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Conductor: Kim Bishop

A fun and comprehensive introduction to the string orchestra! For many young players, TYO Camerata String is their very first ensemble experience. This group aims to foster a love of music and promote a solid foundation for string playing, in an inclusive environment which emphasises quality of sound, team work and community. In addition to their conductor, the young players in this ensemble are supported by a specialist tutor who helps them with technique and confidence.




Level: AMEB (or equivalent) Pre-GR2
Age range: 7-12 years

Suitable for junior string players with some music reading skills, this ensemble offers a supportive and fun environment for first-time ensemble players. Older players in this ensemble will be offered their first experience as section leaders or concertmaster. Auditions are required.


Saturdays 11.15am-12.45pm

This ensemble rehearses and performs between February and November each year. At least 90% rehearsal attendance is expected. There are no rehearsals during Tasmanian school holidays. A specialist tutor works within all TYO Camerata Strings rehearsals to ensure players are fully supported and developing well.


TYO Camerata Strings audition for the following instruments

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass |


2023 fees for this ensemble are $730.00 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.


COVIDSafe Protocols

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 all scheduled performance dates. COVIDSafe protocols are in place and must be observed at all times.   


Rotation Policy
Concertmaster Rotation

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 in any ensemble and b.) section leadership roles and parts are allocated per program. Allocations are entirely at the conductor's discretion. 


Conductor: TYO Camerata Strings

Kim Bishop is one of Australia’s leading violin teachers. She studied in Australia and the US, then founded a very successful music studio in Melbourne. She mentored students as young as two to university level studies. Many went on to high-level careers in Australia and abroad. 

Kim has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony and the Queensland Theatre Orchestra. She has toured with the Electric Light Orchestra and Shirley Bassey. She has also played in the Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast.

Today, Kim's focus is on her Hobart-based Suzuki Method violin studio. She continues to teach interstate and internationally as a Suzuki workshop leader, while supporting young TYO musicians through her work with TYO Camerata Strings.

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