Manuel Tábora, a first-year viola MA candidate studying with Professor Christine Rutledge, will be traveling to China in December and January with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (www.yoa.org). Tábora also serves as a research assistant for the School of Music’s Center for New Music Ensemble. Tábora will perform in the cities of Chongquing, Guanzhou, Shangai, Dalian, Xian, and Bejing. As a member of the YOA String Quartet, Manuel was also in residence at the first Annual Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur, California, founded by Phillip Glass.
Free and open auditions are held annually in January via YouTube, removing the cost of international postage, to ensure that any deserving and eligible musician can apply. Following adjudication by a prestigious faculty, all musicians in the new orchestra participate on full-scholarship, to achieve the greatest equality and diversity possible. Congratulations Manuel!