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TYO’s flagship ensemble, providing exceptional development opportunities and outstanding performance experiences. The accomplished young musicians in this orchestra range in age from 14 to 25 and represent some of Tasmania's finest young musical talent. Musicians in this orchestra have the opportunity to rehearse weekly with their musical peers, perform challenging symphonic repertoire at least three times per year; and collaborate annually with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra through TSO's 'Big Rehearsal'.



Conductor: Thomas Rimes


Level: AMEB (or equivalent) GR7+
Age range: 14-25

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra rehearses and performs advanced symphonic repertoire: a high level of technical proficiency and musicianship is required. Audition rounds are held annually, with late auditions for vacant positions only.


Saturdays 11am-1.15pm: Sandy Bay, Hobart

This orchestra rehearses and performs between February and November each year. There are no rehearsals during Tasmanian school holidays. Rehearsals generally finish at 1.15pm; however, generally once per program there is an extended rehearsal finishing at 2.30pm.


Tasmanian Youth Orchestra auditions for the following instruments

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/Cor Anglais | Clarinet | Bassoon | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Tuba | Timpani | Percussion | Piano (some programs)


2024 fees for this ensemble are $795.00 Fees assistance is available for eligible applicants; and payment plan options are also available.

All TYO ensembles have fees. However, they should never be a barrier to participating.
We offer a financial bursary program and fees assistance options. Payment arrangements are also available for those who wish to spread payments across the course of the year. Annual ensemble fees do not include entry to TYO concerts: concert tickets for family and friends need to be purchased separately.



TYO works to a culture of mutual respect and collegiality, aligned to TYO's values. Program and performance dates are confirmed at the start of each year. Musicians are required to be available for scheduled performance dates and at least 90% rehearsal attendance is expected. Musicians aged 18 and above are also required to hold current Working with Vulnerable People certification.


Rotation Policy &

TYO believes strongly in promoting and supporting broad development of musical and leadership skills. For this reason, TYO operates to a rotation policy in which a.) principal chairs are not assigned and b.) section leadership roles and parts are allocated per program. Allocations are entirely at the conductor's discretion. The exceptions are the three key leadership roles of Concertmaster, Associate Concertmaster and Principal Second. These roles are annual appointments, with auditions by invitation held in February.

2024 Program Dates

The Tasmanian Youth Orchestra rehearses Saturdays 11.00am – 1.15pm.

The rehearsal venue is The Hutchins School, 71 Nelson Road, Sandy Bay, Hobart unless otherwise advised.

Addresses for concert venues will be advised on concert information sheets prior to performances.

Times and venues are subject to change. Detailed information sheets will be provided prior to each concert.

Program 1: 17 Febuary through to 5 May Orientation, nine rehearsals, one Hobart concert Dates: 3 February - NO REHEARSAL 10 February - NO REHEARSAL 17 February - Orientation & Rehearsal 24 February - Rehearsal 2 March - Rehearsal 9 March - Rehearsal 16 March - Rehearsal 23 March - Rehearsal 30 March - NO REHEARSAL 6 April - Rehearsal 13 April - NO REHEARSAL 20 April - NO REHEARSAL 27 April - Rehearsal 4 May - Rehearsal 5 May - 6pm Performance at the Federation Concert Hall

Program 2-3: 11 May through to 22 September A combined program with 16 rehearsals, performance at Government House, two Festival of Voices collaborative performances, TSO Big Rehearsal and a concert at the Hobart Town Hall. Dates: 11 May - Rehearsal 18 May - Rehearsal 25 May - Rehearsal 1 June - Rehearsal 7 June - evening performance at Government House 8 June - NO REHEARSAL 15 June - Rehearsal 22 June - Rehearsal 29 June - Rehearsal 2 July - morning rehearsal for 7pm performance at the Federation Concert Hall 3 July - morning rehearsal for 7pm performance at the Federation Concert Hall 6 July - NO REHEARSAL 13 July - NO REHEARSAL 20 July - Rehearsal 27 July - Rehearsal 3 August - Rehearsal 10 August - Rehearsal 17 August - TSO Big Rehearsal with outcomes performance 24 August - Rehearsal 31 August - Rehearsal 7 September - Rehearsal 14 September - Rehearsal 21 September - Rehearsal 22 September - 12pm Performance at Hobart Town Hall

Program 4: 12 October through to 24 November Six rehearsals, one collaborative performance, 2025 Auditions Dates: 28 September - NO REHEARSAL 5 October - NO REHEARSAL 12 October - Rehearsal 19 October - Rehearsal 26 October - NO REHEARSAL 26-27 October - TYO 2025 Auditions 2 November - Rehearsal 9 November - Rehearsal 16 November - Rehearsal 23 November - Rehearsal at The Goods Shed 24 November - 9:30am-3pm Performance at The Goods Shed.

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