Hi Philharmonic Orchestra members, parents, and guardians,

Welcome to Philharmonic 2024! We’re really excited for what is going to be a fun and exciting year.

The conductor for first semester is Dale Pointon. The conductor for second semester is Sara Duhig.

The first rehearsal is Saturday 10 February 9am – 12pm, at Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA (Building 1, 2 Bradford Street, Mt Lawley – maps attached.)

It is expected that everyone arrives by 8:45am at the latest and is warmed up and tuned before we begin at 9am.

Percussion, please aim to arrive around 8:15am to start your percussion set up. Please all help and share the setup and pack down requirements, depending on rostering and schedule.

Please use the seating area in the auditorium to unpack your cases and keep your bags as there is limited room on the stage floor.

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.

Rehearsal rooms will be a NO PHONE ZONE this year. Please do not use your mobile phone during rehearsal. You may use your phone at break time.

There will be a 20-minute break on regular Saturday rehearsals. Please feel free to bring a snack/drink to have at break time. Please put all rubbish in bins at the venue and do not eat inside the rehearsal rooms.

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.

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 us 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 2 main concerts for Philharmonic this year are as follows:

  • Saturday 8 June – Newman College Marist Auditorium
  • Saturday 26 October – Newman College Marist Auditorium

Specific rehearsal schedules for the whole year can be found online!

Philharmonic will also be performing a Babies Proms this year in August.

All members are eligible for a FREE MEMBER TICKET to any Perth Concert Hall concert that the senior WA Youth Orchestra is performing. The concerts available for this offer are Saturday 1 June 7:30pm, Saturday 13 July 7:30pm, and Sunday 14 July 5pm. More information regarding how to access your free member ticket will be sent once the concerts go on sale.

We can’t wait to see you soon, so go online, check out the seating lists, and start practicing!!!!