Wollongong Conservatorium of Music is a member of the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums (ANSWRC). One great aspect of our membership is the opportunity available to our students to work with musicians from world-class orchestras including the Australian World Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW is about to commence activity for 2017 with a camp in July for existing members (as well as a handful of lucky players of oboe, bassoon, French horn and double bass - 6th grade and above who may be able to fill existing gaps). Please contact the office if you meet this description and would like to be considered.
For everyone else, please read on to get an idea about what the orchestra gets up to and get ready to audition once the process opens in the near future...
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW (RYO NSW) is an audition-based youth orchestra for talented
students from NSW Regional Conservatoriums, providing opportunities to play and perform with other regional youth musicians, and to learn from leading conductors, orchestras and artists from Australia and the world in a range of projects each year.
The aim of RYO NSW is to annually audition and assemble a cohort of talented students to form a youth orchestra, with RYO members growing in experience from project to project.
RYO NSW was established in 2016 by the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW 2017 information:
• Orchestra Camp and AWO masterclasses - Sydney, July
• Orchestra Camp and ARTSTATE Performance - Lismore, November-December
• 2017 Application and Audition Process
RYO NSW Orchestra Camp and AWO Masterclasses – Sydney, July 2017
• 2-day Orchestral Workshop in partnership with Sydney Conservatorium
• Masterclasses in partnership with Australian World Orchestra
• Tickets to two world class concerts: SSO and AWO Chamber 8 Players
• Orchestral Workshop at Sydney Conservatorium: 8 hours of orchestra rehearsals over 2
days, led by RYO conductors Patrick Brennan & Adam Wills, rehearsing exciting symphonic
repertoire in preparation for RYO concert performance later in the year
• Sectional tutorials with visiting tutors
• Masterclasses with Australian World Orchestra musicians at City Recital Hall
• Tickets to two world class concerts: SSO conducted by David Robertson in Mahler’s 3rd
Symphony; and Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber 8 Players
Students arrive evening Sunday 23 July and depart morning Wednesday 26 July
Rehearsals, masterclasses and concerts: Monday 24 July and Tuesday 25 July
This activity is open to 2016 RYO NSW participants who are enrolled as a student at their regional conservatorium in 2017 – see attached list. (Please note this does not include elementary level players who were involved with the AWO Project last year). Students do not need to re-audition for this activity.
Places are available for players in full symphony orchestra. If there are more applicants than places, students will be chosen based on their 2016 audition rankings and on their contribution to the Artlands orchestral camp last year.
Students can also nominate to play in the AWO masterclasses for violin, viola, cello and clarinet. All students will attend the masterclasses, with selected students performing. Masterclasses may be possible for French horn and bassoon, but only if there are multiple students on those instruments – interested student may also nominate on these instruments.
The cost for this event is $360 per student, payable to the Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums. This activity is a residential supervised camp. Regional Conservatorium staff will be in residence as supervisors. This fee includes student’s accommodation at Darling Harbour Sydney, all meals, all orchestral and masterclass activities, and both concert tickets.
Travel from student’s home to Sydney and return is not included. Students also need to bring an Opal card with credit for some train travel within the CBD.
APPLY NOW FOR A PLACE: CLOSING DATE TUESDAY 13 JUNE
Students who wish to apply for a place in this activity must complete the application form at the link given in the email by Tuesday 13 June. Students do not need to reaudition for this activity.
Once notified they have a place, students must accept their place and pay a deposit of $150 by
Monday 19 June and remainder of fee by 29 June.
Students will be notified if they have not been allocated a place due to more applicants than places.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW
RYO NSW Orchestral Camp and ARTSTATE Concert Lismore
This activity will be very similar to the 2016 Artlands project, with a 3-day orchestra camp in Lismore culminating in a full concert performance as a key event in Regional NSW’s new state-wide conference and festival, ARTSTATE. Northern Rivers Conservatorium will be hosting RYO NSW for this event. For this activity, students will be selected from the 2017 auditions.
Students arrive Wednesday 29 November and depart Sunday 3 or Monday 4 December
Orchestral rehearsals: Thursday 30 November – Sunday 3 December
Concert: Sunday 3 December
Cost: to be advised
2017 Applications and Auditions – Opening soon.
Wollongong Conservatorium of Music will advise students when 2017 auditions open via this website, Facebook page and email newsletter.
All eligible regional conservatorium students, including 2016 RYO NSW students, must apply to
audition if they wish to be considered for selection for the 2017 RYO NSW Lismore project and
further RYO NSW projects to be held in the first half of 2018.
2016 RYO NSW students will be emailed directly when the application process opens.
Regional Youth Orchestra NSW is supported by:
Association of NSW Regional Conservatoriums and
NSW Government through the NSW Department of Education