Western Australian Youth Orchestras (WAYO)

OBJECTIVES: To ensure the smooth running of rehearsals, performances and auditions throughout the year and ongoing effective liaison with music staff, members and their parent/s. Also, to undertake general administration within the WAYO office across many areas of WAYO’s output.

BASIS: 4 days per week (3.3 days per week in office + 0.7 Saturday morning rehearsals)
SALARY: $50,000 per annum pro rata, (three-month probationary period) plus statutory superannuation. Salary rate is reviewed annually.
HOURS: 32.5 hours per week (4 days per week), however time off in lieu is accrued for additional work outside standard business hours and Saturday mornings
LEAVE: 4 weeks / 20 working days per annum, pro rata
LOCATION: 82 Beaufort, Perth and WAYO rehearsal venues (Saturday mornings)
REPORTING TO: Executive Director and Sponsorship & Development Manager

Established in 1974, Western Australian Youth Orchestras (WAYO) has a long history of outstanding results in delivering innovative and successful music programs to young people throughout Western Australia. WAYO has significant corporate, governmental and community stakeholders and partnerships that facilitate its activity and cement its place as an integral part of the Western Australian community.
Following a decade of unprecedented growth and stability, as well as a restructure of its small team, WAYO is seeking an outstanding individual to fill this position, due to the current Operations Manager being promoted to a different role within WAYO.
The Operations Manager is responsible for coordinating and managing the daily running of the operations of WAYO, with particular regard to rehearsal and concert management.
Duties mainly include (but are not limited to):
→ Management of WAYO’s ensembles with responsibility for the management of concert operations, rehearsals and auditions
→ Work with conductors, guest artists, tutors, parents and members to ensure a high standard of service delivery and efficient rehearsal and concert operations
→ General administration within the WAYO office across many areas of WAYO’s output

Applicants must be available on Saturday mornings between 730am and 1230pm during rehearsals, typically during the school term. Also, it is expected that the Operations Manager must be available for all WAYO concerts.
This position suits a highly motivated individual who feels comfortable working with young people aged 7 to 25, parents, conductors and other music staff, and manage a small team of casual operations staff. This represents an excellent opportunity for an individual wishing to gain ongoing experience in the field of arts management as part of a small team environment.

To apply, all applicants must address the selection criteria in the pdf document.

JOB DESCRIPTION WAYO Operations Manager 2018

Please submit all applications and enquiries via email to

Ben Burgess
Executive Director, WA Youth Orchestras
No agencies please.
All applicants and enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Application close: 5pm Thursday 3 May 2018


The Western Australian Youth Orchestras Association (Inc.) is a not-for-profit Association dedicated to musical excellence.

Founded in Perth, in 1974, the Association has enriched and diversified music practice in Australia, which in recent year has been through the delivery of six ensembles which now include the Western Australian Youth Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Collegium and Sinfonietta String Orchestras,  the award-winning Flute Choir and South West Youth Strings ensembles. WA Youth Orchestras’ 400 members are aged from 8 to 24 and are drawn from all parts of Western Australia. The Association regularly reaches live audiences in excess of 40,000 per annum.

In 2014 we celebrated 40 years of WAYO, and we wish to acknowledge the thousands of young musicians who have developed musically, personally and socially through their orchestral training with the various WAYO ensembles.

Conductors and tutors are drawn from the ranks of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, and the Classical Music Department at the WA Academy of Performing Arts.

Within WAYO’s six orchestras and ensembles, we offer an extensive range of opportunities for young musicians based on their skill level and experience. All of WAYO’s ensembles are directed such that they give members the opportunity to grow as orchestral musicians by developing skills which will prepare them for more advanced ensembles in the future. The guidance from conductors and artistic staff see a number of our young beginner members continuing on up through ensembles to perform at a tertiary level within the WA Youth Orchestra as young adults.

To become a member of one of our ensembles, students audition every year in November. Audition information and application forms are available for download from the Auditions page from mid-August each year, and also upon request from the WAYO office.

We are supported by our Corporate Sponsors and Partners and generous individuals. If you would like to know more about supporting our ongoing activities and exciting future projects, please visit our Donations page.

Our Mission

To provide quality musical training and performance opportunities for young musicians to enrich their lives and the cultural development of the Western Australian community.


We aim to offer quality musical experiences through unique performance opportunities, thereby creating an environment in which young people can achieve their musical potential by:


The Association employs quality musicians of national standing as conductors for all ensembles. In addition, tutors are drawn from the ranks of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the University of Western Australia, and the Classical Music Department at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, and therefore offer tutorial assistance at the highest possible artistic level. Further, conductors of international standard are regularly sought.

Concerts are staged in quality venues such as the Perth Concert Hall, and repertoire, including commissioned Australian works, is carefully selected to offer the maximum educational and performance benefits to players across all ensembles. The Association is also flexible and designs its performance strategies to meet the needs of the occasion, players and the audience.

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