AYO National Music Camp - Orchestral Program

The highlight of the year for many young Australian musicians, AYO National Music Camp is a whirlwind of new faces, exhilarating challenges and uplifting performances. Experience a musical summer as part of a symphony or chamber orchestra, and let yourself be inspired by tutors, artists and conductors of international standing.



Matthew Coorey
  Natsuko Yoshimoto
Chamber Orchestra Director

Matthew Coorey began his conducting career in 2003 when he was appointed Assistant Conductor to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Matthew has a strong commitment to working with younger musicians and regularly conducts at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has also worked with the orchestras of the Royal College of Music London, the Mendelssohn Hochshule Leipzig, the Trinity-Laban Orchestra London and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

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Born in Japan, Natsuko Yoshimoto began playing the violin at the age of three. In great demand as a soloist, she has appeared with many world renowned orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia (London), Halle Orchestra, Odense Symphony (Denmark), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

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Tzelaw Chan
  William Barton

Tzelaw Chan is Music Director of Singapore's Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and the award-winning Orchestra of The Music Makers. In 2018 he received the Composers and Authors Society of Singapore’s Artistic excellence award for his numerous contributions to the Singapore music community. As a pedagogue, Chan is Vice-Dean and Associate Professor of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, and is widely credited for his founding role of the conservatory orchestra and New Music Ensemble.

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Born in Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia, composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist William Barton has been playing the didgeridoo for over 25 years. He has forged an international profile in the classical musical world, performing with the Philharmonic Orchestras of London and Berlin. William holds honorary doctorate degrees from the Universities of Griffith & Sydney and has released five albums on the ABC Classics label. 

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What’s involved?

You’ll experience two weeks of immersive musical training and exhilarating concert performances at AYO National Music Camp.

Every participant is assigned to a symphony orchestra or chamber orchestra and will spend the majority of their time at camp with their ensemble. The orchestras will be led by renowned artists including conductors Matthew Coorey, Tzelaw Chan and violinist, Natsuko Yoshimoto.

All students attend tutorials with a leading instrumental tutor, and have access to mentorship and professional development sessions led by our experienced AYO staff and our Artist-in-Residence; William Barton. Barton has been playing didgeridoo for over 20 years with an array of prestigious accolades and tours with various orchestras worldwide. In addition, all participants have the opportunity to explore the world of chamber music as part of a smaller chamber ensemble.

With an action-packed schedule it’s important to look after our participants. We provide airport transfers, comfortable accommodation and three meals per day for every camp attendee.

Instrumental Tutors 


Lachlan Bramble
  Rachael Beesley
  Elizabeth Layton
  Kirsten Williams
Viola  Merewyn Bramble
  Sally Clarke
Cello Howard Penny
  Michelle Wood
Double Bass Damien Eckersley
  Rob Nairn
Flute Geoffrey Collins
Oboe Huw Jones
Clarinet Dean Newcomb
Bassoon Jackie Newcomb
Horn Francesco Lo Surdo
Trumpet Shane Hooton
Trombone Benjamin Anderson
Tuba Karina Filipi
Percussion Robert Cossom
Timpani Alex Timcke
Keyboard Leigh Harrold
Harp Jacinta Dennett