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Orchestral Fundamentals Program

The Orchestral Fundamentals Program provides younger musicians with the opportunity to develop their instrumental technique and ensemble skills, equipping them to join the SYO’s Symphonic Orchestral Program. Our team of passionate and experienced conductors guide ensembles across four learning stages, playing music from, and inspired by, the classical canon.

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. 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.


Auditions for the 2019 Orchestral Fundamentals Program open in the second half of 2018. 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.  In the meantime, you can submit an Expression of Interest form. 

To find out more about Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Orchestral Fundamentals Program, please click through below