This year the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra continues to push musical boundaries and challenge ourselves in a exciting series of four concerts spanning everything from orchestral classics to video game music. This season incorporates collaborations with lighting designers, video artists, soloists and choirs.
Concert 1: Songs of Innocence & Experience
Saturday 8th April, 7:30pm @ Batman Royale
BRITTEN Soirees Musicales
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
February 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
Concert 2: Heroes
Saturday 3rd June, 7:30pm @ Batman Royale
BEETHOVEN Overture to Egmont
Arr. BRUBAKER World of Warcraft
Arr. FORD Video Games Live Suite
KHACHATURIAN Adagio from Spartacus
SAINT-SAENS Marche Heroique
DAUGHERTY Red Cape Tango
April 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
Concert 3: Rebels
Saturday 9th September, 7:30pm @ Batman Royale
with Arna Morton, violin
PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kije Suite
WEILL arr. GOULD Berlin Suite
July 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Concert 4: Whole-hearted
Saturday 2nd December, 7:30pm @ Batman Royale
with Southern Voices
BRAHMS Tragic Overture
FORREST Requiem for the Living
October 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 28, 25
Invitation to Audition
All new string players are required to audition to be part of the orchestra. The audition process allows us to get to know each player better and find the best place for you in your section where you will learn, succeed and thrive.
Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Positions
All positions are open and will be allocated based on performance at the audition. Position allocations will be effective for the entire year, except where a first chair player becomes unavailable or wishes to negotiate rotations with the conductor during a taxing program.
Each person will undertake a brief audition with Ingrid Martin (Music Director) and Teresa Wilkie (Concertmaster). During the audition you will present three (3) orchestral excerpts from music in the 2017 season. Woodwind, Brass & Percussion players prepare set excerpts. String players are able to select excerpts from a number of options – see the strings document for further details. The excerpts have been selected for you to demonstrate both your expressiveness and technique. You should be prepared to play the excerpts in their entirety.
Dates & Times
Saturday 4 February – Strings Day
Sunday 5 February – Wind & Brass Day
Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm
Wind & Brass players: You will be allocated a 10 minute slot for your audition. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to warm up. On your audition form please indicate any sessions for which you are NOT available.
REGISTER FOR YOUR AUDITION HERE
Frequently Asked Questions
When do you rehearse and perform?
The orchestra rehearses on Saturdays from 9:30am (arrive 9:15am) until 12:30pm at Carlton Scouts.
We aim to avoid clashes with university exams and holiday periods. Rehearsals start in February and finish in December. We perform four concerts in the Melbourne area each year.
Who can join?
Our orchestra comprises players aged 18 – 35. Our members include students in music and non-music courses, amateurs, and aspiring professionals.
We recommend a minimum playing standard of AMEB Grade 7 or equivalent.
How much does it cost to join?
The VYSO is a fully independent orchestra, so we ask our players to pay a small membership fee to help us meet our costs. The rate is $50 per concert and is due by the third rehearsal of the concert.