Last weekend, King’s Academy hosted the eighth Jordan’s Youth Musicians Conference (JYMC), an annual music festival that brings together young musicians between the ages of 10 and 22 to engage in the process of music making and performing. The conference also aims to raise awareness in Jordan about the importance and need for music through the sharing of musical experiences and expertise with one another and the community.
During the conference, students and teachers spent the weekend at King’s rehearsing their individual parts of a predetermined piece and learning to play as part of an ensemble. Students perform as part of a full symphonic orchestra, concert band, string orchestra or guitar ensemble. The conference concluded on Sunday with a dazzling performance in front of a packed auditorium.
This year, some 89 students and seven faculty members from schools around Amman, including King’s Academy, American Community School and Amman Baptist School, played a challenging repertoire — conducted by King’s music faculty members — that included crowd favorites such as Beethoven's Symphony no. 5, First Movement, The Toreador Song from Carmen, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, First Movement, and the pop hit “Havana.”
According to music teacher Judith Goltz, it was the first time for many of the students to perform as part of a large ensemble, during which they must learn how their individual parts fit into the overall picture. This year, students also learned some additional musical skills including how to play in an uncommon time signature, singing, playing syncopated rhythms, and how to engage with their audience during performances.
“To say I am proud of the musicians is an understatement,” said Goltz. “That is the wonderful thing about music: it is timeless and transcends boundaries. What an honor it was that we were able to come together for just two days and create something so beautiful, so profoundly moving.”
- Jordan’s Youth Musicians Conference