Winds Orchestra
Winds Orchestra

Yamaha Wind Orchestra 2019 – Professional Development Project

Following the outstanding success of the inaugural Yamaha Winds project in 2018, 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.

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.

Yamaha Winds 2019 is focused on bringing applicants primarily from Victoria and Tasmania although musicians in other states are most welcome to apply.

For 2019, 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 2018:

“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.”

Applicants should be available for ALL rehearsals and performance

Saturday 20th July 11:00am to 5:30pm
Wesley College – Melbourne

Sunday 21st July 9:30am to 5:30pm
Wesley College – Melbourne

Saturday 10th August 11am to 8:30pm
Venue TBC


Sunday 11th August 9:30am to 2pm
Venue TBC


Sunday 11th August, 3pm
Venue TBC

Audition / Application Details

  • Applicants MUST be 18 years or older as at the date of first rehearsal (20 July, 2019).
  • 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 and due NO LATER THAN Friday 26 April. The video needs to have clear visibility of the player and instrument and reasonable quality audio. 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.
  • 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.

Questions? If you still have questions after checking the terms & conditions, feel free to email