Emily Wan and the Australian Youth Orchestra

By Louise Keller Head of Strings November 14, 2023

Congratulations to Emily Wan (Year 10) who was awarded an oboe scholarship to attend the recent Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program in the holidays.

Emily was one of 61 musicians from around the country who gathered in Bathurst for eight days of rehearsals, tutorials and performances. The standard of playing was particularly high with the orchestra performing Symphony no. 2 by Rachmaninov and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra for a large and appreciative audience. I was lucky enough to be involved in this program and was particularly proud to witness Emily’s involvement throughout the week.

Emily says that she enjoyed the experience of meeting fellow dedicated musicians who performed at a high level. She also learnt from the tutors and conductors and was particularly interested in their ideas on how to prepare for auditions, how to deal with performance anxiety and how to do well as a career musician.

Emily has already auditioned for Australian Youth Orchestra in 2024 and has been accepted on the bassoon! Congratulations again to Emily for being involved in these exciting orchestral opportunities.