Yamaha Wind Orchestra 2020 – Professional Development Project


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 2020.

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 2020:

Yamaha Percussion Artist Steve Falk will be a guest soloist and PD presenter!

Yamaha Winds 2020 is focused on bringing applicants primarily from Victoria and Tasmania although musicians in other states are most welcome to apply.

For 2020, all activity will take place in the Melbourne metropolitan area. To assist attendees from outside Victoria, 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 (Date TBC).
  • 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 TBC). 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.
  • There is a $50 player fee, payable 4 weeks after placement confirmation and includes a 1 year ABODA Victoria membership (Membership to ABODA Victoria usually $80).
  • 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 Player and Conductor below.