Twenty-five years of history make our orchestra one of the oldest and the strongest musical projects of the University panorama of Spain. OVUF has more than a thousand egress musicians. Most of them now play in the best orchestras of Europe (Deutsche Oper, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Gulbenkian Lisboa, Orquesta Nacional de España, Malta Symphonic Orchestra, etc.). Another important part of the egress musicians are now musical conductors, musical professors at the most important conservatories, or very well-known composers such as Francisco Coll, David Meseguer or Amparo Edo.
However, most of the students who have been part of OFUV developed their university career in different fields (Medicine, Law, Psychology, Economy, etc.), but they could improve and practice their musical and transversal skills in the orchestra while they studied at the University.
In 2015, OFUV created SINERGIA (www.sinergia.red), a network that brings together almost 20 Spanish university orchestras in a portal web, to share information and experiences. The SINERGIA network represents an added value to the MEETS project as it gives the possibility to get in contact with all its members and disseminate the deliverables and results of the project.
The University of Valencia organizes each year, in the summer, the SERENATES musical festival (http://go.uv.es/Jj0Rryu).
The Area of Musical Activities organizes several music courses during the academic course (http://go.uv.es/40VkcRO), which can be capitalised on in the development of the MEETS methodology. These educational activities can also be shared with the other orchestras of the partnership.
Finally, OFUV and FGUV have participated, over the years, in the following projects which represent relevant experiences the MEETS project can capitalise on:
– E+SCN, Erasmus- Scene Network, an artistic project involving Erasmus students, local students and local refugees and immigrants to develop linguistic, communicative, artistic and expressive competencies merging culture and education. The final goal was to improve participants’ integration and employability.
– AVANTJOVE, Establishing a partnership to set up a Youth Guarantee Scheme in Valencia Region, aimed to equip young people with entrepreneurial tools, skills, practical knowledge and training enabling them to set up their business and enter into the labour market changing their behaviour face to job searching. In this context, FGUV developed an innovative test to measure the potential entrepreneurial attitudes of candidates participating in the project.