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Applications Now Open - Penrith Youth Orchestra 2020
Penrith Youth Orchestra (PYO) has evolved into a high-quality symphony orchestra for talented school-age musicians since it was established in 2015. A partnership between the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Penrith Conservatorium at The Joan and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO), PYO rehearses and performs four times per year under the guidance of Artistic Director Dr Paul Terracini.
In Term 1; February 2020, Penrith Con will present PYO Academy – a weekend intensive program delivered in partnership with the ACO, led by renowned violinist Aiko Goto. PYO Academy will see these young musicians participating in a weekend of intensive rehearsals, tutoring and workshops with other professional musicians from the ACO. The PYO Academy weekend will culminate in a public concert with ACO members on Sunday 23 February at 3pm.
This is an invaluable opportunity for PYO participants to gain in-depth experience, playing alongside the best of the best.
PYO Academy is an essential experience for any talented young musician who wants to be challenged and inspired. Participants build on technical skills, accuracy, ensemble playing and presentation; and will give a live public performance on the mainstage as part of the Academy Orchestra.
- Weekend-long orchestral and sectional rehearsal
- Full orchestra and chamber ensemble workshops
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
No audition is required to join PYO. We encourage all applications, even if students are well above or slightly below the recommended minimum standard guidelines.
Places are allocated according to performance standard and ensemble experience.
The recommended minimum standards are:
Violin: Grade 5 AMEB / Suzuki Book 5 or equivalent
Viola: Grade 3 AMEB / Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent
Cello: Grade 5 AMEB / Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent
Double Bass: Grade 3 AMEB / Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent
Woodwind, Brass & Percussion: Grade 4 AMEB or equivalent
TERM 1 – PYO ACADEMY
Friday 21 February | Saturday 22 February | Sunday 23 February
Sunday 31 May | Sunday 7 June | Sunday 14 June
Sunday 9 August | Sunday 16 August | Sunday 23 August
Sunday 8 November | Sunday 15 November | Sunday 22 November
The fees for the PYO ACADEMY are $150/ student or $100 / student for siblings participating concurrently.
Fees for term 2 through to term 4 are $120 / student or $90/ student for siblings participating concurrently per term
For more information about PYO, or questions about enrolment or the use of the Creative Kids voucher please contact:
Brian Kjim. PYO Coordinator:| 02 4732 8686
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