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The NSWYO 2019 Series

Principal Conductor: Fabian Russell

Program 1: SUN 5 MAY 2019  3pm

Winning Composition Competition 1

Winner of Member Concerto Competition

DVORAK  Symphony No.9 “New world”

Program 2: SUN 18 AUGUST 2019  3pm

Winning Composition Competition 2

RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini  – Kristian Chong (piano)

PROKOFIEV Symphony No.5

Program 3: Sun 1 DECEMBER 2019  3pm

Winning Composition Competition 3

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 – Paul Cheung (piano)



The NSWYO 2018 Series

Principal Conductor: Fabian Russell

Program 1: SUN 6 MAY 2018 2.30pm, SHORE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRENorth 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 CENTRENorth Sydney

GABRIELLE VICI  (NSWYO member) Duplexity – World Premiere

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 SCHOOLNorth Sydney

DVORAK Carnival Overture

SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No.1 – Michael Kieran Harvey (piano) & Raphael Harvey (Trumpet)

CHRISTOPHER PANTELIDIS (NSWYO member) The Everywhere Stretch – Sydney Premiere

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 28 years old.

In 2017, we started our collaboration with renowned conductor Fabian Russell.  Our concerts have been huge successes and greatly enjoyed by our members. NSWYO continues its spectacular concert series featuring 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.

In 2019, we have exciting competitions:

  1. NSWYO Member Concerto Competition where the winner plays their chosen Concerto with NSWYO.
  2. Australian Composer Competition Submit your orchestral composition (<15mins) now or throughout the year. Each concert, NSWYO will perform a winning composition.

Audition details

All Auditions will be via video.

Applicants must be aged 28 or younger on 1 January 2019.

Playing standard: equivalent to ~ AMEB Grade 6 or higher.

Please fill in the application form and pay the audition fee of $40 and the excerpts will be emailed to you.

Upload your audition video by 24th February 2019.

Positions will be offered from 17th March 2019.

Pay 20% of total fee to confirm position.

Priority will be given to applicants playing in all 3 concerts for competitive positions.

Video Instructions

You will play a 2 min solo of your choice (can be whole or part of a piece) followed by the excerpts for your instrument.

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 by 24th February 2019 to:  antony.lau@nswyo.com.au

Insert your name and instrument in the subject heading.


Musicians are expected to attend at least 80% of rehearsals throughout the year.

Rehearsals are held in the Crows Nest Community Centre on usually 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 80% 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

Membership Fees

For all 3 concerts: $600

For 2 concerts: $450

For 1 concert: $250


  • Earlybird: 15% discount if payment is received before the first rehearsal on Sunday 31 March 2019.
  • Tertiary: 15% 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 80% 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.

Percussion Leader

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

For more information: info@nswyo.com.au

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