A special orchestral immersion experience for talented young musicians (Years 5–12) based in regional NSW.

Each year, a group of Sydney Symphony Orchestra musicians travels to a regional centre to work with and mentor a specially formed youth orchestra. This pop-up music camp provides a unique opportunity for young musicians to learn from some of the best in the business and an opportunity for the SSO to support the orchestral and instrumental ensemble programs run by the regional conservatoriums.

At Playerlink! students participate in instrumental section tutorials, where they study orchestral parts focusing on aspects of musicianship such as posture, intonation, articulation, ensemble playing and interpretation. The students and SSO musicians then come together to rehearse as a whole orchestra, finishing the weekend with a free family presentation-workshop.

‘‘I love Playerlink! because it pushes boundaries, challenges regional stereotypes and unites creative students from around the state to see what is possible when passionate musicians come together.’’

FLUTE participant, playerlink! 2017

Playerlink! 2018

Fri 13–Sun 15 Apr
Central Coast Conservatorium 

Playerlink is open to all NSW students in Years 5–12, although priority will be given to those from regional areas. Applicants will play one or more of the following orchestral instruments to an approximate level of AMEB Grade 5 or above:

Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Orchestral Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass

Applications for Playerlink! 2018 have closed.


For successful applicants the participation fee is $130 for the 1st child in the family, $120 for the 2nd child, and $110 for subsequent children.

How to apply

1. Complete the online application 
2. Submit your audition video

Audition video requirements
Please ensure that you are facing the camera and your whole instrument can be seen when filming your audition video. Smartphone video and audio quality is acceptable.

Woodwind, Brass, and Strings
For a total playing time of around 3 minutes, perform music of your own choice demonstrating two contrasting styles. This could be all or part of 1 work, or chosen from 2 pieces. Unaccompanied works are acceptable, as are studies and etudes. In addition to your chosen pieces, you must also play a scale and arpeggio appropriate to your playing level. You may wish to refer to your Grade syllabus or ask your teacher.
NB: If you are applying on 2 instruments, for example piccolo AND flute, then you will need to submit the above audition requirements for both instruments.

A piece or study of your choice on each of the following: snare drum; keyboard percussion instrument of your choice; and timpani. Total playing time approximately 3 minutes. 
NB: If the candidate does not have access to all three instruments, please submit what is possible.

Upload your application video to YouTube and email the link to For your own security, select 'unlisted' in the Privacy settings when you upload your video. This ensures that your video is not public and can only be viewed by those you share the link with. See the side column, where a 'How to Upload your Video' help sheet is available for download.

If you are unable to supply your audition video via YouTube, then please contact us to discuss alternatives.

For more information email or call (02) 8215 4615, or toll free outside Sydney 1800 789 709 (x4603). 


Playerlink! 2017 at Orange Regional Conservatorium

Sixty-four talented young musicians had the chance to work closely with 13 of our musicians in a series of sectional workshops before coming together to play as a full orchestra.

Playerlink goes to Orange

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Playerlink! 2017 was kindly hosted by the Orange Regional Conservatorium.



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