Intermediate Ensembles

Yes! NECOM and AYO Intermediate and Advanced ensembles will recommence in Term 3 after the long recess due to COVID-19. Rehearsals will commence face-to-face under the guidelines of the NSW Department of Health. In preparation for this return, NECOM has worked diligently to implement extensive health and safety policies for group activities to resume safely as the wellbeing and protection of students, staff and families is paramount. Sectional rehearsals for strings and percussion are in place with reduced rehearsal times and strict social distancing. Sectional rehearsals for winds will be held externally eg portico, garden of the Old Teachers College depending on the weather to ensure strict hygiene and transmission precautions.

Please check out all the details for the:
1. Return to Ensemble Program Safety Policy

2. NECOM Instrument Cleaning Guidelines

The NECOM Percussion Ensemble rehearses on Thursday afternoons 4.00-4.45pm in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room led by Kees Grenyer and Fumie Takahashi. Utilising the large array of symphonic orchestral percussion this ensemble introduces young musicians to learn xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone,  drums such as timpani, congas, snare drum and bass drums, and other orchestral percussion such as tubular bells, cymbals, gongs, tambourine, woodblocks and many more. For information and enrolment please click on the following documents:

NECOM Percussion Ensemble Information

Online Enrolment Form

Download NECOM Percussion Ensemble Enrolment Form

AYO will have sectional rehearsals to ensure distancing and hygiene measures and rehearsals have been shortened to comply with government guidelines to minimise extended contact. Finishing times have been staggered to minimise traffic at the end of rehearsals. Please refer to updated information on the Armidale Youth Orchestras website.

  • AYSO     4:00 – 5:00pm
  • AYWE    4:00 – 5:00pm
  • AYO       4:00 – 5:15pm

Armidale Youth Orchestra
Refer to the Advanced Ensembles page for information.

Armidale Youth String Orchestra
Conductor:                         Joanna Fairs-Wu, NECOM Head of Strings
Rehearsals:                         Tuesday’s 4:00 – 5:00pm
Entry level:                         AMEB Grade 2 or Trinity Grade 3
Typical age:                         9 to 15 years

Armidale Youth Wind Ensemble
Conductor:                         Louisa Sindel-Marshall, NECOM Wind Teacher
Rehearsals:                         Tuesday’s 4:00 – 5:00pm
Entry level:                         AMEB Grade 2 or Trinity Grade 3
Typical age:                        10 to 18 years

More information about Armidale Youth Orchestras including how to join can be found at