He successfully auditioned for the TYO Wind Ensemble (on flute).
According to the TYO general manager, Michelle Forbes, Augustus has already proven himself to be a committed and contributing member of the group.
Augustus rehearses on Saturday mornings, for two hours, under the baton of Simon Cawthorn and with the support of various tutors across the year. He’ll be performing in August and November as well as at great community events during year.
In general, the TYO supports the development of young Tasmanian musicians through weekly rehearsals across the school term, all under the guidance of expert conductors and tutors. It has eight ensembles including two choirs, two string ensembles, a wind ensemble, a percussion ensemble and two orchestras, one of which is the flagship “TYO”.
“All positions are auditioned to ensure every student is in the ensemble that will best support his or her current stage of development,” Ms Forbes said. “While we hold a main round at the end of each year, students can apply to join at any time through our late audition process.
“In addition to each ensemble, there are various special projects from our free community concert series, up to one of the most exciting professional development opportunity the country has to offer – the side-by-side event with the TSO Big Rehearsal.”
Ms Forbes said that the TYO had a wonderful legacy of more than 50 years.
“As the result of recently having migrated to a professional model, we are working on a number of strategies to grow the opportunities we provide to young musicians and to ensure a strong and sustainable future for the organisation,” she said.