WA Youth Orchestras Music Director & Conductor

Peter Moore OAM (1988 – present)

Originally from London, Peter began his early musical life studying piano, violin, and later the bassoon. For many years Peter has delighted young audiences in Asia and Australia with concerts designed to introduce young people to the excitement of classical music. The highly successful Babies Proms Concerts are now in their 30th year. He is a frequent guest Conductor/Presenter with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Peter has also had a distinguished career as a professional bassoonist, having been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and for 13 years Principal Bassoon with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He has played as guest principal bassoon with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 – 2016 Peter was Principal Baroque and Classical Bassoon with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

For 20 years Peter was an Associate Professor and Head of Wind Studies & Conducting at the University of Western Australia. Peter was musical director for AYO National Camp in the year 2000 and has presented conducting programs for Symphony Australia as well as chamber music programs for Musica Viva. In the year 2000 he was honoured by the Australian Government with the Order of Australia Medal for his work in music education.

2023 Staff Conductors

WAYO – Peter Moore OAM, Jon Tooby, Benjamin Northey

PHILHARMONIC – Dale Pointon & Elise Chong

CAMERATA – Grace Ah-quee & Daemon Clark

COLLEGIUM – Daemon Clark & Grace Ah-quee

SINFONIETTA – Jeanette Teh

FLUTE CHOIR – Christie Sullivan

Woodside International Conductors

Tze Law Chan (Singapore)
Vladimir Verbitsky (Russia)
Benjamin Northey (Australia/New Zealand)
Arvo Volmer (Estonia)


Tutors are predominantly drawn from the ranks of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the University of Western Australia School of Music, and the WA Academy of Performing Arts.