2019 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prodigy Project

2019 Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prodigy Project

Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be performing Sounds from the Deep at HOTA, Home of the Arts Gold Coast on Friday 27 September 2019. Selected students will have the opportunity to become an honorary member of Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade in the concert program.

In the lead up to the concert, Queensland Symphony Orchestra is inviting a number of Gold Coast secondary students to become involved in 2019 PRODIGY PROJECT HOTA Gold Coast.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra PRODIGY PROJECT gives advanced level young musicians, with an interest in orchestral music and orchestras, the opportunity to perform as an honorary member – Queensland Symphony Orchestra Prodigy – in a public concert. As part of the PRODIGY PROJECT students will be mentored by Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians, take part in rehearsals with a recognised professional conductor and perform on stage at the highest level.

STAGE 1 – NOMINATE TO AUDITION – due date for applications Friday 24 May 2019

Students considering applying to audition complete the application form and download the selected work and begin practice. The parts are available from Queensland Symphony Orchestra Education Liaison Officer on request. Students should listen to a recording for professional level tempi.

To be eligible to audition, the student MUST have the support of their instrumental music teacher.
The music teacher would select the students to audition based on their:
• Skill level and ability to play the provided part. An advanced level standard of playing would be expected
• Interest in the project and an interest in orchestras
• Availability to perform on date of concert
• Ability to take direction as part of a professional ensemble

Students should complete the application form, have it signed by their instrumental music teacher and parent and send to Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

STAGE 2 – AUDITION – June 2019

The auditions will take place on:
Date: 12 June 2019
Time: From 3.30pm (exact time for each applicant will be given)
Venue: HOTA Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road Surfers Paradise,
Audition length: up to 15 minutes (may also include advice and hint for continuing practice)

The panel will consist of a Queensland Symphony Orchestra musician/conductor and a member of the Education and Community Engagement team. Further details will be provided to the applicants.

In the audition the student will be required to prepare:
• A short piece of their own choosing. Excerpts only will be heard.
• Their part of the selected works.

Music is available here:
Mendelssohn Hebrides
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade 1st mvt.

Students have the opportunity to prepare either or both works. Wind and brass players should prepare the second part. Bowed parts will be forwarded to string applicants.
The student may also be asked to play excerpts from the selected works at different tempi, dynamics etc. or with different articulations on request.
Successful students will be notified in early July 2019.
Students selected via audition will be required to practice their parts to note-perfect status in readiness for their tutorial session, rehearsal and performance with Queensland Symphony Orchestra.


On Friday 27 September, the students will be welcomed to HOTA Home of the Arts for:
• One hour mentoring session with a Queensland Symphony Orchestra musician (early afternoon)
• One hour rehearsal with the Principal players of each section of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in a chamber ensemble with the Conductor.
• Participate in the general rehearsal with Queensland Symphony Orchestra prior to the concert on stage.
• Perform as an honorary member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Sounds of the Deep concert.

There are no fees or charges applicable to participating in Prodigy Project.
The Prodigy Project is supported by the HOTA Home of the Arts and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
To apply to be a part of the GOLD COAST PRODIGY PROJECT, please complete the online application form and ensure the form is signed by both parents and instrumental teacher.


Applications will be accepted for players of orchestral instruments – including violin 1 and 2, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp and orchestral percussion if there are students who attained the required standard.
Percussionists MUST be able to perform both tuned and un-tuned percussion.

Unfortunately we cannot accept applications from students of saxophone, keyboard instruments, drum kit or other non-orchestral instruments.

Please note that a limited number of positions will be available. The successful students will be expected to hold and perform the 2nd part in the respective woodwind and brass sections, serve as a member of the percussion section or sit inside desk to a Queensland Symphony Orchestra player in the string sections.

For more information please contact Pam Lowry.
Pam Lowry, Education Liaison Officer, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Phone: (07) 3833 5035
Email: pam.lowry@qso.com.au