Armidale Youth Orchestras

The Armidale Youth Orchestras offer music students from 8 to 21 years a weekly program during term with peer mentoring, advanced performing opportunities, master classes with professional performers, and above all a chance to share the love of music making with other young musicians from Armidale and beyond.

AYO Committee

Chair: Erica Smith
Vice-Chair: Emma Knight
Treasurer: Maria Baivucago
Secretary: Liz Cotterell
Media and Marketing: Melissa Ping-Kee
Garden Party: Stuart and Katrina George
Sawtell: Ken and Leontine Barnett

While AYO is part of NECOM operations, the organisation remains financially and organisationally self-administered.
It relies on volunteers for committee roles as well as for support and contributions from parents and guardians for management of concerts and activities. Please consider how you could help.

The Armidale Youth Orchestras offer music students from 8 to 21 years a weekly program during term with professional conductors, peer mentoring, advanced performing opportunities, masterclasses with professional performers, and above all a chance to share the love of music making with other young musicians from Armidale and beyond.

Armidale Youth Orchestra (AYO)

50 member symphony orchestra

Musical Director:              Russell Bauer & Paul Marshall

Entry level:                          Yr 7, audition and AMEB levels apply

Strings:                                 AMEB Grade 5 or Trinity Grade 6

Winds:                                   AMEB Grade 3/4 or Trinity Grade 4/5

Typical age:                        12 to 21 years

Rehearsals                          Tuesdays during school term 4:00 – 6:00pm at NECOM

 

Armidale Youth String Orchestra (AYSO)

40 member string ensemble

Musical Director:             Joanna Fairs-Wu

Entry level:                         Strings: AMEB Grade 2 or Trinity Grade 3 with written teacher recommendation

Typical age:                        9 to 15 years

Rehearsals                          Tuesdays during school term 4:00 – 5:00pm at NECOM

 

Armidale Youth Wind Ensemble (AYWE)

15 member wind ensemble

Musical Director:              Paul Marshall

Entry level:                         Winds: AMEB Grade 2 or Trinity Grade 3 with written teacher recommendation

Typical age:                        9 to 15 years

Rehearsals                          Tuesdays during school term 4:00 – 5:00pm at NECOM

How to Join