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ACTAM Symphony Program


Next Concert: Thursday 7th October


Performing works by Verdi, Chopin & Tchaikovsky


Soloist: Anthony Smith, Piano


Information: 0419 308 918




The ACTAM Symphony Program will periodically provide training and performance opportunities for young and emerging orchestral musicians. The program will be structured with flexible options to suit different participants. Each symphony program will be contained within a school holiday period, thus supporting developing musicians who can still maintain their existing commitments to other orchestras and programs in the Canberra community.  


This program has been designed to assist emerging talent within the Canberra community, and ACTAM will not generate any profit through this endeavour. ACTAM welcomes the participation of experienced players/professionals who are willing to offer their time and passion in key leadership positions.


Next Workshops


September/October 2021 - Series 1

Workshop 1 – General orchestral training for String Players


Workshop 2 – Rehearsal for players performing in the ACTAM Symphony concert

ACTAM Symphony in Concert - with performance on Thursday 7th October


The Workshops in Detail


Workshop 1 – General Orchestral Training for String Players

25th to 27th September, Saturday to Monday

Details: 3-day course, 6-7hrs per day (approx. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, TBC)

Fees: $270 all-inclusive price, or $110 per day

Suited to: Workshop 1A: For intermediate students of approximately AMEB grades 4 to 7

                  Workshop 1B: For advanced students of AMEB grade 7 equivalent and above

                  *Participants of 1B will be considered for Workshop 2 and the ACTAM Symphony concert


Participants will explore and develop essential orchestral skills. Intermediate and advanced students will benefit from instruction from some of Canberra’s leading string educators and conductors, exploring some major repertoire for string ensembles, as well as excerpts of important symphonic works.




Workshop 2 – Initial Preparation and Rehearsals for ACTAM Symphony Concert - All Instruments

2nd to 4th October, Saturday to Monday

Details: 3-day course, 6hrs per day (approx. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, TBC)

Fees: $65 all-inclusive price.


Suited to: All students, amateur players and emerging professionals who wish to perform in the ACTAM Symphony Concert this series. 

Note: Workshop 2 is required for students and emerging professionals as preparation for the ACTAM Symphony Concert. There will be no additional fees required to perform in the concert.

Participants will focus on the repertoire to be performed in the ACTAM Symphony concert. This workshop prepares the young and emerging players for the experience of joining the professionals and performing in the concert after just two full rehearsals.



ACTAM Symphony Concert: Works by Verdi, Chopin and Tchaikovsky

Soloist: Anthony Smith, Piano


Monday 4th October – 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Wednesday 6th October – 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm


Thursday 7th October – 7:30 pm at the Calwell Performing Arts Centre



The workshops will be run by leading music educators. These are the paid roles within the program; however, these professionals also volunteer their time to perform in the ACTAM Symphony concert.



How to Apply

Consider and then select which player category you will apply under:

  • Intermediate Student – Workshop 1A – for String Players grades 4 to 7

  • Advanced Student – Workshop 1B – for String Players grades 7 and above (please indicate if you wish to be considered for the Symphony Concert?)

  • Emerging Player – Workshop 2 and ACTAM Symphony – for players such as Uni students, young professionals, those looking to gain orchestral performance experience.

  • Amateur Musician – Workshop 2 and ACTAM Symphony – for advanced players with experience in community ensembles

  • Instrumental Teacher – ACTAM Symphony (please indicate if you have students to include in this part of the program)

  • Professional Performer – ACTAM Symphony (with substantial professional orchestral experience; please indicate if you are interested in tutoring or key leadership roles)




Special Considerations:

For participants who are experiencing financial hardship, consideration will be given on a case by case basis for a reduction in fees. Contact ACTAM to apply:

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