Expression of Interest for WAYO’s upcoming interdisciplinary production

WAYO is now accepting Expressions of Interest for the first production of our interdisciplinary initiative, Merge.
[Applications close Monday 12 April, 5pm WST]

Combining the awesome force of our 107 piece flagship orchestra with an ensemble of dancers, this production brings two art forms together in a symbiotic exploration of movement and sonority. For this performance, home grown choreographer Scott Elstermann has been commissioned to create and direct a brand new dance work in direct collaboration with our orchestra. This is a paid opportunity – join the WA Youth Orchestra in performing live on the hallowed stage of Perth Concert Hall for our most exciting adventure yet.

Choreographer | Director
Scott Elstermann

An award-winning dancer and choreographer, 2020 WA Young Achiever of the Year for Arts and Culture, and youngest-ever international recipient (and only Australian) of the prestigious Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography, Scott Elstermann has a demonstrated history of creating vibrant and innovative dance works that inspire and delight. He has performed for the Merce Cunningham Trust as well as some of Australia’s leading dance artists including Lucy Guerin Inc., Stephanie Lake Company, Natalie Allen, Annette Carmichael, Shona Erskine, Brooke Leeder & Dancers and Melbourne collective Alice Will Caroline. In 2020, Scott won Best Performer (Male) and Best New Work (‘Act 2, Scenes 1-4’) at the Performing Arts WA Awards. His work ‘Act 2, Scenes 1-4’ was also a finalist for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance’ at the nationally recognised Australian Dance Awards. Read more

Western Australian Youth Orchestra

The orchestra has a deserved reputation as one of the finest youth orchestras in Australia. In reaching live annual audiences of over 30,000, WAYO plays an important role and continues to thrive within Western Australia’s cultural scene. WAYO presents an innovative and accessible concert program, ranging from Concert Hall blockbusters, special outdoor performances and our ever popular children and education concerts. Alongside these activities, WAYO enjoys a committed international touring schedule, as well as playing a key role in many major festivals and events. In 2012 WAYO was also the first youth orchestra in the world to perform with Maestro Ennio Morricone in a sell-out performance at Burswood/Crown Theatre for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival (one of the most successful in PIAF’s history). In 2016 WAYO was the featured orchestra in the 2016 PIAF opening Home to an audience of 30,000. The orchestra has previously performed at large major scale outdoor concerts around Perth, including collaborations with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, music theatre star, Lucy Durack, jazz vocalist, Grace Knight, and iconic pop band, The Whitlams, as well as the Joondalup Resort and Leeuwin Estate Concert Series’. Read more

About this opportunity

This production will include a two-week paid workshop period and a performance at Perth Concert Hall.

Workshop Period

  • Dates: Monday 28 June – Friday 9 July
  • Rehearsals: to be scheduled weekdays between the hours of 10am – 5pm
  • Venue: King St Arts Centre & Perth Concert Hall

Saturday 10 July, 7:30pm
Venue: Perth Concert Hall

$1500.00 (inclusive of super)


  • Tertiary dance graduate or equivalent
  • Excellent musicality
  • Strong contemporary dance foundation
  • No age limit


  • 1 page CV
  • Link to a current showreel (3 – 5 minutes duration)

Monday 12 April, 5pm WST
Applicants will be notified of result by Friday 23 April COB

Expression of Interest

Applications for this program are now closed. Thank you for your interest!

Need assistance?

Get in touch with WAYO’s Sponsorship & Development Manager, Rebecca Erin Smith.
Composer, educator, and performer from Perth WA, Rebecca is a strong proponent for diverse representation in the music industry and is ambassador for this project. You can reach her here, or on (08)9328 9859 during office hours.