The AWO is dedicated to inspiring our youth through a strong belief that stoking the fire of their passion for music will potentially encourage them to pursue a career in the industry, and continue the cycle of cultural enrichment that we are so passionate about ourselves.

One of our most engaging programmes is our offering of masterclasses to music students each concert period when our players return home to rebirth the phoenix that is the Australian World Orchestra.




The AWO’s 2019 masterclass & tutorial series inspired and enriched the development of young players from the Melbourne Youth Orchestra (MYO) and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM). Masterclasses for the MYO and MCM were held at the Melba Hall in July, conducted by AWO players:

  • Tim Dunin – Bass
  • Sally Clarke – Viola
  • Casey Rippon – Horn
  • Michael Brooks-Reid – Violin

AWO also gave two aspiring conducting students the rare opportunity to experience a world class conductor and orchestra in rehearsals at Iwaki Auditorium and Hamer Hall.


When the AWO visited Canberra for the first time, 40 young musicians from the Regional Youth Orchestra (RYO) and Music for Canberra (MFC) spent a day with AWO musicians at Ainslie Arts Centre for tutorials and workshops on Sibelius: Finlandia and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (3rd and 4th movements).

AWO Mentors:

  • Tony Bedewi – Timpani and Percussion
  • Andra Darzins – Viola
  • Max McBride – Bass
  • Alison Mitchell – Flute and Piccolo
  • Peter Morrison – Cello
  • Emily Newham – Horn
  • Tahlia Petrosian – Violin
  • Shannon Pittaway – Trombone
  • Lyndon Watts – Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon

These classes are invaluable for the students’ professional and personal development. Learning from and playing with world-class players, is a dream for aspiring young musicians and the AWO is passionate about turning these dreams into reality. The chance to inspire and empower the next generation of classical musicians and perpetuate the great tradition of Australian representation in the world’s best orchestras is an opportunity we are proud to be a part of.


Since 2014 the AWO has performed side by side with the RYO students and they have developed a full workshop programme, including masterclasses as outlined above and a performance in Sydney where the RYO and AWO shared the stage of City Recital Hall, Angel Place on July 30, 2019. Working with AWO Cellist Peter Morrison (Danish National Symphony Orchestra) the RYO Quintet performed Aleksandr Glasunov’s String Quintet Op. 39, 3rd movement to open the evening’s performance.

RYO Quartet and AWO cellist Peter Morrison, City Recital Hall, 2019


In previous years the AWO has conducted masterclasses and tutorials during every concert period including during tours to India and Singapore.



Video of Robert Nairn conducting a Double Bass Masterclass with AYO students at the Sydney Opera House in 2015.