Parramatta 3-day Orchestral Workshop

Talented young musicians have the opportunity to be mentored by the SSO Fellows in a pop-up music camp held in the September school holidays. Presented in partnership with the Mercy Music and Performance Academy Parramatta.

The workshop is based around the formation of a student orchestra and the SSO Fellows and includes the preparation of large orchestral works through rehearsals, sectionals and masterclasses. Students will be inspired by playing alongside their SSO Fellow mentors and concludes with a free concert for family and friends.

Applications are open to student musicians from Years 4 to 12 (aged 9 to 18) who play the following orchestral instruments to the approximate Grade level or above, as listed below:

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

General Information

Wed 3 Oct – Fri 5 Oct, 10am-3.30pm
Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta, Victoria Rd, North Parramatta

Participation Fee: $150

Note: 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.

To apply, complete the online application form by midnight Mon 20 Aug 2018.


What to Expect

During the multi-day workshops, students will participate in instrumental section tutorials mentored by the SSO 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.

For more information contact or call (02) 8215 4652.

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