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CIVIS Symphonic Orchestra Academy

Join the first European CIVIS Symphonic Orchestra Academy: a week of total immersion into Gustav Mahler’s first symphony ending with a live-streamed concert from the National Theatre La Criée

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Society, culture, heritage
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Phd
Field of studies
  • Art, Design and Media
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 2
Course dates
9-17 April 2022

This short term mobility course will gather 90 student amateur musicians from the 9 member universities of the CIVIS Alliance in Marseille, France, for a one-week orchestra session to rehearse Mahler's Symphony No 1. The week will end with two concerts.

The evening concert, which will take place at the National Theatre La Criée at 20.00 on Saturday 16 April, will be recorded and live-streamed to the 10 member universities of the CIVIS Alliance.


La Criée par Olivier Metzger
   La Criée © Olivier Metzger

Overall programme

  • Two orchestra rehearsals daily
  • Two concerts at the end of the week
  • Visit of Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and the region
  • Invitation to the general rehearsal of a Mozart Opera at Marseille Opera
  • Possibility to make chamber music

Learning outcome

A truly international experience of music-making with different music directors.

Dates: 9-17 April 2022 Format: Physical
Location: Marseille, France N° of places for CIVIS students: 75

Contacts of the CIVIS Orchestra Academy for each University

Aix-Marseille Université:
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens:

Université libre de Bruxelles: 
University of Bucharest:

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid:
Stockholm University:
University of Tübingen:

University of Glasgow:
Sapienza University:


Musicians are expected to study their parts before arrival.

Daily orchestra rehearsals will take place in the mornings and afternoons. Rehearsals will take place at the National Theatre La Criée: a beautiful theatre with 800 seats, located in the heart of Marseille, next to the port.

The musicians can have lunch as a group all together in the Theater’s café-restaurants.

Tourism in Marseille

Guided cultural visits and excursions will be organised in the late afternoons and evenings.

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Sébastien Boin

Sébastien Boin is the music director of the Aix-Marseille Symphonic Orchestra since its foundation in 2015, and he teaches orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire de Marseille. He is part of this new generation of conductors who are passionate about musical creation and have vigorously forged their own ensemble in their own image. 

Thus was born the instrumental ensemble C Barré, dedicated to musical creation, with which he experiments the double responsibility of artistic and musical direction.

Passionate about both instrumental and vocal music, which he believes are naturally complementary, Sébastien has a dual career as an orchestra and choir conductor.  He has collaborated with the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, the Chœur de Radio France, the Orchestre Régional d'Avignon-Provence, the Orchestre Régional de Basse Normandie and the Orchestre de Cannes. In 2016 he was invited by the Festival d'Aix to conduct Ana Sokolovic's Opera Svadba during a three-year international tour.


This short term mobility course is open to Bachelor's, Master and PhD students from all academic disciplines at one of the nine CIVIS member universities.

Applicants must have a solid experience of playing in an orchestra and a very good level of playing an instrument.

Application process

The application deadline is 14 November 2021.

Students willing to apply should : 

Violin 1 and 2 players and alto: applicants should send a video recording of the first page of the 4th movement.

All other instruments: applicants should choose a technically difficult part of the symphony and send a video of them playing for approximately 3 minutes. 

Selection process

A selection will be done to ensure each participating musician's contribution to a successful academy. 

For information, musicians coming from the following universities will be selected by their music directors.

  • University of Tübingen
  • Sapienza University
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Selected students will be notified in January 2022.