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Conductors: Mo Nagayama & Angus Deeth

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. 




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)


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



Co-Conductor: TYO Sinfonietta

Angus Deeth graduated with honours from the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music in 2021, having taught clarinet since 2015. Angus has conducted the Launceston Youth and Community Orchestra, the Derwent Symphony Orchestra and held the position of Artistic Director of the Deloraine Community Band. As a clarinettist, Angus has with the Camerata Obscura, the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra, the Cathedral Symphonia, the Hobart Chamber Orchestra and the Jan Sedivka Camerata. Angus teaches clarinet at Mount Carmel College, and St Michael’s Collegiate School

and is currently Chief Conductor of the Tasmanian Medical Orchestra.


Co-Conductor: TYO Sinfonietta

Momoko (Mo) Nagayama is a Violist and Music Educator with experience and expertise in Music pedagogy focussing on aural development. She began playing the Viola in 2018, receiving tutelage from Lisa Grosman, Helen Ireland and Katie Yap at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Mo graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of William Newbery from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and was admitted to the Executive Dean’s Honour Roll in 2021. She has performed as a chamber artist for the Kronos Quartet, with Archie Roach, Nigel Westlake, Hobart Chamber Orchestra (HCO), Dark Mofo, Australian Session Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tasmanian Viola Quartet for Musica Viva. She now teaches at the Fahan School.

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