Youth Orchestras

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The Junior Academy, Coffs Con Youth Orchestra and Academy make up the 3-tiered structure within the orchestral school-aged learning programs at the Con.

Directed by Patrick Brearley and Annabelle Swainston, these programs nurture students and inspire them with advanced learning and concert opportunities throughout the year while enjoying the group environment and encouraging students’ musical development.

Choose your youth orchestra

Our Youth Orchestra develops ensemble playing skills in a fun, nurturing and professional environment.

We play an assortment of classical and modern works by various composers, graded to suit the level of the players. Fun programs are always part of each term’s learning and popular film music often makes an appearance balanced with classical and contemporary repertoire.

2021 sees the Junior Academy program begin under the expert guidance of Annabelle Swainston, delivering a 3-tiered learning structure for students. 

Students rehearse weekly on Mondays at 4pm to develop their skills within a friendly, fun and supportive environment.

A chamber music ensemble for talented students in the Coffs region.

Launched in 2014, The Academy is a chamber music program for talented students across the Coffs region who have reached the equivalent of Grade 6 or higher in their instrument.

Students come together weekly to further develop their advancing skills and provide exceptional learning and performance opportunities throughout the year. Students of the Academy gain valuable access to visiting artists and concerts and rehearse Mondays from 5-6pm.

Why play in a youth orchestra?​

Playing in an youth orchestra will increase your skills in harmony, rhythm, balance, intonation and performance – and you’ll be able to take what you’ve learned back into your individual lessons.

What will I learn in a choir youth orchestra?

Students learn the following skills:

  • Musical interpretation
  • Listening in an ensemble context
  • Performance and how to cope with performance anxiety
  • The role of their chosen instrument in various ensembles
  • Harmony and the effects achieved through different combinations of instruments
  • Historical context of ensemble compositions
  • Unusual instrument combinations
  •  Bringing solo instruments into a team playing environment
  •  Communicating with an audience

Whether you know what group you’re interested in or you’d like more information, we can help you select the best ensemble for your needs – contact us on 02 6652 1592 or register your interest and we’ll get in touch with you!