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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.



Conductor: Kim Bishop

Tutors: Jess Wright and James Anderson


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 11.00am-1.00pm

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


2024 fees for this ensemble are $780.00 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. 


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. 

2024 Program Dates

TYO Camerata Strings rehearses Saturdays 11.00am – 1.00pm.

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 - 12pm Performance at the Federation Concert Hall

Program 2: 11 May through to 25 August 13 rehearsals, one Hobart concert Dates: 11 May - Rehearsal 18 May - Rehearsal 25 May - Rehearsal 1 June - Rehearsal 8 June - NO REHEARSAL 15 June - Rehearsal 22 June - Rehearsal 29 June - Rehearsal 6 July - NO REHEARSAL 13 July - NO REHEARSAL 20 July - Rehearsal 27 July - Rehearsal 3 August - Rehearsal 10 August - Rehearsal 17 August - Rehearsal 24 August - Rehearsal 25 August - 12pm Performance at the Farrall Centre, The Friends School

Program 3: 31 August through to 24 November Ten rehearsals, one Hobart performance day, 2025 Auditions Dates: 31 August - Rehearsal 7 September - Rehearsal 14 September - Rehearsal 21 September - Rehearsal 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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