Academy Strings

Musicians will learn a mix of classics and challenging arrangements. Play great music while making new friends and having fun. 

Ensemble Information


Approximate Standard*  Music Grade 2+
Approximate Age Range 10 to 16
Rehearsal Times Saturdays, 11:15am to 1:15pm
Annual Fee $605
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.

* Music grades are indicative of standard - exams are not a prerequesite for entry.

Applications for our main round of auditions have now closed but you can still get involved. Apply today for a late audition and have a read of our audition FAQs for more information.



The Academy Strings ensemble performs in these concerts in 2018:

Update: 22/5/18, 12:00pm

We have been able to reschedule the Mother's Day performance for Sunday 3 June, 2018 and very much hope you'll be able to join us. The below details pertain to the new concert. Please note the CHANGE OF VENUE. Any pre-purchased tickets for the original Mother's Day Concert will be honoured for this event. You can still purchase tickets for the concert online (below). TYO thanks The Friends' School, all of our performers, conductors, and supporters for your patience and understanding with this alteration and we very much look forward to seeing you at the concert!

Mother's Day Concert

Sunday 3 June 
The Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Ensembles Concert

Sunday 12 August 
The Farrell Centre, The Friends' School

End of Year Concert

Sunday 4 Nov
Stanley Burbury Theatre, UTAS

Meet your Conductor

Dale Brown - Academy Strings

Dale Brown began her orchestral career at the age of 12, attending Saturday morning rehearsals in youth orchestras for a further 8 years.

She has a B.Mus(Hons) in cello performance from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. Dale was a member of AYO and a string finalist in the Young Performer of the Year, playing Dvoraks Cello Concerto with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

She has held positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has also worked in Sydney with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

She has also done freelance work including a lengthy session of Les Miserable, film and jingle work.

Recently retired from orchestral playing , Dale now enjoys engaging with young players through extensive cello teaching and  youth orchestra conducting.

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