James McCusker Orchestra

Advanced training orchestra for experienced players AMEB level 5-7

Saturdays 9:00 - 12:00pm

Named after one of the original founding members of Canberra Youth Music, passionate musician James ‘Jim’ McCusker, the James McCusker Orchestra (JMO) is our second or training orchestra in the performance pathway, sitting just prior to the Canberra Youth Orchestra – which is typically where JMO musicians progress to as they develop musically.

Through its rehearsal and performance of carefully chosen repertoire, the James McCusker Orchestra provides an ideal environment for young players to gain exposure to the fundamentals of orchestral ensemble playing, as they develop their musical skills.

The James McCusker Orchestra works towards regular performances at venues & community events including at Llewellyn Hall, Floriade, the National Eisteddfod, and festivals in the ACT and wider region.

Approximate standard: AMEB 5-7 or equivalent (participants are expected to be taking additional individual instrumental tuition in addition to orchestra; this can be arranged with a Music For Canberra tutor if a student doesn’t already have a private teacher).

Do I have to audition to join the James McCusker Orchestra?

An audition is required to join the James McCusker Orchestra and we consider applicants throughout the year, dependent on chair availability. Please contact us if you would like register your interest in auditioning.

The James McCusker Orchestra is open to violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba & percussion.

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