Orchestral Fundamentals Program
Auditions for the 2018 Orchestral Fundamentals Program open in July 2017 - to sign up for our Auditions click here. String musicians over the age of 6 years, with a playing ability of AMEB grade 1 and above are invited to audition and will then be placed in the ensemble best suited to their current skill level.
Students are also encouraged to enrol in the SYO Theory Program. Lessons occur in the hour before rehearsal sessions, and introduce participants to the principles of musicianship as they relate to the instrumental ensemble work they are undertaking in rehearsals.
REHEARSALS & TUTORIALS
Students attend weekly Saturday rehearsals at St Mary’s Cathedral College. In 2017, Stages 1 and 2 rehearse from 10am–12:30pm, and Stages 3 and 4 rehearse from 1pm–4pm. All ensembles also receive regular tutorials from professional musicians from Sydney’s leading arts organisations.
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
Ensembles in the Orchestral Fundamentals Program perform in four Seasonal Showcase concerts each year, one towards the end of each term. These Showcases provide our young musicians the opportunity to perform in a variety of professional concert venues, and to share their music-making with friends and family.
ORCHESTRAL FUNDAMENTALS CAMP
In the first term of each year, Orchestral Fundamentals Program students attend a non-residential Camp. This weekend intensive allows students to bond as a group with their conductor and quickly advance their repertoire knowledge.
STAGE 1, String Orchestras
Approximate minimum standard AMEB Grade 1 or equivalent.
STAGE 2, String Orchestras
Approximate minimum standard AMEB Grade 3 or equivalent.
STAGE 3, String Orchestras
Approximate minimum standard AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent.
STAGE 4, Sinfonia
For string, wind, brass, and percussion players. Approximate minimum standard AMEB Grade 6.
SYO Strings Program Conductors - 2017
BRIAN BUGGY OAM - Stage 4 - Bartok
DR IRINA ANDREEVA - Stage 3 - Brahms
ALICE HIGGINS - Stage 3 - Grieg
KATHRYN CROSSING - Stage 2 - Haydn
JOANNE WAPLES - Stage 2 - Mozart
PETER CORKILL - Stage 1 - Corelli
HELOISE MEISEL - Stage 1 - Vivaldi