar, the ensemble workshop, will be held by the Belgian guitarist and pedagogue Helen Borremans and will aim at fostering the ability to work and collaborate with others and work towards a common goal as a team. By learning to work in ensemble, young students will benefit from reciprocal inspiration, reinforce their learning process, and discover the added value of sharing an artistic experience and a learning process. Improvisation sessions
Improvisation Sessions - Luca Isolani and Maarten Vandenbemden In this daily workshop, Luca Isolani and Maarten Vandenbemden will explore how to apply improvisation to our daily practice in music. The workshops will be closely intertwined with the other activities at the Volterra Project Junior, and propose the various forms of improvisation as a complementary tool for interpretation, physical freedom in playing and stage presence. Through a variety of group exercises, we experience how improvisation can feed our individual musical expression
Opening concert : TBA Closing Concert: TBA
2021 open workshop: Artistry is a family business
In addition to the above the Volterra ProjectJunior will offer an informative seminar to those adults who will accompany their children, on what it means to assist and support a promising young talents along their artistic development and future career. More tba
How (to inscribe)
The inscription comprises three sections:
the parental consent
the agreements and consents that you will be requested to sign electronically at the act of the submission of the application form
the application form
Parental consent Parent or guardian permission is required IN ADDITION to the online application below. Please DOWNLOAD and sign the permission form, and send us a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
Agreements and consent
Release and Waiver agreement
In consideration of being afforded the opportunity to participate in THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR, it is hereby acknowledged:
1. I am solely responsible for the safety of my personal items, instruments, and equipment at all times. THE VOLTERRA GUITAR PROJECT, its agents, sponsors, or venues will not be held responsible for missing, broken, stolen, or lost items and equipment;
2. I understand that Antigoni Goni, and THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR reserves the right to refuse admission or dismiss any person whose conduct is deemed by Antigoni Goni to be disorderly or disruptive, or who otherwise fails to act in a professional manner consistent with expectations of Antigoni Goni. If such circumstance should arise where I am dismissed from THE VOLTERRA GUITAR PROJECT, I understand that I am not entitled to a refund of any portion of the participation fee;
3. I agree to fully assume all risks and responsibility for all liabilities of any kind including accidents, illness, loss of personal property, and incidental to my participation in THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR. the VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR and its agents are not responsible for any damages or claims resulting from participation in THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR. or ancillary thereto. As such, I hereby release and agree to indemnify and hold THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR, its agents, and representatives harmless against any and all claims arising directly or indirectly from THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR.
I understand in the event that THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR is delayed, rescheduled, or canceled due to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to, adverse weather, acts of war, acts of God, THE VOLTERRA PROJECT JUNIOR. and its agents, sponsors, and venues will be held harmless.†
I acknowledge that the activities and the concerts of the Volterra Project Junior will be recorded and, therefore, I hereby grant permission to the Volterra Project Junior and the Volterra Project for the use of the photograph(s), audio and/or video recordings or any other media images, footage, or other material produced during the workshop in any presentation of any and all kind whatsoever. I understand that I may revoke this authorization at any time by notifying the Volterra Project Junior in writing. The revocation will not affect any actions taken before the receipt of this written notification. Images will be stored in a secure location and only authorized staff will have access to them.
Where (to find us)
the Volterra Project Junior is organized in the village of Oudenaarde (close to Ghent), in the splendid Flanders region of Belgium.
Adress: Einestraat 44 9700 OUDENAARDE BELGIUM
How to reach us
How to reach Oudenaarde:
Brussel International Airport: direct connection to Oudenaarde by train.
Charleroi Airport: Flibco shuttlebus to Ghent or Brussels. Direct connection to Oudenaarde by train from Ghent and Brussels.
Upon arrival in Oudenaarde railway station participants will meet our staff and will be accompanied by car to the final destination.
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