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Sydney Symphony Sinfonia

If you want to be a professional orchestral musician you can't look past the exciting opportunity to be a member of Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. Sinfonia is a part time orchestra that provides up and coming musicians an opportunity to be mentored by members of Sydney Symphony as well as getting paid at the same time. It is the vital link between the many fine youth orchestras in Australia and your future career as an orchestral musician.

The training begins with the experience of professional nationwide auditions, held in Sydney, which attract over 400 applicants. If you are successful in gaining a place in Sydney Symphony Sinfonia then you will have opportunities to rehearse and perform alongside members of Sydney Symphony, access to specialised training programs and the chance to have repertoire reading sessions with touring international conductors.

The Facts

• Open to Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Percussion and Harp.
• Perform as part of a professional orchestra alongside Sydney Symphony musicians and other outstanding young talents.
• Receive mentoring from Australia's top professional musicians and learn orchestral techniques and philosophies.
• Perform over 20 concerts throughout the year.
• Be paid a fee of $120 per call.
• Participate in masterclasses with visiting Sydney Symphony conductors.
• Build skills in sight-reading and ensemble playing.
• Experience a range of orchestral repertoire and styles.
• Receive complimentary tickets to Sydney Symphony concerts (on request and subject to availability).
• Receive exclusive invitations to Sydney Symphony rehearsals.

Not from Sydney? We would still love you to be part of Sydney Symphony Sinfonia so we have a travel subsidy of $160 for your flights and $40/night for accommodation.

"My involvement with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Sinfonia Program has provided me with great exposure and helped me gain insight into the life of a professional orchestral musician. It is such an inspiration to perform alongside members of the SSO and I believe this kind of opportunity is an invaluable tool for musical development. My first year as a participant of Sydney Symphony Sinfonia has been a very rewarding experience and it is a program I would recommend to all aspiring young classical musicians."
Yena Choi, violin. Sydney Symphony Sinfonia 2012

"The Sydney Symphony has created one of the best training programs for young professional musicians in Australia and I feel so honoured to have been a part of it. The opportunities I was given, the mentorship I received, the performances I was involved in and the friends I have made will remain with me for a lifetime. Thank you SSO!"
Monique Irik, violin. Fellow 2009.Sydney Symphony Sinfonia 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010

2013 Joan MacKenzie Violin Scholarship
The inaugural Joan MacKenzie Violin Scholarship, Sinfonia, was awarded to Nicholas Waters on 5 March 2013 by Gavin Solomon. The annual award was made possible through the generous bequest of the late Joan MacKenzie.
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