The Webern Sinfonietta
The Webern Sinfonietta is the chamber orchestra of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. While the Webern Symphony Orchestra focuses on studying and performing the great symphonic literature, in some cases with internationally renowned guest conductors, the priority of the Sinfonietta is giving concerts as part of students’ education. Under the direction of the university’s professors, the Sinfonietta works on compositions for orchestra and chamber orchestra, as well as seldom performed pieces, world premières and pieces with special instrumentation. The concerts given by the Webern Sinfonietta also provide selected students at the university with the opportunity of performing as soloists with the orchestra.
One of the main goals of the Webern Sinfonietta is to ensure that students have experience with an aspect of music-making that is crucial for future orchestral musicians: becoming familiar with and participating in the complex structure of performing as part of an orchestra. The objectives here range from the social aspect of fitting into the group to rhythmic flexibility, from blending the individual sound into the desired overall sound to hearing the music as a whole (“listening to the score”), with the overall goal of guiding students in the Viennese playing tradition and the typical Viennese orchestral sound.
Helmut Zehetner, professor for orchestral instruction at the university, has artistic/educational responsibility for orchestras. As a member of the Vienna Philharmonic, he teaches the next generation about the traditional Viennese sound.