UWA and WASO: New course embeds music students into professional orchestra


Professional musicians and outstanding post-graduate students will work side by side in a unique  masters degree program being launched by The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).

To bridge the gap between student life and a professional music career, this unique course blends research and professional performance experience. Students will be given direct access to WASO musicians through mentoring, individual lessons and professional performance opportunities sitting side by side with these exceptional players. This course is the only masters in orchestral performance with a research and practical component  offered in Australia.

The Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) is now open for application.

“This new course for aspiring orchestral musicians is the best in the country”, said Professor Alan Lourens, Head of UWA Conservatorium of Music. “It offers students complete immersion in one of the nation’s finest orchestras, and more flexibility of research in performance topics than any other postgrad course in Australia.”

“WASO is proud of its role as a leader in the development of the next generation of conductors, composers and musicians.” said Craig Whitehead, Chief Executive at WASO. “This is extremely important work and we are thrilled to partner with the outstanding UWA Con in delivering their masters students mentoring and side-by-side opportunities with the extraordinary musicians of WASO.”

About UWA

The University of Western Australia is a top 100 University. As one of Australia’s leading music programs in one of the world’s leading universities, UWA Conservatorium of Music aims to create the future leaders of the Arts community and make music accessible for everybody. The UWA Conservatorium of Music is currently ranked within the top 50 institutions worldwide and number one in WA for performing arts. The UWA Conservatorium aims to transform individuals to release their full creative potential and transform society through music. UWA Challenges students to be the future makers of the profession

About WASO

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is WA’s premier and largest performing arts organization with a strong reputation for inspiring and entertaining audiences, engaging communities and influencing the cultural life of WA through orchestral music since 1928. WASO’s vision is to be a world-class orchestra, on and off the concert stage, which inspires its artists and audience through the quality of its performances and deep commitment to and engagement with the WA community. WASO has the most comprehensive Education & Community Engagement program amongst cultural institutions in the country, delivering more than 500 performances, workshops, classes and masterclasses to over 30,000 participants and/or or audience members per annum. WASO’s dynamic and entertaining programs reach diverse audiences across the State and speak to the heart of our company missions to touch souls and enrich lives through music.

Students will be given direct access to WASO musicians through mentoring, individual lessons and professional performance opportunities sitting side by side. This course is the only orchestral masters by research offered in Australia.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sit onstage while the WASO plays with Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Asher Fisch conducting, to experience the Orchestra as the post-grad students will.





For further details please contact:

Luke Pownall, Public Relations Manager West Australian Symphony Orchestra Tel: (08) 9326 0061 Mob: 0400 748 552