Playerlink

A special orchestral immersion experience for talented young musicians (Years 5–12) based in regional NSW.

Each year, a group of Sydney Symphony Orchestra musicians travels to a regional centre to work with and mentor a specially formed youth orchestra. This pop-up music camp provides a unique opportunity for young musicians to learn from some of the best in the business and an opportunity for the SSO to support the orchestral and instrumental ensemble programs run by the regional conservatoriums.

At Playerlink, students participate in instrumental section tutorials where they study orchestral parts focusing on aspects of musicianship such as posture, intonation, articulation, ensemble playing and interpretation. The students and SSO musicians then come together to rehearse as a whole orchestra, finishing the weekend with a free family presentation-workshop.

‘‘It was an amazing opportunity and the sound was incredible. It has reinforced my career goal to be a musician in a symphony orchestra.’’

tuba participant, playerlink 2014

Playerlink 2017 was held in Orange from Friday 5 May to Sunday 7 May, kindly hosted by Orange Regional Conservatorium.

Playerlink goes to Orange

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Information about Playerlink 2018 will be available in Term 3.

Playerlink is open to regional NSW students in Years 5–12 who play the following orchestral instruments to an approximate level of AMEB Grade 5 or above:

Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass clarinet, Bassoon, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Timpani, Orchestral Percussion, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass

Pricing

For successful applicants the participation fee is $130 for the 1st child in the family, $110 for the 2nd child, and $90 for the 3rd.

How to apply

1. Complete the online application form

2. Audition video requirements

Woodwind, Brass, and Strings

  1. All or part of 1 or 2 pieces of your own choice, demonstrating contrasting styles. Unaccompanied OK, studies/etudes OK. Total playing time approximately 3 minutes.
  2. A scale and arpeggio appropriate to your playing level. You may wish to refer to your Grade syllabus.

NB: If you are applying on 2 instruments, for example piccolo AND flute, then you will need to submit the above audition requirements for both instruments.

Percussion

  1. A piece or study of your choice on each of the following: snare drum; keyboard percussion instrument of your choice; and timpani. Total playing time approximately 3 minutes. NB: If the candidate does not have access to all three instruments, please submit what is possible.

Please ensure that you are facing the camera and your whole instrument can be seen when filming your audition video.

Upload your application video to YouTube (mobile phone video/audio quality OK) and email the link to education@sydneysymphony.com. For your own security, select "unlisted" in the Privacy settings when you upload your video. This ensures that your video is not public and can only be viewed by those you share the link with. A "How to Upload your Video" help sheet is available for download below.

If you are unable to supply your audition video via YouTube, then please contact us to discuss alternatives.

For more information email education@sydneysymphony.com or call (02) 8215 4615 or toll free outside Sydney 1800 789 709 (x4603).