the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program extends regional music students by providing the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of playing together in a large ensemble.
the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program extends regional music students by providing the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of playing together in a large ensemble. Marc Stapelberg

70 young musicians fill Lismore with music

IN THE first week of the school holidays, 70 young musicians from across the region will converge on the Northern Rivers Conservatorium to play together as an orchestra.

Now in its seventh year, the Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program extends regional music students the opportunity to experience the social and educational benefits of playing together in a large ensemble.

The repertoire of NRYO 2018 features music of the 20th and 21st centuries and covers a wide range of styles. 

Musical Director Michael McCabe said, "If there is a major focus point this year, it is tone and colour. The fundamentals of good ensemble playing include good listening skills for pitch and rhythm but also how one's sound blends with their fellow musicians.”

Students learn their parts throughout term two in preparation for the three-day intensive immersion program where they participate in sectional and whole orchestral (tutti) workshop rehearsals under the guidance of expert local and guest tutors and conductors. All the hard work will culminate in a public performance for family, friends and fans at Lismore City Hall with the support of partner Norpa.

NEW EXPERIENCE: The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program gives regional music students the chance to play together in a large ensemble.
NEW EXPERIENCE: The Northern Rivers Youth Orchestra program gives regional music students the chance to play together in a large ensemble. Marc Stapelberg

There's a senior orchestra, junior concert band and junior strings ensemble. The Senior Orchestra is aimed at high school aged students to young adult with a playing ability of AMEB Grade 3 and above.

The Junior ensembles are aimed at Primary School Stage 2 and 3 with playing ability of AMEB Grade 1 - 2.

This program is part of a special partnership between the Sydney Con and all Regional Conservatoriums across NSW that sees tertiary students from SCM work with students in regional NSW.

The public concert includes performances from some smaller ensemble items in addition to the orchestra and junior ensembles, with a program that includes Mexican folk, classic rock, early 20th century and 21st century rock and a revisit to the conservatorium's Silver Jubilee piece.



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