Orchestral Program

The heart of National Music Camp is the Orchestral Program. For two weeks you will be engaged in an unbelievably thrilling musical pursuit to create memorable performances of superb orchestral music, honing your skills and knowledge of orchestral music-making in combination with other exceptional young musicians. The program encompasses all aspects of the preparation and rehearsal of full-scale symphonic or chamber orchestra repertoire with inspirational direction from renowned conductors, and specialised guidance from your instrumental tutors. You will perform in one of the two full symphony orchestras or the string chamber orchestra. The culminating concerts are sure to bring the house down, and the buzz of it will stay with you forever.

Applications for all 2013 programs are now closed

Key Information

6 – 20 January

Elder Conservatorium of Music, University
of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA

$980. Participants must cover their own transport and instrument freight costs (including harp and double bass) to and from Adelaide

14–22 years inclusive, as at 1 January 2013
Minimum standard AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent
Open to all orchestral instrumentalists, including keyboard and harp


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Music Director

Elizabeth Wallfisch

‘A talent, desire to learn, and above all a love of music. This is what brings us all together! We will hear some great music for the first time. Music we know already will become new. At the heart of AYO National Music Camp 2013 is Johann Sebastian Bach, the town of Leipzig and all that has arisen there in music. It will be full of surprises. You will be amazed at who you will meet!’

A leading interpreter of music on the baroque and classical violins, Elizabeth Wallfisch is a favourite with both audiences and orchestras. Her appearances are marked by a daring and spontaneous approach to performance that results in electrifying music making. Renowned not only as a prominent interpreter of 17th, 18th and 19th century violin music, she is also an inspiring leader and director. Elizabeth Wallfisch has been a Guest Director/Leader on the violin with many of the world’s orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Netherlands Bach Society, Tafelmusik – Canada, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. Her long and impressive discography offers a window onto her expansive musical world from the High Baroque Italian violinist-composers such as Vivaldi, Corelli, and the Classical and Romantic Greats from Mozart to Brahms.


Bruno Weil

German born Bruno Weil has received worldwide fame as one of the leading conductors of music of Viennese Classicism. He is principal guest conductor of the Tafelmusik Orchestra and music director of the Cappella Coloniensis, and his conducting engagements have included performances with leading symphony orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, The Dresden Staatskapelle, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. From 1992 – 2010, Weil was Music Director of the Carmel Bach Festival, California from 1992 – 2010 and was Artistic Director of the period instrument festival “KLANG & RAUM” (Sound and space) in Irsee, Bavaria from 1993 – 2011. In 2001, he was appointed conducting Professor in Munich at the State Academy for Music and Theatre.

Fabian Russell

Fabian Russell has been at the forefront of the Australian classical music industry over the last twenty five years as Conductor, Artistic Director, teacher and orchestral musician, holding positions with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 he founded The Orchestra Project - a training orchestra for pre-eminent young Australian musicians. Over the past ten years Fabian has been engaged to conduct AYO, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, ANAM and most of Australia’s youth and university orchestras. He was Artistic Director of Melbourne Youth Orchestra and is currently the Principal Conductor of the Monash Academy Orchestra. He was awarded the Churchill Fellowship in 2011 and is an international adviser to the Australian Music Foundation.