International Youth Symphony Orchestra 13-17 years old

Summer Academy from 4th to 13th August 2019 - LIMITED PLACES!
Who is this course addressed to?

The course is directed by Jean-Jo Roux (conducting) and Emmanuel André (strings) co-animators of more than 25 music courses with a symphonic orchestra made up of 85 young musicians.

The course is addressed to all young musicians from around the world, aged 13 to 17, possessing a high instrumental level – equivalent to a minimum of the second cycle of conservatory studies.
All orchestral instruments are welcome:

  • Strings (violin, viola, cello and double bass)
  • Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon)
  • Brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba)
  • Percussion

The course will be held at the Centre Méditerranéen de Cap d'Ail, in an magnificent park covering 3 hectares, with round the clock security. In addition to the presence of the professor musicians and technical coordinators, the course is supervised by BAFA organizers, falling within the activities of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and in conformity with current regulatory standards in force. 

Goals of the course

  • Orchestral work:
    • Promote collective listening: themes, nuances, rhythms.
    • Initiation to the interpretation, style and musical performance of proposed works.
    • Managing personal energy and concentration through promoting the pleasure of playing music collectively!
  • Instrumental work (individual and in ensembles):
    • Perfecting playing technique by families of instruments (phrasing, fingering, bowing, reading scores, sight reading, etc.)
  • International music encounter:
    • Practicing and playing together, with young musicians from various backgrounds, sharing the same passion in a friendly, multicultural environment. Preparing a variety of end-of-course concerts together, to be held in Monaco or Cap d'Ail, and at the Amphithéâtre Jean Cocteau du Centre Méditerranéen.

Symphonic programme

From Vivaldi to film music, and even jazz. These are the works which have stimulated the interest of generations of young musicians in previous courses. Emmanuel André and Jean-Jo Roux wish to awaken the interests of young international musicians (proposals from future course participants will be favourably considered). However, they reserve the right to alter and adapt symphonic programme indications in relation to available instruments and the profile of the course participants.
Two end-of-course concerts are organised: in the amphitheatre with extraordinary acoustics decorated by Jean Cocteau, as well as at the Fort Antoine theatre in Monaco.


9h00/12h30: Music stands or Tutti (With break!)
Early afternoons free (1.30 pm/4.30 pm): relaxation at the Centre, (group games, ping pong, etc.) / outings nearby in small groups of unaccompanied teenagers (if outing authorisation signed by parents).
Supervised outings: Bathing / excursion to Monaco / walk in Cap d'Ail with a team leader, 2 times during the stay.
17h/19h: Music stands or Tutti (With break!)
Evenings: International entertainment.

Rates and registration

Each application for registration must be approved by the course's musical direction.
Please fill out the application form below. 
If your application as a young musician is accepted, we will send you an email with a link to an online registration form with integrated payment. When your electronic registration form and deposit payment of 250 € have been received, CMEF will send a confirmation email for your child's registration to the course, along with practical information on all events during the participants' stay on campus.
Possible daytime only attendance: non-priority, depending on available places.

Full payment of 405 € (net of bank charges) must be received one month before the beginning of the course at the latest.

If you have further questions or you would like more details, write to us at the address
By phone: + 33 06 86 96 68 64

Practical Information

  • The scores will be sent by internet in PDF format. You may bring sheets of chamber music.
  • Don't forget: your music desk, pencil and music paper, extra reeds and strings, a black score holder.
  • Concert attire: black.
  • Greeting at the Centre Méditerranéen : Bedrooms of between 3 to 5 beds with bathrooms. Full board. You are required to provide your own towels.
  • If you have any questions relating to the musical side of the course, don’t hesitate to contact the music teachers at their email address. For any other queries, the Centre Méditerranéen is at your service by telephone, fax, email.
Application form
Summer 2019 music staff

Orchestra work is provided by professionals from the best French symphonic education.

Jean-Jo Roux

Registered music teacher - Conductor and composer - Officer decorated for services to education in France - Musical director of the Scènefonia Orchestra - Chevalier des Arts et Lettres 

Emmanuel  Andre


Baba-Dath Harumi


Corinne Bernard


Paul-Marie Kuzma


Julien Pontoire


Read more about our music staff

Jean-Jo Roux, registered music teacher 
He created the Symphonic Orchestra at the Lycée David d’Anger in 1983 (65 youths aged between 11 and 18 years) 
This orchestra has performed in Houston, New York, Boston, Dallas, New Orleans, Vienna, Copenhagen, Prague, Montreal, Berlin, Cracovia, Shanghai, Peking, Bamako, Budapest… Having toured China twice (1998 and 2004) JJ Roux was invited to conduct a chinese youth Orchestra and  to put on two concerts in August 2006 in Suzhou near Shanghai.
He is the musical director of Scènefonia, a symphony orchestra from Angers.
Some of his latest creations: 
- TH SKÉMYA, for choir and orchestra
- LES AMANTS DE GALERNE (The Lovers of Galerne), opera (2016).

Emmanuel  Andre, violinist
After studying music at the National Music Academy in the Region of Angers, then of St. Maur (awarded the Gold Medal following an unanimous vote), Emmanuel André got a scholarship at the National Superior Music Academy in Paris. Subsequently, he went on to obtain first prize for the violin voted for unanimously at the CNSM in Lyon and be became a member of of the Radio-France Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994.

He has taken part in the master classes of J-J Kantorow, the Ravel Quartet and more recently he has worked with P. Oundjan, a member of the Tokyo Quartet. Furthermore, Emmanuel André has the job of passing his experience on to the youngest of musicians : it is for this reason that he regularly has a hand in the “Young Public“ activities of the Philharmonic Orchestra and for 25 years, he has led an orchestra workshop for young people. 
He teaches violin at the Conservatoire d'Asnières-sur-Seine, near Paris.

Baba-Dath Harumi, tuba
Tuba, euphonium teacher, at CRR of Montpellier 
Tuba, euphonium teacher, at CRR of Perpignan
Tuba teacher at Conservatoire of Perpignan
Studies : Tuba at CNSMD of Lyon 
Studies : Music Performance Tuba in 昭和音楽大学
She studied at 共立女子第二高等学校 
She studied at 共立女子第二中学校

Corinne  Bernard, flutist
Professor of Woodwind    
2015: DEM Traverso (Transverse flute) by unanimity, CRR Aix en Provence
2012: State teaching certificate in traverso, CESMD Poitou-Charentes
Teaching experience includes: 
12 years of Professorship
2015-2019: Orchestra project at the "DEMOS" school, Marseille
2014-2019: Conservatoire à Rayonnement Intercommunal (Intercommunal Conservatory), Saint Maximin la Ste Baume 
Municipal School of Music, Bandol
2014-2015: Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional (Regional Conservatory), Toulon, traverso and musical training.
 Artistic Experience 
2016-2019: Creation of the baroque ensemble "Horae" (soprano, traverso, viola da gamba, harpsichord)
Creation of the duet "Odyssée" (flute and guitar)
2015-2019: Toulon Opera Orchestra, Provence Mediterranean Philharmonic Orchestra, Cannes Regional Orchestra, Piccolo solo of the  Musique des Équipages de la Flotte de Brest (Brest Fleet Crew Music), Baroque and modern "Azulejo" flute ensemble      

Paul-Marie Kuzma, cellist
Professor of cello and contrabass

He began playing the cello at the age of six with Thérèse Pollet at the Saint Cloud Conservatory.
He then entered the Conservatoire Régional (Regional Conservatory) of Boulogne Billancourt in 2008, in Pascale Michaca's class, then went on to join Xavier Gagnepain's class in the Diplôme Fin d'Études (Secondary School Diploma) where he was awarded the Certificate with distinction by unanimity in 2014, then the Cycle Spécialisé Supérieur (Specialised Higher Education) where he obtained the Music Studies Diploma with distinction in 2016. 
After a year of further training with Cyrille Lacrouts, supersolist at the Paris Opera, he was unanimously admitted for the entry exam in cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Higher National Conservatory for Music) in Paris in the class of Jérôme Pernoo, where he performed solo or in a formation of several cellos at various concert halls (Salle Cortot, Radio France, etc.). In 2018, he won the 2nd prize in the international competition "Tremplin", and since 2019 he has returned to the academy of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France.      

Julien Pontoiredirector
Julien began his musical studies at the Ecole Nationale De Musique (National School of Music) in Bourges followed by a course in orchestra conducting. A musician in the Clisson philharmonic orchestra (44) under the direction of Maxime Niel, he is currently a percussionist in Scènefonia Orchestra (Angers) under the direction of Jean-Jo Roux.
He is a music teacher and teaches drums, piano and solfège in different departments of Loire Atlantique and Maine et Loire. He also conducts several harmony orchestras. He is responsible for conducting the orchestra of the Academy trainees and assisting the percussionists and pianists.