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The TYO Chamber Orchestra is to a high-challenge ensemble with a focus on chamber orchestra repertoire. Thie ensemble tours with TYO and musicians accepted to this group will also be considered for single-program extension placements with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra during the year. 



Conductor: Jack Machin


Level: AMEB (or equivalent) GR5-7
Age range: 12-20 years

This ensemble provides experience rehearsing and performing challenging chamber orchestra repertoire, while honing ensemble and performance skills. Auditions are required. All musicians in this ensemble will also be considered for a single-program extension with the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra. An additional extension audition will be required and an extension placement is not guaranteed.


Saturdays 8:40am-10:40am

This orchestra rehearses and performs between February and November each year. Program and performance dates are confirmed at the start of each year. Musicians are required to be available for scheduled performance dates. At least 90% rehearsal attendance is expected. There are no rehearsals during Tasmanian school holidays.


The TYO Chamber 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 $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. Musicians aged 18 and above are also required to hold current Working with Vulnerable People certification.


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. The TYO Chamber Orchestra will appoint a different Concertmaster for each program and support them to develop their leadership skills in this important role.

2024 Program Dates

TYO Chamber Orchestra rehearses Saturdays 8.40am – 10.40pm.

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 Latrobe concert, 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 18 August - 7am - 8pm Day Tour to Latrobe for a Performance 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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