The TDO is a refreshingly bold idea in Australian orchestral music making, designed to offer musicians with advanced orchestral instrument skills the opportunity to come together and make great music in Hobart, Tasmania.
It’s an orchestra for the community too.
Concerts by the TDO are more than just turning up and listening to the music. They’re an event where the sumptuous sounds evoked by 65 musicians, come alive through interactive opportunities with people passionate about the orchestra.
Applications for audition are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Audition schedule for 2012 TBA
Players will be asked to perform from a set of orchestral excerpts that can be found as PDFs on the right of the 'Apply' page.
For those who audition by DVD, the audition requirements are identical. Performances are to be filmed directly facing the camera and without any post video or audio editing.
N.B. Candidates are advised to seek appropriate advice on how to make an effective and successful recording. The UTAS Conservatorium of Music is neither responsible for nor can extend deadlines, where recordings are lost or damaged in the mail. Please use adequate packaging.
Tasmania Discovery Orchestra
UTAS Conservatorium of Music
Private Bag 63
Hobart Tasmania 7001
For further information about auditions or the TDO, contact Briony Buys at the Conservatorium of Music.
The Tasmania Discovery Orchestra (TDO) is a new initiative by the University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, designed to increase the participation rate of trained orchestral musicians in Australia who do not have ongoing opportunities to perform in a high-level ensemble.
Drawn from many and varied professions, the TDO attracts musicians who may also be doctors, lawyers, music teachers, business people or retirees, as some examples. Accomplished musicians in their own right, these professionals come together up to four times each year to perform outstanding orchestral music in the beautiful City of Hobart, Tasmania.
The TDO is an ensemble of the Conservatorium of Music. Eligibility to perform in the orchestra is based both on successful audition and enrolment in successive performance units leading to either a Diploma in Music Performance (undergraduate) or a Graduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice (graduate).
Performance units in which orchestra members enrol are offered with a full Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) scholarship. This means that TDO members will not incur any course costs through enrolment. The respective qualification is attained after successful completion of eight concerts. The minimum time for completion for the respective diploma is two years (i.e. all four concerts performed in both years) and the maximum time allowed is four years.
Members of the Tasmania Discovery Orchestra must be at least 16 years of age and either Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
All members of the TDO are paid $80.00 per three-hour rehearsal. No fee is applicable for the concert as this incorporates the assessment for the unit in which the member is enrolled.
Members travelling from the mainland also receive a $100 travel subsidy in addition to the rehearsal fee for each concert performed in the season.
5 x 3 hour rehearsals $400
Travel subsidy (mainland members only) $100
Total $500 (tax deductable income)
Sunday 31 March 2013 - 2:30pm
Friday 13th July 2012 - 8:00pm
Sunday 16th September 2012 - 2:30pm
The TDO is about investing in the future of Australian music.
Our mission is simple; to bring together Australian musicians not employed fulltime in symphony orchestras to make fabulous music together in a unique and wonderful environment.