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Conductor: Jack Machin

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. 




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)


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


Conductor: TYO Chamber Orchestra

Jack Machin has worked as a professional musician, teacher and conductor for the past 21 years. Throughout this time Jack has performed with the Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Jack has conducted a number of youth ensembles and has held the position of conductor and Director of Bands for Canberra Youth Orchestra Society. In 2012, Jack founded the Newcastle Youth Orchestra where he served as Artistic Director and Chief conductor for 5 years before taking a place on the board for a further 3 years.

Since moving to Hobart in 2020, Jack has been privileged to work with many young local musicians and is the Director of Music at St Virgil’s College. This year, Jack began as conductor of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra’s Chamber Orchestra where he enjoys working with some of Hobart’s most talented and committed young musicians. Jack is thrilled to be conducting the TYO's premiere ensemble for the Festival of Voices student showcase.

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