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.


The AWO love teaming up with students to perform short works on big stages. 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.

Since 2014 the AWO has performed side by side with the RYO students each concert season and they have developed a full 3 day workshop programme, including masterclasses and side-beside performances in the Sydney Opera House and the City Recital Hall, Angel Place where the RYO and AWO share the stage.

In 2019, working with AWO Cellist Peter Morrison (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), the RYO formed the RYO Quintet and performed Aleksandr Glasunov’s String Quintet Op. 39, 3rd movement to open the evening’s performance at City Recital Hall on July 30.

AWO cellist Peter Morrison side-by-side with RYO students, July 30, City Recital Hall, Sydney


In 2018 the RYO side-by-side concert with the AWO was an exhilarating performance of Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 and the modern Australian piece XPT by Natalie Williams, conducted by Patrick Brennan and Graham Sattler in the Concert Hall at Sydney Opera House, providing these young regional musicians with a life-enriching experience.

When the AWO toured India in September 2018, students from the Melhi Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF) rehearsed and performed side-by-side with AWO players at Tata Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai. For some of those students it was their first performance for an audience and an experience that will inspire them for the rest of their lives.


The AWO regularly presents panel discussions with our players for groups of student musicians to talk openly about their careers and life experiences, as well as taking questions from the floor.


Gaining access to an AWO rehearsal is a great experience for aspiring musicians and music students. To have the opportunity to watch an orchestra work together under the batons of some of the world’s great conductors is a rare experience.

In 2019 conducting students in Melbourne were invited to the AWO rehearsals at Iwaki Auditorium and Hamer Hall to witness first hand a world class conductor and orchestra behind the scenes.

This once in a lifetime opportunity exposed them to the energy and rigor that goes into rehearsing a world-class orchestra. It also granted rare access to witness internationally renowned conductor Alexander Briger at work, who delivered valuable insights and instruction to the players and the fortuitous observers. An experience that will no doubt have great influence on their understanding of music and conducting and will be something that stays with them for the rest of their lives.