Sound bites

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2008, 12:00am

Conductor James Judd, violinist Elmar Oliveira and cellists Alisa Weilerstein and Wang Jian are tutoring this year's Asian Youth Orchestra rehearsal camp, which starts tomorrow. Why were they selected and how will they help contribute to the training? Artistic director of Asian Youth Orchestra, Richard Pontzious (right): 'They have a passion for music and a passion to teach. They are all super players and teachers in their own field. They have the knowledge needed and were able to pass it along.

'They coach with patience, share their expertise not only verbally ... they bring the class of diversity together. The rehearsal comes in two basic forms: sectional rehearsal, players go to different rooms ... with instructors conducting individual practices. They will go over the rhythms, intonations, and learn how to play in tune with others.

'In the full orchestra rehearsal, it's like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Instructors will show them how they sound in a full orchestra, then go back to sectional rehearsals and [make improvements].

'The orchestra members are here on track to be professionals. This camp will have them play and live a life like the professionals.'