Media Release: Northern Ensemble Workshop Program



Launceston, Devonport and Burnie young musicians will have the opportunity in 2019 to learn from some of Tasmania and Australia’s great musical talent with the launch of Tasmanian Youth Orchestra’s (TYO) brand new Ensemble Workshop Program. 

TYO General Manager, Michelle Forbes, says:

“It’s a great time for TYO and for young Tasmanian musicians. The North and North West of Tasmania already has some fantastic opportunities for students, so we’ve worked with the community to curate something really special that will enable the majority to participate, while complementing those existing programs.

“We’re looking forward to supporting the great work that is already happening in the music education sector, and to furthering the development of many more young musicians.” 

TYO is currently funded by the Tasmanian Government Department of Education which has enabled the organisation to offer more opportunities to young Tasmanians than ever before. TYO’s commitment to removing barriers to young people participating in quality ensemble music-making has seen an increase in financial assistance, and the introduction of choirs. This new program seeks to address the geographical restrictions of living outside of Hobart, where many of their current programs are presented.

A series of workshops will be held throughout the year, culminating in an end of year group session. This final rehearsal will provide musicians with the opportunity to experience the sound and grandeur of a large ensemble.

Conductors and mentors will include talented musicians from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Virtuosi Tasmania. TYO will also be bringing interstate specialists Ben Castle, Head of Strings at Melbourne Grammar School, and Amberley Bremner, conductor with Melbourne Youth Orchestras. 

“The program is a fantastic initiative by the TYO, and I’m looking forward to seeing the talent that Tasmania has on the ground. There’s so much importance in musical education that goes beyond the instruments, and it’s an honour to be able to impart what I’ve learned through the years into the next generation of musicians,” said Mr Castle.

Workshops will be held in each city during terms 1, 2, and 3, before the final session to be held in Devonport during term 4. Workshops will include a public section where parents can hear what the young musicians have learnt, and professional development opportunities will be made available to music teachers. Whilst auditions are not required to participate, the music being rehearsed will be of a music grade 2 to 5 skill level which should be considered prior to registering. Costs are $20 per workshop, with discounts available for those students who attend multiple events throughout the school year. Registration is required and can be completed at

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