Alumna secures an Italian orchestra position

BMus alumna Sijing Tu

BMus alumna Sijing Tu has been confirmed as a permanent flute player in the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, Italy.

The Haydn Orchestra was established in 1960 both as a regional “reference point for musical listening and education”, and as an ambitious project to include the region of Trentino-Alto Adige, situated in Northern Italy, in European and international cultural networks.

Sijing, who graduated from RBC in 2019, said: "Winning this position is not the end; it’s a new beginning. I'm thrilled to embark on this journey as the second flute/solo piccolo at Orchestra Haydn Bolzano and Trento, where I hope to continue growing as a musician and contributing to the orchestra's success.

“Securing the role marks a significant milestone in my musical journey.”

Following an audition, Sijing embarked on a six-month trial period filled with anxiety and uncertainty. Yet, this challenging experience propelled her to strive for excellence, both musically and personally.

She added: “I am thankful for the unwavering support of my teachers Andrea Oliva and Nicola Mazzanti. Throughout the trial process, supportive colleagues and friends provided invaluable encouragement.

“I owe much of my success to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC), where I received a comprehensive education and training. Under the tutelage of my teachers, Visiting Lecturers Marie-Christine Zupancic and Andrew Lane, I have learned so many invaluable skills on flute and piccolo playing, as well as preparing for professional auditions.

“RBC's resources, including mock auditions and woodwind repertoire classes, equipped me with the necessary tools to navigate the competitive world of orchestral music.

“Though my journey included over 30 auditions before securing this position, each setback served as a valuable learning experience, strengthening my resolve. As I step into my new role, I am filled with anticipation for the journey ahead.”

Head of Woodwind Jenni Phillips said: "I am thrilled to hear this news from Faith (Sijing), who was a delightful and dedicated student throughout her studies at RBC. This orchestral position is thoroughly deserved."

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