Hi WAYO members, parents, and guardians,

Welcome to WAYO 2023! We’re really excited for what is going to be a fun and exciting year.

The members area online is where you will find orchestra lists and WBP rostering, rehearsal schedules, and most importantly PRACTICE PARTS!!!

The members area is a general area for all members. Specific information for each group can be found using the Orchestra Resources section. Click the links under your orchestra group and you will be directed to your ensemble’s relevant documents. Please check here for regular updates.

The first rehearsal is Saturday 11 February 9am – 12pm, at Callaway Auditorium UWA.

It is expected that everyone arrives by 8:45am at the latest and is warmed up and tuned before we begin at 9am. The room is usually set and available at least 30mins before rehearsals begin, so feel free to arrive early to get set.

Percussion is required to arrive around 8:15am (can be from 8am if the percussion setup is large or complex). Please discuss between yourselves your regular arrival time and share the setup requirements. Please all help pack away at the end as well, depending on rostering and schedule.

If you are running late, please email, text, or call me so I can pass apologies on to the conductor and your section. If you are friends with your section, please still let me know, even if you contact them as well of your absence/late arrival.

For rehearsals, don’t forget to bring your 2B pencil and any accessories you need – double basses you will need to byo stool please. WAYO will provide music stands, music, and chairs.

If you are unable to make a rehearsal, please let me (Breanna – breanna.evangelista@wayo.com.au) know asap (even if it’s months ahead I will keep notes), with at least 24hours notice if possible. Being told early of absences helps me plan ahead to make sure we use our limited rehearsal time in the most efficient way possible.

Due to the size of the groups and limited space inside all our rehearsal rooms, we appreciate that only playing members enter the rehearsal rooms and parents farewell their rising stars at the door. We have experienced staff that can assist with tuning or setting up their instrument, so please ask for any assistance if required.

The 3 main concerts for WAYO this year are as follows:

Season 1: Sunday May 28 – 5pm at Perth Concert Hall

Jon Tooby is conducting Season 1. WAYO will be performing Prokofiev Symphony No.5, Bernstein Candide Overture, and The Djari Project Miyapunu with guest artist Guwanbal Gurruwiwi.

https://vimeo.com/474264210 – Video of DSO performing with The Djari Project. The arrangement may be slightly different for us. We’re waiting for music to be sent.

Season 2: Saturday July 8 – 7:30pm at Perth Concert Hall

Benjamin Northey will be conducting Season 2. WAYO will be performing Respighi Pines of Rome, Stravinsky Firebird 1919, Powell How to Train Your Dragon Suite, Zimmer Kung Fu Panda Suite: Oogway Ascends, J Williams Flight to Neverland and Anna Meredith Nautilus.

Season 3: Sunday 1 October – 5pm at Perth Concert Hall

Peter Moore will be conducting Season 3. Concert repertoire is TBC.

Specific rehearsal schedules for the whole year can be found online! WOW! So much advance notice for my diary you say!

This is the 3rd year of the Woodside sponsorship program which funds WASO to perform a concert side-by-side with WAYO and provide sectionals throughout the year.

  • Please check your rehearsal schedule to find out when the 3 sectionals with WASO will be. All Strings, Wind, Brass, Percussion are involved in the sectionals with WASO, and the WASO musicians will be working on the repertoire from your WAYO Season concert.
  • The side-by-side performance with WASO will be Friday 24 March 7:30pm at Perth Concert Hall. This will involve select members from WAYO. Orchestra lists will be issued shortly for this concert. The repertoire for this concert is Roger SMALLEY Diptych (Homage to Brian Blanchflower), Claude DEBUSSY La Mer, Modest MUSSORGSKY orch. RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition.

WAYO will be performing 2 sets of Babies Proms (August and December), Peter and the Wolf, and a Christmas Concert this year. Performance dates are still TBC, so I will let you know asap once the schedules are confirmed.

See you all soon,