Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye/Master’s degree

The Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye

The Abbaye aux Dames is the musical centre of Saintes. Our desire to pass on our love of music naturally led to the creation of the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye (JOA – the abbey’s youth orchestra).
The JOA offers professional training that is unrivalled in Europe. It enables young musicians finishing their studies or just embarking on their careers to interpret classical and romantic pieces using period instruments. The JOA provides young musicians with both training and an entry into the world of work. It offers them an authentic experience of the stage, as well as the opportunity to forge artistic bonds.
The intrinsically cosmopolitan JOA has now existed for over twenty years. It has never faltered in its pursuit of excellence.

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If you would be interested in scheduling a production of the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye please contact Cécile Chemin at We will send you the details of our next productions and gladly discuss the feasibility of the project with you. The JOA is an international ensemble of young musicians specialising in the interpretation of classical and romantic repertoires on period instruments. The orchestra has regular residential courses at the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes, under the direction of renowned conductors. The JOA performs both in France and internationally.

Businesses can select the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye as a beneficiary of their Taxe d’Apprentissage. This is an essential resource for young musicians hoping to integrate the professional circuit.

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The Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale, can give you access to musicians’ CVs and contact on request.
Please contact Cécile Chemin at