“Being part of AYO National Music Camp has definitely helped me on my path to becoming a professional musician. There's so much I've learned from being part of a section and having so many other fantastic musicians around.” Chelsea Witham


Together with the best young players from all over Australia, you will participate in a program encompassing all aspects of the preparation and rehearsal of full-scale symphonic or chamber orchestra repertoire. You will perform in one of the two full symphony orchestras or the string chamber orchestra.

Musicians will be offered, rehearsals with internationally recognised conductors, sectional rehearsals and tutorials under the guidance from some of Australian most respected and skilled musicians, public performance and live broadcast opportunities and professional development seminars. The culminating concerts are sure to bring the house down, and the buzz of it will stay with you forever.

More information on AYO National Music Camp Concert Series here

Artists in Residence

New in 2016, our artists-in-residence will broaden the range of repertoire, performance practice and career experience you will have access to at AYO National Music Camp.

These two brilliant and inspirational performers have carved out successful careers as soloists, teachers, chamber musicians and recording artists.


Scottish born classical accordionist James Crabb’s repertoire ranges from original contemporary works to transcriptions from Baroque to the 21st Century. A recognised authority on the music of Astor Piazzolla, James has collaborated with the original members of Piazzolla’s quintet and recorded with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Richard Tognetti, and the Tango Jam quintet.

Recent highlights include conducting and performing Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires (Victorian Opera), Stravinsky’s Petrouchka (Tero Saarinen Dance Company), Gubaidulina’s 7 Words (BBC Symphony), Sally Beamish’s concerto for accordion The Singing (BBC Proms), recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, an ACO Victorian tour, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and Brett Dean in a new accordion/viola work, Opera Queensland’s Abandon (arr. Handel), and a China tour with Black Arm Band.

Genevieve Lacey RECORDERS

Genevieve Lacey is a multiple award winning recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director (Four Winds Festival) who holds academic and performance degrees (including a doctorate) in music and english literature from universities in Melbourne, Switzerland and Denmark. Passionate about contemporary music, she creates possibilities and contexts for new music, people and ideas.

Genevieve has a substantial recording catalogue and a high-profile career as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles around the world, performing music spanning ten centuries, with artists as diverse as Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Paul Kelly (Conversations with Ghosts), London filmmaker Marc Silver (en masse), big hART( Namatjira) and Black Arm Band/Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (ngangwurra means heart.).


Brad Cohen

Brad Cohen is recognised as a leading interpreter of the bel canto repertoire, conducting the operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini internationally and on disc. Brad works extensively with contemporary operatic composers and pursues an active symphonic conducting career, having conducted orchestras including MSO, WASO, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Brad is the Artistic Director of West Australian Opera, where in 2015 he conducts Faust. In 2015 he returns to Opera Holland Park for Flight.

Erik Nielsen

Iowa native Erik Nielsen studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and received his bachelor’s degree as a double-major in oboe and harp at The Juilliard School.  He joined the Frankfurt Opera in 2002, where he was Kapellmeister from 2008 until 2012.  He will take up the positions of Chief Conductor of Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in September 2015 and Music Director of the Theater Basel with effect from the 2016/17 season. 

Recent and future engagements include London, New York, Vienna, Paris, Dresden, Zurich, Budapest, and the Bregenz Festival with a wide repertoire ranging from Handel to Henze.

Monica Curro

Violinist Monica Curro is currently in her 18th year as Assistant Principal 2nd Violin of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and was previously she was a core member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for 5 years. She graduated with a BMus from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1987 and completed a Master’s Degree at Michigan State University in 1991, studying with Walter Verdehr. She has also played with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

In 2009 Monica was invited as the only Australian to play in the World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev for concerts in Poland and Sweden. She joined them in 2010 for concerts in London and Salzburg, in Abu Dhabi for 2011, in New York and Chicago for 2012, and in London for 2014.

She is a founding member of contemporary chamber ensemble PLEXUS which has commissioned over 70 composers and premiered 22 new works in 2014. 


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