Philharmonic Orchestra

Combining strings, woodwind, brass and percussion, this ensemble is the foundation for aspiring TYO musicians and the perfect extension to Academy Strings.

Philharmonic Orchestra players will learn some of the best-loved music from the classical repertoire, including works by great composers such as Tchaikovsky, Walton, Bizet and Beethoven.

Ensemble Information


Approximate Standard*  AMEB 4 to 7
Approximate Age Range 11 to 17
Rehearsal Times Saturdays, 9:00am to 11:00am
Annual Fee $610
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion.

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


Auditions applications have now closed but we'd love to have you involved. We're taking expressions of interest for ad hoc auditions next year as there may be still be a position for you!

Register HERE so we can contact you about a late audition.

Special Project

Festival of Voices: Tasmania Sings

Simon Reade, Project Conductor
Chris Burcin, FOV Guest Conductor

JARMAN Hear the Pipes
WALKER The Wanderer
And a feature work (TBA), just for Philharmonic Orchestra! 

Thursday 6 July, 7:00pm

Hobart City Hall, Hobart

This events heralds the opening of the Festival of Voices and features young singers from across Tasmania. In 2017, Philharmonic Orchestra will perform as the feature music ensemble - an accolade previously reserved for TYO's flagship perfomers!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Festival of Voices website.

Guest Conductor for program 1

David Sanzone - Philharmonic Orchestra Guest Conductor

David Sanzone grew up in Perth, Western Australia where he began learning the violin under Judy Vasek. He completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA), studying violin under Peter Tanfield. At WAAPA, David enjoyed, and excelled in, many years of aural training, chamber choir, and choral conducting under Micheál McCarthy.

David studied pedagogy and choral conducting at the Sibelius Academy, and string teaching at the East-Helsinki Music Institute. He is completing his Teacher Training Certification in the renowned "Colourstrings" method under the author Géza Szilvay and is also completing his Master's at the University of Tasmania.

As a teacher and conductor, David has held several positions in Perth including WAAPA, Perth Modern School, Churchlands High School, Scotch College, the Department of Education's School of Instrumental Music and Churchlands Community Orchestra. He currently teaches at The Hutchins and Friends' Schools in Hobart and is president of the Australian String Teacher's Association (AUSTA), Tasmania chapter.

David has performed and studied around Australia, Europe, Finland and the USA. Highlights were performing as a soloist for the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra: "Holmes á Court Winter Salon Series"; a Master-course student at the ‘Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum’ Salzburg; a chorister for the St George’s Cathedral Choir; a chamber and orchestral performer for the "Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera", Salerno; International Chamber Music Camp and Festival: Italy and France; with the Australian Youth Orchestra; and more recently with the MONA Discovery Orchestra.

Guest Conductor for program 2

Simon Reade - Philharmonic Orchestra Guest Conductor

Born in Tasmania, Simon graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1998, majoring in composition. He then completed a Bachelor of Education in 2005.  He has been working as a Brass specialist since 2000, currently employed at Ogilvie, Clarence and Bellerive schools. 

Simon has been the Musical Director of the Hobart City Band Inc. since 1997 and is the conductor of the Hobart Wind Symphony, who he led to the 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2017 National A Grade Concert Band titles.  He was accepted into the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in 2014, completing modules in January 2014 with Christopher Seaman and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, with Eckehard Stier and the Auckland Philharmonia in June 2014 and with Johannes Fritzsch and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in January 2015.  As a conductor, Simon is passionate about the performance of new music – and especially Tasmanian music.  He has conducted the premiere performances of over 50 new works by Tasmanian composers, as well as reviving many important Tasmanian compositions.  He has premiered several important works of Don Kay as well as most of the large ensemble works by Simon Barber.  In February 2014 he conducted premiere performances of Barber and Kay’s Piano Concertos with Michael Kieran Harvey as soloist.  In November 2014 he premiered Kay’s opera, The Bushranger’s Lover to great critical acclaim.

In his spare time he composes, having filled commissions from the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Festival of Voices (Tasmania), IHOS opera, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and the Derwent Valley Band, amongst others.  His music has been performed by such eminent performers as Michael Kieran Harvey, Jabra Latham, Diego Campagna, Maurizio Barbetti, Duo Porto-Frontini, and Benjamin Price.  He has music for band published through Brolga Music Australia, selected chamber works through Musicisti Associati Produzioni of Milan, and he is a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre.

Guest Conductor for program 3

Lyall McDermott - Philharmonic Orchestra Guest Conductor

Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Lyall began studying piano and violin from an early age. He graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1974 having majored in Performance and Education. The following year, he commenced a career with the Tasmanian Department of Education that spanned almost 40 years, working variously as a classroom music teacher, a music consultant, a specialist instrumental music teacher and as a band director.

Active in the local music scene over many years, Lyall has played in cabaret bands, big bands and rock bands, including the acclaimed Fern Chutney. For ten years he was a recording engineer at Red Planet Studios, during which time, in collaboration with Stewart Long, he wrote a considerable body of music for the ABC TV Education Unit and, for American Cable television. They worked on soundtracks for several documentary series including the award-winning Frontiers of Flight, which was produced as a joint venture by the Discovery Channel and the Smithsonian Institute. Lyall is also a published composer of ensemble and concert band pieces written especially for use in schools.

Lyall joined the Derwent Valley Concert Band as a baritone saxophone player in 1999, after which he was appointed Assistant Conductor (2009) before becoming the Chief Conductor in 2010.

Audition Requirements

All players must audition for a position in the ensemble.

Your audition will include two orchestral excerpts (provided by TYO) and a short, prepared piece of your own choice (accompaniment is neither necessary nor permitted).

The audition panel may also request some technical work and sight-reading, appropriate to the AMEB standard of the ensemble.

Apply today to access your excerpts and start practicing!


Auditions applications have now closed but we'd love to have you involved. We're taking expressions of interest for ad hoc auditions next year as there may be still be a position for you!

Register HERE so we can contact you about a late audition.

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