AWO professional players are in a good position to pass on life experiences, audition techniques, and general career advice. Mentoring takes place in a number of ways whenever the orchestra convenes.

Whenever possible, AWO will team with students to perform a short work. Young musicians are seated alongside professional AWO players to gain insight into performing with a professional orchestra, and develop relationships with the professionals in the section.

During the AWO tour to India in 2015, students from the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation in Mumbai (MMMF) performed Haydn’s Toy Symphony to a sold out audience under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta. This programme was proudly supported by the Macquarie Foundation.

AWO members regularly take part in panel discussions with groups of students or young musicians to talk openly about their careers and life experiences, as well as taking questions from the floor.

In 2015 during the AWO tour to India, double bassist Timothy Dunin and AWO Academy cellist, Sam Payne spoke with students in Chennai; and in New Delhi, concert master, Natalie Chee, visited students to discuss her life as a musician and to pass on advice and insights into starting their professional careers. Both these visits were supported by Austrade.

Gaining access to an AWO rehearsal is an experience like no other. To have the opportunity to watch an orchestra work together under the batons of some of the world’s great conductors is often like being part of the audience in a masterclass.

Trialed in 2014 and 2015, young flautist Chloe Li Chung was teamed with AWO member, Alison Mitchell, in Sydney and Edinburgh for a one-on-one mentoring opportunity. An ongoing programme to provide AYO and ANAM students with these valuable connections to AWO professional players is in development.

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