Ipswich City Youth Orchestra

Young musicians looking for an authentic symphony orchestra playing experience are invited to register their interest in joining the newly established Ipswich Youth Orchestra.

The orchestra is being launched under the auspices of Ipswich City Orchestras Inc., the owners of the Ipswich City Symphony, for the benefit of secondary and tertiary students and other young musicians in Ipswich and surrounding districts.

An orchestra of approximately 70 players is envisaged, comprising 12 first violin, 12 second violin, 8 viola, 8 cello, 4 double bass, 3 flute (1 doubling piccolo), 2 oboe, 2 clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, 2 bassoon, 4 French horn, 3 trumpet, 3 trombone, 1 bass trombone, 1 tuba, 1 timpani, 3 percussion. A program of engaging and challenging repertoire will be chosen appropriate to the interests and technical capabilities of young musicians.

Auditions will be held in February 2020. As a guide, players should have achieved a standard equivalent to AMEB grade 5 or above. The upper age limit at 31 December 2020 is 23.

It is expected that the orchestra will rehearse weekly during school and university semesters on a weekday evening at an Ipswich school, and will hold three concerts a year and possibly other performances.
There will be an annual membership fee of $300.

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