Parramatta 3-day Orchestral Workshop

Talented young musicians have the opportunity to be mentored by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows in this "pop-up" music camp.

2019 Workshop: Applications open Term 1, 2019

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 October 2019
Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta

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Presented in partnership with the Mercy Music and Performance Academy Parramatta. The workshop involves the formation of a student orchestra playing alongside the Sydney Symphony Fellows and includes the preparation of large orchestral works through rehearsals, sectionals and masterclasses. The workshop concludes with a free concert for family and friends.

Open to student musicians from Years 4 to 12 (aged 9 to 18) who play the following orchestral instruments at the following approximate Grade level, or above:
Violin – AMEB Grade 6
Cello – AMEB Grade 5
Viola & Double Bass – AMEB Grade 4

Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon – AMEB Grade 4

French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba – AMEB Grade 4

Timpani, Orchestral Percussion – AMEB Grade 4


Participation Fee: $150

It is expected that participants will be available for all days of the workshop. The participation fee is only payable once the student has been accepted into the workshop.

What to expect at the Workshop

During the multi-day workshops, students will participate in instrumental section tutorials mentored by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows. They will study orchestral parts focusing on aspects of musicianship such as posture, intonation, articulation, ensemble playing and interpretation. The students and SSO Fellows then come together to rehearse as a whole orchestra, finishing off with a free concert for family and friends.


Repertoire is selected after the applications close and parts will be sent to successful participants in advance of the weekend so they have time to practice.

What to bring

Successful applicants will need to bring their own instrument (except percussionists), music, music stand, pencil & eraser. Bring your own lunch, morning/afternoon tea, and water bottle.


Successful applicants will need to make their own arrangements for transport to and from the workshop venue on all days.


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