2020 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!
PENRITH YOUTH ORCHESTRA (PYO) has evolved into a high-quality symphony orchestra for talented school-age musicians since it was established in 2015. A partnership between the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Penrith Conservatorium at The Joan and Penrith Symphony Orchestra (PSO), PYO rehearses and performs four times per year under the guidance of Artistic Director, Dr Paul Terracini.
In February 2020, we are thrilled to present PYO Academy – a weekend intensive program delivered in partnership with the ACO, led by renowned violinist Aiko Goto. Throughout the weekend, participants will be coached and mentored by ACO musicians and will have an opportunity to play as part of a full Symphony Orchestra, and String Ensemble or Woodwind, Brass & Percussion Ensemble. This is an invaluable opportunity for PYO participants to have in-depth experience, playing alongside the best of the best. Don’t miss this opportunity and apply now!
ACADEMY DIRECTOR – AIKO GOTO
Aiko Goto is passionate about teaching and sharing her love of music with young musicians and in 2012 established the ACO Academy, held in July each year. She is also a mentor for the ACO Emerging Artist Program and ACO Collective.
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
No audition is required to join PYO. We encourage all applications, even if students are well above or slightly below the recommended minimum standard guidelines.
Places are allocated according to performance standard and ensemble experience.
The recommended minimum standards are:
Violin: Grade 5 AMEB / Suzuki Book 5 or equivalent
Viola: Grade 3 AMEB / Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent
Cello: Grade 5 AMEB / Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent
Double Bass: Grade 3 AMEB / Suzuki Book 3 or equivalent
Woodwind, Brass & Percussion: Grade 4 AMEB or equivalent
TERM 1 – PYO ACADEMY
Friday 21 February | Saturday 22 February | Sunday 23 February
TERM 2 – PYO Online
Sunday 31 May | Sunday 7 June | Sunday 14 June
TERM 3 – Chamber Music Focus
Sunday 9 August | Sunday 16 August | Sunday 23 August
Sunday 8 November | Sunday 15 November | Sunday 22 November
The fees for the PYO ACADEMY are $150/ student or $100 / student for siblings participating concurrently.
The fees for the PYO ONLINE are $60/ student or $50/ student for siblings participating concurrently.
Fees for term 3 and term 4 are $120 / student or $90/ student for siblings participating concurrently per term.
As a registered provider for the Creative Kids program, you can redeem your voucher with us and let your child develop new skills. Enrol them in Penrith Youth Orchestra so they can create something great.
For more information about PYO, or questions about enrolment or the Creative Kids voucher please contact:
Brian Kjim. PYO Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org | 02 4732 8686