2020 Auditions

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The NSWYO 2020 Series

Principal Conductor: TBA



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 2020, we have exciting competitions:

  1. NSWYO 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 2020.

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

We accept applications throughout the year. Please fill in the application form. We will be in contact.

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 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

– Membership fees (including all discounts & audition fee deduction if paid by Fri 12 April) for 1, 2 and 3 concerts:
* Tertiary student: $135 / $260 / $380
* School student: $170 / $330 / $470

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 80% 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 after the break
Liaise with all section leaders


For more information: info@nswyo.com.au

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