Conference on distance learning New Time Music 2.0

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Conference on distance learning New Time Music 2.0

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will soon host the New Time Music 2.0 event, a two-day online conference on distance learning. The event will take place on the 1st and 2nd of December 2020. We invite all students and teachers to attend the conference. Participation is free of charge, but the registration is required.
Learn more about the event and registration: https://newtimemusic.eu

New Time Music 2.0 is a Nordplus founded cooperation project between Turku University of Applied Sciences (FI), Norwegian Academy of Music (NO), The Royal Academy of Music of Aarhus/Aalborg (DK) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Estonian String Players Competition 2020

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Estonian String Players Competition 2020

Estonian String Players Competition 2020, taking place from November 5 to 13 in Tallinn, marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of composer Eduard Tubin. This year's competition will feature more than 30 participants, judged by an international jury. All rounds of the competition will be held at the Concert Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The four-round competition will be held in specialities of violin, viola, cello, and double bass. As a result of the preliminary round (video round) in the spring, 27 violinists, 5 violists, 8 cellists and 4 double bassists were qualified for the first round.

The compulsory work in the first round should be chosen from the selection of the works by Eduard Tubin, Heino Eller, and Ludvig Juht. The second round includes a freely chosen piece by Estonian composer that is composed after the year of 1980. Among other pieces, the selection for the final round includes the Violin Concerto No. 1 and 2 as well as the Double Bass Concerto by Eduard Tubin.

Participants will be judged by a five-member international jury consisting of Susie Mészáros (viola, Royal College of Music, London), Jan-Erik Gustafsson (cello, Finland), Eva Bindere (violin, Latvian Academy of Music), Jiri Parviainen (double bass, Finland). The chairman of the jury is Kristel Pappel (Professor of Musicology at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre).

The first and the second round will be held from November 5 to 10. The final round allowing the best competitors to perform with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Arvo Volmer will be held from November 11 to 13. All rounds of the competition will be held at the Concert Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and are open to the public. All rounds can also be watched live on YouTube.

Competitions for string players in Estonia started in 1968, at first covering the specialities of violin and cello. The viola as well as the double bass, were included from the year 1975. The competitions were held until 1987, followed by a break of almost 30 years. The tradition of the string players competitions was restored in 2015 at the discretion of the Estonian String Teachers Association in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The winners of the string players competition include Jüri Gerretz, Tiiu Peäske (Heinsalu), Mari Tampere-Bezrodny, Peeter Paemurru, Arvo Leibur, Mart Laas, Henry-David Varema, and Leho Karin among others. The winners of the previous Estonian String Players Competition held in 2015 include Marcel Johannes Kits, Linda-Anette Verte, and Hans Christian Aavik.

The Estonian String Players Competition is organised by the Estonian String Teachers Association and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

 

* Translation: Estonian Music Information Center: https://emic.ee/estonian-string-players-competition-2020

“Tallinn 2021” – the International Piano Chamber Music Competition

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“Tallinn 2021” – the International Piano Chamber Music Competition

The “Tallinn 2021” International Piano Chamber Music Competition will take place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre from 12 to 14 March 2021. The competition will be jointly organised by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and MTÜ In Corpore.
 
The International Chamber Music Competition aims to develop the tradition of professional ensemble playing and to enable young musicians to participate in international events. Works by Estonian composers will be recommended to the competitors, offering the possibility to introduce our chamber music to wider audiences. A special prize will be awarded for the best performance of an Estonian work. Given that there is a need for high-level ensemble competitions in both the Baltic and Nordic countries, this new entry will have the potential of becoming an important musical event in the region.
 
The competition is open in two categories for chamber ensembles that include piano: 1) duos; 2) trios, quartets, quintets. The competition will take place in two rounds. Eligible participants will be selected during a preliminary round based on recordings. The age limit for ensemble members is 33 years at the time of the competition.
 
The conditions of the competition are available at https://eamt.ee/chambercompetition/
 
Additional information:
Marje Lohuaru
Professor of Chamber Music 
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
+372 50 11477
COVID-19 INFO

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COVID-19 INFO

From Monday, 2 November 2020:

  • The door of the main entrance of the Academy opens only with a personalised magnetic card.
  • Only activities related to study and research at the Academy of Music and Theatre may take place in the study building. Other classes or activities involving people from outside the Academy are strictly forbidden.
  • Guests may be admitted to the building under special circumstances. Each guest must check in at the front desk (you are kindly asked to enter your name on the registration form, citing the reason for the visit and the person to be visited).
  • Guests of concerts and performances taking place in the Great Hall and Blackbox will enter the building from the Sakala Street entrance. For concerts taking place in the Chamber Hall guests are registered at the front desk of the main entrance (the door opens half an hour before a concert or performance).
  • To access the Library, please call: +372 6675 751 (books can be ordered in advance at the e-mail address: rmtk@eamt.ee).

Stay healthy!

Use a face mask!

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Use a face mask!

At the request of the Rector's Office, starting from Monday, October 12, 2020 all employees, students and guests of the Academy are kindly asked to wear a face mask in our study buildings when it is not possible to consistently maintain a sufficient physical distance. Our goal is to protect our faculty, staff and students and to keep the Academy open for study and practice. Wearing a mask is necessary in lectures, group lessons, meetings, while attending concerts and in other situations when a room is being shared for a longer period of time and wearing a mask does not directly interfere with a specific activity.

The Health Board emphasizes that wearing a face mask may reduce the spread of infection by minimising the release of respiratory droplets from infected people to others. Face masks should be considered as a good complimentary measure for established preventive practices, such as keeping physical distance, proper hand and respiratory hygiene. Correct use of face masks is key for their effectiveness and safety. Hands must be cleaned with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser after removing the mask.

View the information from the Health Board and instructions how to use masks in English: https://www.terviseamet.ee/sites/default/files/Nakkushaigused/Trukised/facemask-infographic_eng.pdf

Disposable masks will be on sale at the Academy cafeteria, and at the concert hall entrance before public events. Additional trash cans for disposable masks will be located at the main entrance and next to the hand sanitiser stations on each floor.

Scholarship audition for foreign students for the academic year 2020-2021

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Scholarship audition for foreign students for the academic year 2020-2021

For the academic year 2020-2021, EAMT offers following scholarships:

1) EAMT scholarships for non-EU students at BA and MA levels covering either 50% or 25% of the tuition fee (NB! Not applicable for the MA students of Contemporary Physical Performance Making)

2) DoRa Plus programme scholarships for all foreign students at MA level awarded for one academic year (350€ per month paid from September to June)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for EAMT scholarships:

  • BA and MA students from non-EU countries, who:
    - were admitted for the academic year 2020-2021: the entrance examination result at least 9 at BA level or at least 4 at MA level;
    - were admitted earlier: last examination result in main study at least "very good".

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for DoRa Plus scholarships:

  • MA 1st year students, who:
    - are full-time students;
    - do not have the Estonian citizenship;
    - whose place of residence is not in Estonia;
    - do not have a permanent right of residence or a long-term residence permit in Estonia;
    - have not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years;
    - had the entrance examination result at least 4.
  • MA 2nd year students, who:
    - are full-time students;
    - do not have the Estonian citizenship;
    - whose place of residence is not in Estonia;
    - do not have a permanent right of residence or a long-term residence permit in Estonia;
    - have not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years; 
    - have completed the 1st year coursework full (no missing credit points) in programme subjects worth at least 54 ECTS credits and with the examination result in main study at least "very good".

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Performers: live performance of at least 2 pieces with the max length of 15 min (the judging panel has the right to interrupt the performance at its own discretion);
  • Contemporary Improvisation and CoPeCo: 1-2 improvisations in different characters out of which 1 solo and the other in an ensemble (duo, trio etc) with the total length of 10 min. NB! The CoPeCo students can replace 1 improvisation by a contemporary piece of their own choosing.
  • Contemporary Physical Performance Making: written and performed original speech/monologue titled "Where do we go from here?" that has to be submitted in English, but can be performed in other language(s). Length of the written paper must be min 500 words and of performance max 10 minutes. NB! Deadline for submitting the written monologue is 5 October 2020 to info_cppm@eamt.ee.
  • Other majors: artistic portfolio, including list of artistic activities within last 2 years, scores, recordings etc.

The audition panel evaluates and considers the following:

  • persuasiveness and originality of artistic and/or research ideas of a candidate;
  • performance logic and fluency of performance, ability to express the emotional content of works and impressiveness of interpretation (in case of performers);
  • originality, artistic persuasiveness and technical execution in case of creative submissions (composers);
  • specialty-specific level of technical mastery;
  • general cultural and subject-specific knowledge of a candidate.

The auditions will take place:
CPPM on Saturday, 10 October @12.00 in Blackbox
All the other majors
on Monday, 12 October @10.00 in the Chamber hall (C-405)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2 October 2020.
APPLY HERE

Questions and additional info:
Kai Kiiv
+372 6675 721
kai.kiiv@eamt.ee

Orientation week for the new international students

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Orientation week for the new international students

Dear international students, with the 2020-2021 academic year quickly approaching, we want you to know that we are ready to help you jump into learning! As the next week is the orientation week, but due to the current international situation that does not allow everyone to attend it in person, it is possible to follow the majority of events online. Thus, here's some information of what is expecting you:

31.08:
12.00 opening ceremony (Great Hall+Youtube);
13.00-14.30 introductory lecture University Studies (Great Hall+Youtube), including introductory lecture by a psychologist and library briefing;

01.09:
10.30-12.00 introduction to EAMT databases (room A402+Zoom, password: EMTA); approval of study plan and electives (different rooms);

02.09:
14.30-17.00 meeting with the Migration Adviser of the Police and Border Guard Board, and a representative of the Health Board (room A402+ Youtube);
NB! If you have any questions, send them in advance by 1 September to tiina.uibo@eamt.ee

01.-03.09:
13.00 daily guided tours (meeting point in the EAMT lobby in front of the Student Council's room, next to the wardrobe). Please register to the tours in advance here (max 15 students per tour);

01.-04.09:
9.00-16.30 signing of study contracts (room D517) and arranging individual lessons with teachers of the specialty, classes on the basis of the schedule (where possible);

04.09:
15.30 WELCOME EVENT (room A402+Youtube, registration 15.00-15.30). You’ll receive your welcome bag, meet the other Erasmus and international students, hear about the events organized by the Erasmus Student Network and our Student Council. Additionally, IT-manager Innar Järva will introduce you to our online study system OIS.

Please keep in mind that you're allowed to participate in the events only if you are completely healthy!

In addition, please take a look at the International Students' Guideline for further information regarding your studies, necessary contacts and other practicalities that would be useful to know before your arrival.

Opening ceremony for the 2020/2021 academic year

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Opening ceremony for the 2020/2021 academic year

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre begins the academic year of 2020/2021 on August 31.

  • Great Hall, 10.00 – annual staff meeting
  • Great Hall, 12.00 – academic year opening ceremony for new students; 13.00–14.30 lecture "Introduction to university studies" (Great Hall)