from behind the scenes


Meet the Musician: Emma John

April 28th, 2023|Meet our Musicians, Scholarships|

Emma is one of the recipients of a 2023 Peter Moore Scholarship.  She writes about her WAYO experience: I have been a part of the WAYO organisation for three years. I initially joined the Philharmonic in 2021, and then moved into the orchestra in 2022. This year I am very excited to be the principal horn of the Western Australian Youth Orchestra. Being a part of WAYO has been fundamental in my development as a young musician...

WAYO quartet inspired by Kronos masterclass

February 28th, 2023|Collaborations|

“To vib, or not to vib: that is the question. Or is it?” As quoted by legendary Kronos Quartet cellist Paul Wiancko, who mentored our talented WAYO quartet members in an awe-inspiring private masterclass which explored the intricacies of musical style, use of vibrato, ensemble playing and the art of playing contemporary works with musical freedom. [ read more ]

Meet the Musician: Daniel Corvaia

February 21st, 2023|Meet our Musicians, Scholarships|

"2023 will mark my tenth year as a member of the WA Youth Orchestras program. I have enjoyed making wonderful music with many different colleagues, conductors, and various ensembles. My journey began in 2014 with the Sinfonietta String Orchestra...

Take Five with Breanna Fernandes

June 10th, 2022|Alumni News, Meet our Musicians|

One of our longest-serving, current members takes a moment to look back on her time in WAYO before heading off on an international adventure! Her thirteen-year-long journey with us has taken her across many Western Australian and International stages, culminating in a Perth Concert Hall swan song on Sunday 5 June, 2022. Breanna Fernandes had her start on violin at the age of seven on the Fremantle Town Hall stage, playing such classics as The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky), Hungarian Folksongs (Bartók) [ read more ]

Rite & Revolution Wrap-Up!

February 1st, 2022|Collaborations, Concert News, Reviews|

"It was wonderful to be at a concert in the PCH where the audience was not dominated by white hair. More please.” We adore our supporters, young and old, but we can't deny the hope we feel upon seeing WA's younger patrons turn up in droves to support classical music. Click below to read the reviews, take in the stunning live-performance images, and see what our audience had to say about this distinctive production. As The West Australian put it, [ read more ]

Take Five with Percussionist Joey Eng

August 25th, 2021|Concert News, Meet our Musicians|

Next month, Joey will join the WA Youth Orchestra on the Perth Concert Hall stage for their upcoming concert, Boléro. As the percussionist, Joey will execute the challenging snare drum part in Ravel’s most famous work. He will also have the exciting experience of participating in the world premiere of Australian composer Georgia Scott’s new work, Into the Deep. We spoke to Joey about this exciting upcoming concert, and his journey to becoming a percussionist and composer.

WAYO celebrates revived premiere

August 17th, 2021|Concert News, Meet our Musicians|

Like many organisations, WAYO has keenly felt the impact of COVID-19, particularly regarding our 2020 concert season and initiatives. One of our newest and most highly anticipated initiatives, the Carol Day Commission, was put on ice as we navigated our way through a time of unprecedented performance uncertainty. We are thrilled to finally give the 2020 Carol Day Commission its well-deserved premiere this coming September! Composed by Georgia Scott, Into the Deep draws from both mythology and the aesthetic of the sublime, highlighting the ocean’s power to inspire both terror and awe...

‘Spirit’ in review

June 1st, 2021|Reviews|

The word is out and Spirit is a hit! Our mammoth 120-piece orchestra, joined by Numbulwar local Don Nunggarrgalu (Northern Territory), soared as they tackled symphonic works of old and new at Perth Concert Hall this past Sunday (30 May 2021). Seesaw's Claire Coleman writes...

The Art of Collaboration

August 28th, 2020|Collaborations, Concert News|

West Australian Opera is excited to present the magical storytelling of The Nightingale in an exciting and unique collaboration between five companies. We take you behind the scenes to explore the creation of The Nightingale in a season that harness the next generation of WA talent. On this weeks behind the scenes journey we speak with members from the WA Youth Orchestra as they share with us what is involved in preparing and learning a new score. WA Opera is [ read more ]

July Holiday Rehearsal Season at the Perth Concert Hall

June 22nd, 2020|Concert News|

We warmly welcome back all our WAYO members to what will prove to be an exciting week of rehearsals and performances at the Perth Concert Hall! As isolation restrictions are now lifting, WAYO is gradually making a safe return. The July Holiday Rehearsal Season will provide a wonderful opportunity for all our WAYO members to reunite for a week of rehearsals, tutorials and music activities at The Perth Concert Hall during the school holidays. Support WAYO’s Future with a Tax [ read more ]

Take five with Oliver Crofts

November 12th, 2019|Meet our Musicians|

Oliver recently travelled to Melbourne, having been invited to the second and final round live auditions for the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).  He has since been offered a scholarship position in the 2020 ANAM Professional Performance Program in Melbourne, where he will study with David Thomas – Head of Winds ANAM (Principal Clarinet – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra). [ read more ]

A World Premiere for WAYO

June 25th, 2019|Concert News, Scholarships|

Announcing the Inaugural Carol Day commissioned work by Melody Eötvös Originally from the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Melody recently relocated to Melbourne via the USA, where she completed her Doctor of Music, to take up a full time post at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Her work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical topics and late 19th Century literature. Recent commissions include a percussion and choral [ read more ]

Take five with Emma Ou

May 8th, 2019|Meet our Musicians|

1. What inspired you to learn an instrument? I always loved watching and listening to recordings of others playing instruments, which really inspired me to learn so I could play the music I loved listening to. When I started learning the violin, a big inspiration for me to practice was performing for people. It makes me really happy to be able to perform for people who enjoy my music. A few years after learning the violin, I was interested in [ read more ]

Take five with Joshua Dunne

April 29th, 2019|Meet our Musicians|

Although one would be forgiven for assuming Joshua was once a student at the UWA Conservatorium of Music (especially given his semi-permanent presence there), he has just graduated from UWA’s Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) program with majors in Political Science and International Relations and Business Law. Joshua loves all things old and all things foreign and was lucky enough to spend a semester in Lyon, France improving his French and soaking up every art gallery and museum he possible could. [ read more ]

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