Foundation Program

NECOM’s Foundation String and Wind Ensembles establish a sequential training pathway that leads to a full symphonic orchestral ensemble. The Program operates on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons providing 7-10 x 45 minute tutorials and rehearsals each term with specialist conductors and accompanists from the NECOM teaching musicians on staff. At the end of each term, the Foundation Ensembles will present a concert showcasing their repertoire and developing performance skills.

The 2017 Foundation String Ensemble program exemplifies best practice  orchestral string training. A new structure centring on 4-weeks of small sectional tutorials for violins, violas and cellos is followed by a 5-week block of combined string ensemble rehearsals. Each Tuesday afternoon, the Puddledock Srings and Booralong Strings will rehearse at 4.00-4.45pm.

The 2017 Foundation Program Huff'n'Puffs Wind Ensemble will rehearse with Paul Marshal and accompanist on Wednesdays at 5.00-5.45pm.

Strings All ensembles
Puddledock violins K-Yr 2 Tuesday 4.00-4.45pm
Puddledock cellos K-Yr 3 Tuesday 4.00-4.45pm
Booralong violins, violas Yrs 3+ Tuesday 4.00-4.45pm
Booralong cellos Yrs 4+ Tuesday 4.00-4.45pm
Winds & Brass Huff 'n' Puffs Yrs 3 + Wednesday 5.00-5.45pm


Armidale Youth Orchestra (AYO)

Conductor Paul Marshall
Rehearsals 4.00 – 6pm Tuesday
Venue Orchestra Studio, NECOM
Membership Orchestral players 12-25 years
By audition

Armidale Youth String Orchestra (AYSO)

Conductor Joanna Fairs-Wu
Rehearsals 4.00-5.30pm Tuesday
Venue Auditorium, NECOM
Membership Strings 8-12 years
By audition