Tasmanian Youth Orchestra

Please note that 2019 auditions for this ensemble have closed. You can register your interest in auditioning for the 2020 program now. 2020 auditions will be held on 30 November 2019 and 7 December 2019.

Tasmanian Youth Orchestra is the flagship ensemble of TYO and is recognised as Tasmania's leading orchestral training-ground. Join fellow lovers of music in a program that offers leadership, solo and collaborative development in a simulated professional environment. 

Ensemble Information

Approximate Standard*  Music Grade 7+ (N.B. Music grades are indicative of standard only. Exams are not a prerequisite for entry.)
Approximate Age Range 14 to 25
Rehearsal Times Saturdays 11:15am to 1:30pm
Annual Fee $665
Instruments Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano, Harp.

2019 program

Program 1 - Churchill's Choice
Guest Conductor, Gwyn Roberts
Rehearsals, Saturday 23 February - Saturday 6 April
Concert, Saturday 6 April
Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay
This concert will feature a number of Churchill Fellowship recipients, and even TYO alumni!

Program 2 - Dvorak and Dances
Guest Conductor, Christopher Bearman
Rehearsals, Saturday 27 April - Saturday 29 June
Concert, Sunday 30 June
Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Program 3 - Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Guest Conductor Greg Stephens
Rehearsals, Saturday 20 July - Saturday 21 September
Concert, Sunday 22 September
Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Program 4 - 'A Day with Dvorak'
Guest Conductor, Johannes Fritzsch
Rehearsals, Saturday 12 - Saturday 26 October
TYO and friends community event, Sunday 27 October
Farrall Centre, The Friends' School

Read about our 2019 Conductors here.

Special Projects

RACT Symphony Under the Stars

Saturday 16 February

Rachael Beesley, Co-Artistic Director and Concertmaster of Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra will play-direct this program, mentoring TYO musicians in the art of historically informed performance. TYO performs as pre show entertainment ahead of TSO's RACT Symphony Under the Stars. Thanks to TSO, and ARCO and their Young Mannheim Symphonists Program!

TSO Big Rehearsal

Saturday 31 August

Each year, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra invites members of the TYO to join them onstage for an intense day of side-by-side rehearsing. Aspiring student musicians are mentored by members of the TSO as they prepare a program of orchestral masterworks under the baton of a highly acclaimed international guest conductor. 

Thanks to our supporters at the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for these incredibly valuable professional development opportunities.


Johannes Fritzsch - Guest Conductor

Maestro Johannes Fritzsch recently held the position of Chief Conductor of the Grazer Oper and Grazer Philharmonisches Orchester, Austria. From 2008-2014, he was Chief Conductor of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; as Conductor Laureate, he continues his relationship with the QSO. In 2017, he was appointed inaugural Principal Guest Conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,

Johannes Fritzsch was born in Meissen, Germany, in 1960. He received his first musical tuition in piano and organ from his father, a Cantor and Organist. He also studied violin and trumpet. His higher education was received at the Carl Maria von Weber Music Academy in Dresden, majoring in conducting and piano.

In 1982, after completing his studies, Maestro Fritzsch was appointed 2nd Kapellmeister (Conductor) at the Volkstheater in Rostock. In 1987, Mo. Fritzsch accepted the position of Kapellmeister with the Staatsoper Dresden, Semperoper, where he conducted more than 350 opera and ballet performances within five years. 

After the German reunification, Mo. Fritzsch was able to accept engagements outside of Eastern Europe. In 1992/3 he worked as 1st Kapellmeister at the Staatsoper Hannover. During that time, Mo. Fritzsch was appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at the Städtische Bühnen and the Philharmonisches Orchester in Freiburg. There he remained until 1999 enjoying widespread acclaim.  

Mo. Fritzsch has performed with many orchestras, both within Germany and internationally. These include: Hamburger Sinfoniker, Düsseldorfer Sinfoniker, Philharmonie Essen, Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim, Staatskapelle Schwerin, Berliner Sinfonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Staatsorchester Halle, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique Strassbourg, the Orchestra National de Montpellier, the Orchestra National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria.

Opera Companies with which he has worked include: Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Opernhaus Köln, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Bastille Paris, Grazer Oper, the Royal Opera Stockholm, Malmö Operan and Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne (including Wozzeck, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Salome, Der Rosenkavalier). 

In 2018, Johannes Fritzsch conducted The Flying Dutchman for Staatsoper Hamburg, The Cunning Little Vixen for West Australian Opera, Don Giovanni for Opera Queensland and made major appearances with Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

Mo. Fritzsch lives with his wife, Australian violinist Susan Collins, and their three daughters in Hobart where he works as adjunct Professor for the University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music and as course leader of the newly-created Australian Conducting Academy in collaboration with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. 

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