Janáček philharmonic OstravaInternational Orchestral Academy

International Orchestral Academy

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava opens its International Orchestral Academy. With its international reach, it is the first project of its kind in the Czech Republic.

IOA is currently successfully running its first year and the orchestra is ready to welcome up to 17 Academy members each season. The aim of the Academy is to offer young, talented musicians valuable experience of orchestral practice and teamwork in one of the best Czech orchestras. Trainees will also be highly encouraged to take initiative in a form of a jointly prepared chamber concert.

Who is the International Orchestral Academy designed for

The International Orchestral Academy (IOA) is a one-semestral or bi-semestral training programme for students and recent graduates of higher education music schools. Within its framework, trainees become members of the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and take a part in most of the orchestra performances (subscription concerts, touring projects both locally and internationally) under the auspices of JPO principal players, gaining valuable experience in one of the leading Czech orchestras.
Members of IOA are also strongly encouraged to perform a chamber concert together.

Minimum enrollment period of five months is required (half season either August – January or February-June). Maximum Academy membership covers one full season (August – June).

The position is unpaid. Trainees shall be fully funded by their home University/Academy through the Erasmus+ programme (or similar programmes). There is no financial reward whatsoever from the orchestra towards the Academy members. The living expenses, such as board and lodging, insurance, concert dress etc. are to be fully covered by the Academy member.

IOA opens positions in all instrument sections of a symphonic orchestra, always accepting one trainee for each section with the exemption of violins and violas, where two trainees are accepted at one time.

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Admission Criteria

Selection process is based on live video recordings of orchestral parts and solo composition. Your curriculum will also be considered.

We require live uncut video recordings of:

1) orchestral parts sent as one uncut video either from your device or with youtube link (done within the online application)

You can find all SCORES OF ORCHESTRAL PARTS on: dropbox

2) excerpts from two contrast movements from solo composition ad libitum in the length of max 10min total – sent also as uncut video from your device or with youtube link
– for violin section, see specific request in the folder with music


Application deadline for 2020-21 season is 24th April 2020.
Result will be announced by mail by 15th May 2020.


Terms of enrollment for 2020-21 season (you will be able to mark your preference in the application)

Autumn semester 2020: 31.08.2020 – 31.01.2021
Spring semester 2021: 05.02.2021 – 30.6.2021
Whole season 2020-21: 31.08.2020 – 30.6.2021

Audition for 2021-22 season will be announced in spring 2021 with the following enrollment terms:


Terms of enrollment for 2021-22 season

Autumn semester 2021: 31.08.2021 – 31.01.2022
Spring semester 2022: 05.02.2022 – 30.6.2022
Whole season 2021-22: 31.08.2021 – 30.6.2022



If you have any questions, please contact the IOA coordinator on:

Martina Výrková

international relations coordinator