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A Day in the Orchestra 2018

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce A Day in the Orchestra, a weekend workshop and performance program for community instrumentalists.

Applications are now open for this year’s program, which will be directed by Benjamin Northey, Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Participants in A Day in the Orchestra will:

  • Rehearse side-by-side with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians and dynamic conductor Benjamin Northey;
  • Perform exciting and challenging repertoire with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in our home studio;
  • Participate in tutorials on the music with Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians;
  • Meet and perform with other community musicians from across Queensland.


Ledger Indian Pacific: For Orchestra
Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake, Scene and Waltz
Kats-Chernin Dance of the Paper Umbrellas
Gershwin An American in Paris 



Friday 17 August

6pm: Registration
6.30pm to 9pm: Rehearsal

Saturday 18 August

9.30am to 1pm: Rotating sectionals led by Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians*
2pm to 4.30pm: Rehearsal
6pm to 7pm: Final rehearsal

7.30pm: Day in the Orchestra concert

* percussion sectional will take place at 4.30pm on Friday 17 August.


This opportunity is for adult (18 years and older), community musicians who are current residents of Queensland and play an orchestral instrument. It is most suited to participants who play regularly in a symphonic band or orchestra.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will select enough musicians to establish a full orchestra appropriate for the programmed repertoire. If any section is oversubscribed then participants will be selected in a draw. Successful applicants will need to provide their own instruments and equipment, except for percussion. In addition to orchestral instruments, applications are also open to pianists, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone players.

If you would like to observe rehearsals and tutorials without playing please contact us. Professional Development certificates will be provided for teachers.


Friday 18 May: Applications for participants open
Friday 29 June: Applications close
Friday 6 July: Participants notified of acceptance and electronic copies of orchestral parts distributed
Friday 6 July: Participant tickets on sale via phone or in person through Queensland Symphony Orchestra Box Office
Friday 6 July: Audience tickets on sale through website


Contact Queensland Symphony Orchestra's Community Engagement Manager Judy Wood - or (07) 3833 5055




Benjamin Northey

Australian conductor Benjamin Northey is the Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held the posts of Resident Guest Conductor of the Australia...
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A Day in the Orchestra is proudly presented by Brisbane Airport Corporation.