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YAM Speakers


Scott Rogers



Many producers of concerts have their primary focus on the musicians and their performance, but what about the audience? To produce a better listening experience for young audiences, we must first understand how and why children and teenagers listen. By delving into the process of listening and how it develops over time, we can create more effective and satisfying concert programs for young audiences.  

Scott Rogers is a musician, composer, producer and educator working in Oslo, Norway. His extensive teaching experience sparked a lifelong curiosity about the ways in which children listen to, create, and use music. He has produced concerts for young audiences for 10 years and served a 6-year term as the artistic director for Concerts Norway/Rikskonsertene, where he was responsible for a production network that created school concerts for the entire country. Scott Rogers is currently assistant head of Norway’s talent program for young classical musicians (aged 10-16), “Musikk på Majorstuen”. This school is unique in Norway, in that it incorporates an accelerated music curriculum within the student’s regular school day.  

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Jo Mangan


Jo Mangan is Artistic Director/CEO of The Performance Corporation, and former Director of Carlow Arts Festival. Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally. Her creative projects are in the realms of Theatre, Opera, Site-specific and Virtual Reality work. Recently she led the creation of a participative VR piece - Out of the Ordinary, for Irish National Opera over 3 years which won the prestigious Fedora Digital Award. 

She founded The SPACE Programme - Ireland’s longest-running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Technology. Jo is a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow, and with that worked at the Barbican Arts Centre as well as the Irish Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Other work includes Creative Consultancy for organisations including the Abbey Theatre and National Museum of Ireland.What Next? (the UK arts advocacy group). We are delighted to have Jo with us at YAMsession 2022, to unpack what it takes to put together a VR Community Opera, what are the new possibilities that this new form presents and what are the challenges that still have to be overcome in order to bring music and theatre through an authentic experience through this growing medium.

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Caecilia Thunnissen / Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy


Under the leadership of Caecilia Thunnissen, Artistic Director of OORKAAN, and Elisabeth Pöcksteiner, artistic manager for Young Audiences for JEUNESSE Austria, the Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy lays the foundation for top-level (artistic) support of young artists, their scenic-musical work and the development of a new artistic language for young audiences. Based on the internationally known Oorkaan Method, Thunnissen and her team of trainers give an intensive program of trainings in physical acting and dance, and masterclasses in regie and dramaturgy. The created miniature staged concerts are then presented to young audiences and families.

Established in 2020 and based in Vienna and Amsterdam, the Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy invites programmers from concert halls and festivals every year to select candidates for the academy. The university umbrella of the Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy is provided by the Musik und Kunst
Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien.

In this YAM Talk, Caecilia Thunnissen, together with theater maker Cornelia Voglmayr, student of the Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy 2022, and Michela Zanoni, harpist of the Oorkaan Ensemble, will give an insight into the impact of the Jeunesse-Oorkaan-Academy on artists, on audiences and on the innovation of the musical practice.

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