We have a fantastic new MUSICAL DIRECTOR, MARK SHIELL.
See his website here https://markshiell.wixsite.com/conductor
Mark’s experience includes a great deal of community and youth orchestra work both in terms of conducting/artistic directorship and development. Currently I am also conducting the Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra, Geelong Youth Orchestra (which I helped create), Orchestra Geelong and the Victorian Regional Orchestra. I have worked in Australia, Japan and China with youth orchestras at local and national levels.
Our Youth(ful) Orchestra has been continuing to meet at the Bairnsdale Hub (when COVID regulations allow). Connecting to Mark’s fun, friendly expertise via zoom as Mark is based in Melbourne, and visits when possible.
Kieran Brown, who is undergoing conducting training with Mark, leads the orchestra in the room, under Mark’s direction.
This has allowed us to continue our music making and connections with each other.
The improvement in skills and support between musicians has grown enormously.
PLEASE JOIN US !!
The orchestra has very young children playing alongside people in their 80s. We have ex-professional musicians and comm unity musicians playing and helping young kids.
We seek to meet people where they are and finds ways to involve everybody. We are always careful to make what we do is accessible for new members. Sometimes this means creating special parts and having help close by in rehearsal. The program focuses on people and not just on music.
We are very mindful that we want to actively help people to achieve their best and in so doing we support their well-being and sense of achievement. This also serves the music and provides an opportunity for the community to engage in the unique cultural world of the orchestra.