A youth orchestra of 4-17 year olds is being formed by the Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia in Rome, with subsidies from the city and the charitable organisation Isma. More than 100 children auditioned for the orchestra. Five scholarships will be offered to talented youngsters who cannot afford the annual membership subscription of 400 and tuition fees. The orchestra is made up of equal numbers of boys and girls who study privately or at local conservatories. They will be directed by the Antonio Pantaneschi and Simone Genuini and will receive some tuition from music professors at S. Cecilia. Known as the Juni Orchestra the first concert is scheduled on 12 June at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Viale P. de Coubertin.
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