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WA Youth Orchestras are inviting young voices to apply to join us in bringing a unique, impactful, and historically vital work to the Western Australian stage! Lead by Australias best and brightest in music and theatre, WAYO is giving you the chance to rehearse and perform a high-profile work in Perth Concert Hall. Best of all, there is no fee to audition or participate in this production. 

Jandamarra, Sing for the Country (Ngalanybarra Muwayi.u)

Jandamarra, Sing for the Country (Ngalanybarra Muwayi.u) is a large scale musical work involving a full orchestra, three youth choirs, soloists, and an indigenous ensemble of musicians and actors from the Bunuba People. An epic tale set in the dramatic landscape of the central Kimberley, Jandamarra tells the story of an Indigenous Western Australian warrior and leader of the Bunuba resistance of the 1800s.

A momentous undertaking, this two-show performance on Perth Concert Hall’s hallowed stage will be the Western Australian premiere of a landmark Australian composition. Coinciding with NAIDOC week, and the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages (UNESCO), Jandamarra, Sing for the Country provides young WA musicians the once-in-a-lifetime experience of preparing and premiering an important indigenous work in a high-profile performance setting. Co-authored by the Bunuba People, this work serves as a significant statement in the preservation of Australian Indigenous languages. WAYO have a longstanding focus on youth cultural exchange, facilitating education and understanding through cultural and musical enrichment. We are excited about this unique opportunity for prospective choir members to learn and perform in the native Bunuba language!

Who is involved

With a stellar team of Australia’s finest music and theatre professionals, Jandamarra is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget.

COMPOSED BY Paul Stanhope (leading Australian composer)
CONDUCTED BY Benjamin Northey (Chief Conductor of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra)
DIRECTED BY Phil Thomson (one of Australia’s leading theatre directors)
WRITTEN & PRODUCED BY Steve Hawke with the Bunuba People


Applicants must be:
» between the ages of 8 – 35
» have experience reading and performing choral music (novice, intermediate, or advanced level)
» be available for all rehearsals and performances listed below

Children’s Choir (ages 8 – 15)
9 rehearsals + production week
rehearsal schedule

Tuesday 7 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 14 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 21 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 28 May 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 4 June 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 11 June 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 18 June 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 25 June 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Tuesday 2 July 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Monday 8 July 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday 10 July 6pm – 9pm
Thursday 11 July 6pm – 9pm
Friday 12 July 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 13 July
Sunday 14 July 

Large SATB Choir (ages 15 – 35)
7 rehearsals + production week
rehearsal schedule

Thursday 23 May 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 30 May 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 6 June 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 13 June 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 20 June 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 27 June 7pm – 9pm
Thursday 4 July 7pm – 9pm
Monday 8 July 7pm – 9pm
Wednesday 10 July 6pm – 9pm
Thursday 11 July 6pm – 9pm
Friday 12 July 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 13 July
Sunday 14 July 

What’s required in the audition?

There are two parts to the audition:
– Aural skills (including a short sight-singing excerpt)
– A song of your own choice (pre-prepared by you)

Audition Date

Dates TBA

How to apply

Simply fill out an application form and we will be in touch! Apply Now