Dr Susan Collins


The Loft Project

Mark Shiell
Conductor in Residence, 2016

In 2016, the Newcastle Youth Orchestra presents Mark Shiell in a series of workshops with some of our young and upcoming conductors. Following these workshops, the students will take part in a public masterclass where they will showcase some of their new skills, under the mentoring of Mark Shiell. The masterclass musicians are members of the Newcastle Youth Orchestra. The students will also witness Mark conduct Newcaslte Youth Orchestra in concert, having prepared selected works from the workshops. In 2016, the project is made possible with the generous grant funding provided by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Gabrielle Cadenhead
Young Composer 2016

Gabrielle Cadenhead is a young composer and Novacastrian who will see a new work, Under the Stars premiered at Newcastle Youth Orchestra's final concert for 2016 on 2nd December. This work was the successful entry selected from a number of great new works by new and upcoming composers. Newcastle Youth Orchestra are excited to premiere this new work in our outdoor, family concert as it contributes to the festive nature of our concert. We are also deeply commited to nurturing the talents of commited, young musicians and composers.


Read about Gabrielle and the details behind her new work here.

Christopher Pantelidis and James Maher
Composers in Residence 2015

In 2015, local composers were challenged to write a work for orchestra that drew upon the themes, melodies or rhythms of Saint-Saen's Organ Symphony. The works of Christopher Pantelidis and and James Maher were successful in being selected, and were performed alongisde the Organ Symphony at Christ Church Cathedral Newcastle on September 12th, 2015.

William Jeffery
Composer in Residence 2014

In 2014, the Newcastle Youth Orchestra celebrated patriotism in a proms-style concert. This prompted its first commission of a young composer, William Jeffery,  who was given the task to composer a new work with a unique "Novacastrian" sound; "#NYOLO" came about as an 'in-joke' from the orchestra; the rest is history. This piece was premiered on September 13, 2014 at Harold Lobb Concert Hall, Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.