The NSWYO 2018 Series
Principal Conductor: Fabian Russell
Program 1: SUN 6 MAY 2018 2.30pm, SHORE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, North Sydney
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No.2 – Paul Cheung (piano)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.10 in E Minor
Program 2: SUN 19 AUGUST 2018 2.30pm, SHORE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, North Sydney
GABRIELLE VICI New Work
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto – Anna Da Silva Chen (violin)
ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Op. 36
Program 3: SAT 1 DECEMBER 2018 7.00pm, MONTE SANT ANGELO SCHOOL, North Sydney
DVORAK Carnival Overture
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1 – Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition
Why Audition with NSWYO ?
The NSW Youth Orchestra brings together many of the very best young musicians from Sydney and around NSW, to perform acclaimed concerts of the highest standard.
In collaboration with eminent orchestral musicians, conductors, soloists and educators, we deliver exceptional orchestral training and performance experiences for talented musicians under 25 years old.
In 2017, we started our collaboration with renowned conductor Fabian Russell. Our concerts were huge successes and greatly enjoyed by our members. In 2018, NSWYO’s spectacular concert series will feature some of the most challenging and rewarding orchestral works ever written.
We will perform alongside several of Australia’s most prominent soloists – both established and emerging – in major Sydney concert halls.
All Auditions will be via video.
Applicants must be aged 25 or younger on 1 January 2018.
Playing standard: equivalent to ~ AMEB Grade 6 or higher.
Although the main 2018 auditions have concluded, we consider applications throughout the year. Please fill in the application form and we will let you know if we have a position available for your instrument.
The non-refundable application fee of $40 to cover costs will only apply if you are required to audition.
Priority will be given to applicants playing in all 3 concerts for competitive positions.
Acceptance of positions is not confirmed until membership fee (see below) is paid.
You will play a 1-2 min solo of your choice (can be whole or part of a piece) followed by all the excerpts for your instrument. Players aged 16 or less can choose to play any 3 of the excerpts provided.
The video must not be stopped during the recording. If it is, you will have to start again.
Video recordings may not be edited, nor any effects added. Phone videos are acceptable. You will not be penalized for the quality of your video, although it is important that it is good enough to see and hear you clearly.
Videos should be available for watching online – download links will not be accepted.
If you submit YouTube links, be sure your videos have the proper settings:
VIDEO MANAGER → videos → Basic Info → from the dropdown menu, please choose “Public” or “Unlisted” instead of “Private”.
Please email your weblink to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Insert your name and instrument in the subject heading.
Musicians are expected to attend at least 90% of rehearsals throughout the year.
Rehearsals are held in the Crows Nest Community Centre on Friday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:15pm, excluding school holidays. BBQ or pizza is provided from 6pm every week. There are extra rehearsals in the week before the concert.
In order to ensure that the orchestra is able to give the best possible performance at each concert, you would be expected to:
- Attend at least 90% of rehearsals and tutorials
- Inform us well in advance of any rehearsal you cannot attend, and if you are playing a soloistic part, to help find a substitute player
- Assist with setup and packup of the rehearsal/concert venues
- Practice sufficiently in your own time so that you are proficient with the music
- Pay membership fees on time without needing us to chase you
For all 3 concerts: $600
For 1 concert: $250
- Earlybird: 10% discount if payment is received before the first rehearsal on Friday 16th March 2018.
- Tertiary: 10% discount for tertiary students (student card required), can be in addition to earlybird
Payment plans are available. Please contact us to discuss.
A number of merit-based scholarships will be awarded to NSWYO musicians who play in all 3 concerts. Scholars will be selected from their NSWYO audition.
In cases of genuine financial hardships (proof required), NSWYO may consider fee reductions.
Section Leader and Concertmaster Responsibilities
Play in the 3 major concerts.
Attend at least 90% of rehearsals.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to rehearsal start time to ensure their section is set up and stay back to help pack up; or organise someone in section to do this.
For woodwind, brass and percussion sections, ensure all orchestral parts are covered for all rehearsals and concerts. Discuss schedule within your section to identify potential absences and discuss with conductor the need to reallocate parts or replace players based on availability.
Ensure members of your section are fully aware that if they are absent from a rehearsal or tutorial without the conductor’s approval, they may be dismissed from the orchestra. In addition, they need to attend at least 90% of rehearsals.
Help to recruit players as required
Maintain an up to date confidential email and contact for
• All members of section, Other section leaders
• Conductor, Orchestra manager, President
Welcome new members and discuss with whole section, NSWYO’s expectations of attendance and attitude.
Send group email to section whenever you need to address an issue or to remind them of particular information.
Ensure percussion equipment is returned to the correct place after each rehearsal, tutorial or concert. Enlist help as required.
In addition to above,
Ensure orchestra is tuned and ready to start at 6.30pm and immediately after the break
Liaise with all section leaders