Location: Online

Medinea On Air is free upon registration and for all young artists -instrumentists, composers and conductors- students, professionals, researchers and the curious from the Euro-Mediterranean region and above!

During this session, emphasis is placed on preparation for the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s auditions (March–November each year), both musically and technically. A technological section presents tools to create videos and sound recordings, as well as solutions to rehearse together while in different parts of the world. The following section, devoted to professional skills, gives keys to deal with outreach projects. A cultural section tackles Middle Eastern and Balkan music, and their appropriation by jazz musicians questioning more generally what is the Mediterranean Identity.


Friday 09 December:
02 PM* UTC: Keys to build your artistic outreach workshop |
Career Development and Human, Social and Entrepreneurial Skills and Aesthetics
This webinar offers keys to undertaking your artistic projects that aim to reach out extremely diverse audiences with special needs, with the wish to share and pass on music to as the greatest number of people possible. Mark Withers and Violaine Fournier will share their own strong experiences in this field, and address questions you should ask yourself when creating your own musical outreach workshop: about the importance of working in connection with your community, and the creativity you need to develop, as an artist, in this process.
Speakers: Violaine Fournier | Mark Withers
Proposed by the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Monday 12 December:
03 PM*UTC: Home recording for performers | Digital Technology
With the rise in popularity of social media sites such as YouTube and Instagram, performers’ online presences have gained importance. In addition, during the pandemic, many amateur and professional performers became acquainted with home recording, which also proved to be a viable option for professional recording studios, voiceover recording studios and audiobook companies. Because of these developments, many performers built themselves home studios or transformed their bedrooms into sound recording spaces. Since home recording has become important for performers, this webinar will introduce performers to home recording practices. We will discuss essential sound recording equipment and software. Then, the ways to use this equipment and to do home recording will be illustrated via a sample recording session. Finally, the post-production phase of mixing and mastering will be explained
Speakers: Oğuz Öz | Laçin Şahin
Proposed by Istanbul Technical University MIAM.

Tuesday 13 December:
02 PM*UTC: Audition’s strategy |
Audition and Competition Preparation
This webinar offers keys to improve your audition practice and be better prepared for these important and career-defining steps. Quentin Hindley will guide you towards the strategic decisions you need to take: from the piece of your own-choosing, the time management of your audition, the goals you are targeting while auditioning, your presentation and speech, and messages you want the jury to receive from you.
Speaker: Quentin Hindley
Proposed by the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Wednesday 14 December:
From 01:30 PM* to 03:30 PM*: Online Musical Collaboration |
Digital Technology
We are at an exciting time in the history of musical collaboration. With digital infrastructure improving globally and Internet speeds increasing, the possibility of making music remotely with other musicians is becoming a reality. In these sessions, we will explore the potentials and limitations, as well as the pros and cons, of available infrastructure and software for online musical collaboration, and talk about what future digital developments will mean for musicians working online. We will learn how to initiate and join an online music session, by connecting to other musicians remotely in other parts of the same country or in different countries and playing together in real-time;
01:30 PM*UTC: 1/3 – Introduction to the World of Online Musical Collaboration
We will look at what it means to collaborate musically online, the role that infrastructure and available hardware play, and the pros and cons of live as well as ‘like live’ online collaboration.
02:30 PM*UTC: 2/3 – Online Collaboration Solutions
We will consider and discuss currently available software solutions for collaboration online and establish the strengths and weaknesses of those solutions.
03:30 PM*UTC: 3/3 – Practical Examples and the Future
The session will featuring a demonstration of creating a live online collaboration session and of joining a session.  We will also show the experience of playing with others online, consider issues that may cause complications with this process, and talk about the future possibilities of online collaboration.
Speakers: Max Erwin | Mario Frendo | Joseph Marshall
Proposed by ARC Research & Consultancy and supported by L-Università ta’ Malta – School Of Performing Arts

Thursday 15 December:
1:00 PM*UTC: Middle Eastern music traditions and jazz | Aesthetics, Cultures, Identities and Artistic Encounters

2:00 PM*UTC: Balkanic music traditions and jazz | Aesthetics, Cultures, Identities and Artistic Encounters
What’s (IMHO) the main peculiarity of jazz?
There are many ideas and opinions around, but I think that if I had to choose just one term, I would say the main word is “permeability”.Improvisation, composition, arrangement, rhythm, instrumentation, pronunciation, swing… everything comes after.
History tells us that this music was born through (and thanks to) the meeting of cultures. And this meeting is still ongoing through time and space. That’s why (paraphrasing Neil Young about Rock’n’Roll) Jazz will never die. Jazz will never die because it is a matter of evolution. Jazz could have been dead only if you think that “it should be played just in one way”, only if you live in prejudice and with no vision… If you forget how and why jazz was born.
In our two webinars, I will try to talk about the connection with two specific worlds: the Balkan area and the Middle East, in terms of territories and musical influences. Because there are a lot of possible unexplored paths. Still.
Speaker: Enrico Merlin
Proposed by Ente Musicale di Nuoro

If you have any questions about the Medinea on Air programme or any issue registering, please consult the Q&A section or contact us at medineaonair@medinea-community.com.

Medinea On Air is a European Union Erasmus+ funded programme that unites six partners from the Mediterranean region: the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France), the Ente Musicale di Nuoro (Italy), ARC Research and Consultancy (Malta), the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal), the University of Ljubljana – Academy of Music (Slovenia), and the Istanbul Technical University (Turkey).

Medinea On Air aims to provide specific preparation for classical musicians and improvisers who wish to audition for the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s symphonic and Medinea Sessions; and more broadly, to enrich young musicians’ musical training. Therefore, in addition to “Audition and Competition Preparation”, the Medinea On Air programme provides three other modules: “Digital Technology”, “Career Development and Human, Social and Entrepreneurial Skills” and “Aesthetics, Cultures, Identities and Artistic Encounters”.

4 broadcasting sessions are scheduled over a year with 38 live interactive webinars giving the floor to renowned artists and high-qualified pedagogues. They are free and open to all upon registration and will last about 40 minutes each.

*All times are given in UTC. To know the broadcast time of your place of residence click HERE 

Financial Support


Registration deadline

December 7, 2022


What is Medinea On Air? How is it planned ?

Medinea On Air is an online, free and interactive exchange of knowledge programme. It intends to enrich young musicians’ musical training with digital skills, career development skills, and knowledge of Mediterranean music traditions and provides specific preparation for Mediterranean Youth Orchestra’s symphonic and Medinea sessions.

38 live interactive webinars are scheduled giving the floor to renowned artists and high-qualified pedagogues. They are open to all upon registration and will last about 40 minutes each.

The different webinars are part of four modules: Audition and Competition Preparation, Digital Technology, Career Development and Human, Social and Entrepreneurial Skills, and Aesthetics, Cultures, Identities and Artistic Encounters.

Four broadcasting sessions will take place between April 2022 and May 2023.

What are the participation requirements? and how to proceed to register?

The registration deadline for the first session is 07th December 2022.

Medinea On Air specifically targets instrumentalists and conductors with a classical music background and musicians who have an intense practice of musical improvisation in jazz and traditional music, even of the composition. However, Medinea On Air is open to all upon registration. It is totally free and no specific prerequisite is required to register and to attend the webinars. Every registrant is automatically selected to participate in the session.

By clicking on the link at the bottom of this page, you will be redirected to a registration form where you will have to enter your email address and some information about yourself. Please make sure you give us real information, as we will use it to generate your certificate of attendance in the webinars.

What do I need during each webinar? Can I have a certificate of attendance?

We advise you to carefully read the descriptions of each webinar provided on our website in order to prepare yourself and your questions.

To join a Zoom meeting: you do not need to have a Zoom account yourself. You only need to click on the link to the webinar you want to attend and it will automatically open in your browser. Your computer/tablet/smartphone must be equipped with a camera. You may use headphones as well.

These webinars have been designed to encourage interaction between speakers and participants, so it is up to you to make the most of these opportunities to interact with these professionals and to engage them with all your questions.

Yes, you will have a certificate of attendance if you wish to. We will send you a link to a form after the end of the broadcasting session. After giving your feedback, you may check a box to require a certificate. We will get back to you within three weeks with a PDF of an official certificate of attendance.