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.

The 2018 Masterclass series in 2018 culminated in a spectacular concert performed by a joint orchestra of the NSW RYO and AWO players on the stage of the Concert Hall at the Sydney Opera House.

The RYO concert 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, providing these young regional musicians with a life-enriching experience.


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.

The 2018 Symposia saw AWO professional players sharing their experiences, audition techniques and career advice and opened up the floor to questions for 40 RYO students, from 17 NSW regional conservatoriums.


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.

Musicians of the AYO, RYO and MYO together with conducting students from the Conservatorium of Music and 120 music students from 6 schools were invited to attend general rehearsals in Sydney and Melbourne in 2018.

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 the world-renowned Maestro Riccardo Muti at work, who delivered valuable insights and instruction to the players and the fortuitous observers. One lucky conducting student was even invited on stage by Maestro Muti to conduct the AWO during general rehearsal. An experience that will no doubt have great influence on his understanding of music and conducting and will be something that stays with him for the rest of his life.