The WA Youth Orchestras Association
(WAYMA - formerly WA Youth Music) is a
non-for-profit community organisation whose purpose is to offer young
people quality musical experiences through unique performance
opportunities, thereby creating an environment in which they can achieve
their musical potential.
Auditions are held for students each year in November - information is available from the WAYMA website.
Youth training orchestras offered by WAYMA include;
WA Youth Orchestra (WAYO)
Founded in 1974 and led by eminent Music Director Peter Moore OAM, the 100-piece Western Australian Youth Orchestra is the state's premier youth orchestra. Philharmonic Orchestra
The Philharmonic is a full symphony orchestra, providing musicians with a high level introduction to advanced orchestral playing.
WA Youth Symphonic Band
Since its inception in 2004, the Symphonic Band provides an opportunity for young woodwind, brass and percussion musicians to develop their musical end ensemble skills, performing classic and contemporary Symphonic Band repertoire. Flute Choir
The award-winning WA Youth Music Flute Choir provides flautists with the opportunity to develop their ensemble skills under the guidance of a professional conductor. Collegium String Orchestra
Dedicated to learning and performing both high quality string orchestra repertoire and original compositions, the Collegium provides the perfect springboard from which many members progress into the Philharmonic Orchestra and beyond. Sinfonietta String Orchestra
Led by string specialists, the Sinfonietta is the entry level of orchestral playing within the Association, and focuses on providing a positive and nurturing environment for young musicians to develop their skills and confidence. South West Youth Strings
Launched in 2011, our new regional ensemble program based in Bunbury aims to offer young musicians living in the South West quality musical training and performance opportunities.
Established in 1983, the purpose of West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra
(WAYJO) is to give young jazz musicians aged 14 to 25 the training to play at a professional standard, to perform alongside award-winning local and international guest artists.
A unique hothouse for Australia’s young jazz musicians, WAYJO provides the bridge from aspiring school musician to professional working musician. The WAYJO experience gives them the confidence to venture out and create
their own bands and, hopefully, earn a living from being a musician.
Auditions are generally announced for students each year in November - information is available from the WAYJO website.
Youth training orchestras offered by WAYJO include; Composers Ensemble
The Composers Ensemble is WAYJO’s premiere ensemble, playing a variety of big band styles from the swing era to contemporary jazz. The focus is on presenting modern Australian composers including a program to promote local WA emerging composers.Big Band
The WAYJO Big Band presents big band music in the style of the 1950s and 60s – Big brass sounds with a swingin’ feeling. Count Basie and Duke Ellington classics are performed along with music from Thad Jones, Bill Holman, Gordon Goodwin and Bob Mintzer.Swing Band
Swinging its way through early jazz tunes from the swing era, the WAYJO Swing Band takes its repertoire from Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Sy Oliver, Fletcher Henderson and Tommy Dorsey. Perfect for dancing, this band of young jazz musicians is the future of jazz in WA.