Western Sydney Youth Orchestra
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO) is the newest in the SYO family, with 2017 being it's inaugural year. Based in Parramatta, WSYO offers highly reputable orchestral training to young musicians living locally, reducing the barriers between where they live and the opportunities they can seize! This orchestra will, led by highly esteemed conductor and educator James Pensini, focus on the essentials of orchestral playing and performance, tackling repertoire ranging from the Classical to Romantic periods. This project has been made possible through the support of Founding Partners Fort St Capital and Dixon Advisory. By joining WSYO young musicians from Western Sydney will connect with over 450 other talented young people and become part of the SYO family.
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra seeks applications from all string, wind, brass and percussion musicians 12 years and over, AMEB Grade 5 - minimum or equivalent.
Read and download the media release here.
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra violist, Keith Lizardo, recently shared these kind words to WSYO Conductor James Pensini, encapsulating all the reasons why we do what we do here at Sydney Youth Orchestras -
Hi Mr. Pensini,
I didn't get a chance yesterday evening to formally thank you for your efforts for conducting and mentoring a young and gifted orchestra. So, on behalf of the musicians of WSYO, we'd like to thank you for not only being an extremely great conductor, but also the extraordinary and enthusiastic person we have looked up to for the past term. It was your enthusiasm with the music and others that encouraged us to become better musicians. Through your profound knowledge of music and its history, we have learned an immense amount of theory, resulting in us further understanding the performed works. Your talk about "practice" last night was extremely helpful for us, including me, to understand how to manage times, and to practice effectively and efficiently. As you can see, these are some of the many things you have done that have positively impacted the orchestra. I have very much appreciated your efforts and as for this, I would like to give a huge thank you for everything that has been accomplished in the past term.
Also, please extend my thanks to Kath for being such an amazing coordinator for the WSYO, for her sacrifice to being with us and her generosity in purchasing meals at the commencement of the term rehearsal and the final term rehearsal.
In regards to what was said on Sunday, here is the "speech" that was read before the performance.
"There are people out there who think we don't have what it takes, they think we're just another ordinary orchestra. I'm here to tell you we're not. We all belong together, we're family, we're one voice, one collective instrument. We're not performing individually to show off. We're not performing for ourselves, we're not performing just to say we're good. Well, we kinda we are but, “We perform to tell a story.” Our sheet music is our novel, our instruments are our voice. Establish a connection with the audience and tell that story.
We do this performance today for our parents, our family, our loved ones. Make this performance count. Thank them for their efforts and sacrifice to being here today and make them proud. We've worked our butts off the last couple of weeks and I don't want to waste that. We can blow away this audience, I know we can. This is our official public debut. Make this performance huge, make this performance big, make this your best, perform like it's your last. We perform as one, we perform as a family, we share the same voice, we're in this together. Now let's go and make a statement."
Once again, I'd like to thank you for such an outstanding term, and I look forward for what is to come in the future.
REPERTOIRE FOR 2017
Beethoven, Ludwig van (arr. Leidig) - Symphony No. 7, Second Movement
Brahms, Johannes (arr. Leidig) - Symphony No. 1, Fourth Movement
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai (arr. Meyer) - Capriccio Espagnol
Rossini, Giacomo (arr. Lehmeier) - William Tell Overture
Smetana, Bedrich (arr. Meyer) - The Moldau
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra will present a number of concerts throughout Western Sydney in 2017 as well as perform in the SYO seasonal showcase concerts.
17 June - Winter Showcase - SHORE School, North Sydney
9 December - Summer Showcase - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
TUTORIALS, SECTIONALS & MASTERCLASSES Musicians from the Sydney Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra tutor each section of the orchestra on a regular basis, an association which allows members exposure to the professional music industry. SYO also offers a number of master classes with international guest artists and attend music retreats which offer intensive learning opportunities.
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra Partners