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Three ensembles in one! The TYO Sinfonietta offers young musicians a ‘three ensemble’ model, which allows for additional mentoring and a stronger focus on musical development and technique. In combination, as a full orchestra, the TYO Sinfonietta plays arranged orchestral repertoire. As separate ensembles, the TYO Sinfonietta Wind/Brass/Percussion and TYO Sinfonietta Strings are able to explore a wider variety of repertoire and focus strongly on development under the guidance of specialist tutors. 



Conductor: James Anderson


Level: AMEB (or equivalent) GR3-5
Age range: 9-15 years

This ensemble has a strong development focus and works with arranged orchestral repertoire, arranged wind band repertoire and chamber string arrangements. The ensemble caters for a broad age range, providing early orchestral experience for younger students, while also allowing older students who may have just started and orchestral instrument to gain ensemble experience. Auditions are required.


Saturdays 8:30am-10:30am

This orchestra rehearses and performs between February and November each year. At least 90% rehearsal attendance is expected and musicians need to commit to performance dates. Strings and wind/brass/percussion rehearse separately from 9-10am, then tutti from 10-11am. There are no rehearsals during Tasmanian school holidays.


The TYO Sinfonietta auditions for the following instruments

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double Bass | Flute/Piccolo | Oboe/Cor Anglais | Clarinet | Bassoon | Horn | Trumpet | Trombone/Bass Trombone | Euphonium | Saxophone (Alto/Tenor/Baritone) | Tuba | Electric Bass | 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. 


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 Sinfonietta appoints a different Concertmaster for each program and supports them to learn and develop in this important role.

2024 Program Dates

TYO Sinfonietta rehearses Saturdays 8.30am – 10.30am.

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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