Yamaha Wind Orchestra 2021 – Professional Development Project

Saturday 29 May: 11:00 am to 5:30pm / Sunday 30 May: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 19 June: 11:00 am to 5:30pm / Sunday 20 June: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm


Following the outstanding success of the inaugural Yamaha Winds project in 2018 & 2019, Yamaha Music Australia is excited and proud to invite musicians 18 years and older to take part in this unique performing and professional learning opportunity for 2021.

Led by Yamaha Music Australia’s Education Outreach Clinician, Prof. Rob McWilliams, this project will provide unparalleled opportunity on two fronts:

  1. The opportunity to perform in an elite level symphonic wind band, playing top quality repertoire for a single concert performance in an outstanding venue.
  2. Access to unique professional development opportunities for musicians and conductors. Through an innovative approach to the preparation and rehearsal process, this initiative will assist musicians and conductors who deal with wind bands in educational institutions and the community. As part of the Yamaha Wind Orchestra, the ensemble members will receive learning materials related to repertoire selection, program design, score preparation / study, rehearsal / conducting techniques and more!

Additionally, up to three successful applicants will receive an opportunity to be mentored through the process of preparing and conducting a short item on the culminating performance in addition to playing in the ensemble.

NEW for 2021:

Guest soloist and additional PD presenters to be announced soon!

Yamaha Winds 2021 is focused on bringing applicants primarily from Victoria and Tasmania although musicians in other states are most welcome to apply. Yamaha will assist in covering the cost of accommodation for interstate participants.

For 2021, all activity will take place in the Melbourne metropolitan area. To assist attendees from outside Melbourne, the total time commitment is restricted to just two weekends, with only a single Saturday overnight necessary each time.

Participant feedback from previous Yamaha Winds events:

“The quality of the ensemble, the repertoire, the focus on aural acuity, and the PD information. All these things were of the highest quality, delivered by a high quality director”

“The PD material was incredibly useful, I got so much out of it. The music we played was amazing. This was an excellent opportunity. Definitely will do it again next year.”

Audition / Application Details

  • Applicants MUST be 18 years or older as at the date of first rehearsal (29 May, 2021).
  • Applicants must play a symphonic wind band instrument (piccolo, flute, oboe, bassoon, Eb clarinet, Bb clarinet, Bb bass clarinet, Eb / Bb contra-alto/contra-bass clarinet, Bb soprano Sax, Eb alto sax, Bb tenor sax, Eb baritone sax, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass, percussion, or harp).
  • Playing audition is by video submission (Due date: FRIDAY 16 April, 2021). The video needs to have clear visibility of the player and instrument and reasonable quality audio (decent quality phone recordings are fine). The audition recording should demonstrate the player’s highest level of ability on TWO contrasting items (or sections of a single item): one displaying expert technical ability/control, the other displaying lyrical/expressive style.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel, including experts outside of Yamaha Music Australia, and selection decisions will be final.
  • This activity is part of Yamaha Music Australia’s support of music educators so there is no fee to participate. Yamaha will assist in covering the cost of accommodation for interstate participants for both weekends and lunches will be provided free of charge for all players.
  • If you would like to also audition for one of the limited number of opportunities to rehearse, conduct and be mentored in addition to playing in the ensemble, you should be comfortable rehearsing and conducting wind band music from levels 3-4. To be considered for this conducting opportunity please specify you are interested in being a player AND conductor in your email.

To apply please email directly to: orchestral-aus@music.yamaha.com by Friday 16 April, 2021.