Conductor: Simon Cawthorn

Three ensembles in one! Under the artistic direction of Conductor Simon Cawthorn, the TYO Sinfonietta runs to 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. 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)


$635 for full year participation
Financial assistance available

All TYO ensembles have fees but 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 are confirmed at the start of each year. Musicians are required to be available for all scheduled performance dates. Strict 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.


Conductor: TYO Sinfonietta

Simon is a graduate from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, where he studied trumpet and flugelhorn. Simon has played in various ensembles in Australia, including the National Australia Brass (NAB), Hobart Wind Symphony, augmented with the Melbourne Opera Company, and has been privileged to travel with bands such as Derwent Valley Concert Band to Japan, China, Canada and America.
As a soloist, Simon has won several state and national awards, including winning the National Open Flugelhorn Competition at the ANBC in Adelaide (2011). In 2013, Simon was one of three conductors in Australasia to be awarded a Lady Stewart Conducting Bursary to study under Professor David King from the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK.
Simon has also been musical director for a number of concert and brass bands, including the Hobart and Glenorchy City Concert Brass and teacher in charge of bands in several schools. He also received the Tasmanian Bands League Badge of Honour (2016) for services to community banding.
Simon has been an assessor and an adjudicator of musical performance and was most recently the adjudicator at the TBL State Solo and Party Championships. He enjoys seeing wind and percussion players reach their full potential and, in his spare time, he plays drums for Hillsong Hobart.

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