Interactive Proms Concert Gets Young Kids Involved in Music

Mums, dads, brothers and sisters alike poured into the ORC auditorium last Saturday morning for a special interactive treat, hosted by the Orange Youth Orchestra and conducted by Prem Love.

Parents and kids joined the orchestra onstage to play and sing along, helping out with the actions and sounds accompanying pieces such as the Barber of Seville and What’s Up at the Symphony.

OYO members performed their own short little musical pieces throughout the show recognizable from famous children’s TV shows, video games and movies, including Harry Potter, Star Wars and Super Mario Brothers – with costumes to go along with their selection.

Kids were even shown how to use some of the instruments and make interesting sounds, including how to blow into a trumpet, hitting the drums and seagull noises on a violin.

Golden Guitar winner visits the ORC for two day song writing workshop


DSC_0436Acclaimed musician and two time golden guitar winner Mike Carr lent his knowledge and expertise to the kids of the ORC today as part of a two day song writing course. With help from local musician Kyle Manning, the two artists explained some of the techniques needed to be a successful, as well as professional lyricist.

“I think great songs come from how you feel. Ability is important, but it’s all about passion,” Mr. Carr said.

Mr Carr has worked with various famous artists in the music industry, from country musicians such as Graeme Connors to the likes of Jessica Mauboy.

The kids were eager to learn with pen and paper in hand as they were taught one of the world’s oldest talents, which Mr Carr says has changed very little in structure throughout the last century.

“Everyone has an attachment to music, and everyone loves it in some capacity. Even large blockbuster movies would be nothing without good music to bring out the emotion and drama,” Mr Carr said.

Super Mario Kart!

ORC Music Director, Donna Riles, presents two of our students, Will Harper and Luka Mihalich on ABC radio. This audio clip is a snippet of what to expect at the Toddlers Proms Concert on Saturday 20th June at 10am.

Fun, Games and Music at the Toddlers Proms this Weekend

Bring your kids to the Orange Regional Conservatorium this Saturday the 20th of June for an hour and a half of music and fun with the Orange Youth Orchestra.

OYO players will be engaging with pre-school and early school aged children, introducing them to the world of music with interactive activities, costumes, sing-alongs and even their own instruments to play.

The youngsters will be entertained with some familiar songs, including orchestral pieces from Looney Tunes. Kids can come dressed up as one of their favourite characters from a cartoon show, book or story.

Parents and grandparents are also encouraged to come along and enjoy the fun.

The Toddlers Proms kicks off at 10am and finishes at 11:30am. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and free entry for kids. We hope to see you there!

Winter Workshops


Our Winter Workshops have been announced!

Jump in on a Jazz Improvisation class, learn the guitar, the violin, test your song writing skills with Mike Carr….the list goes on!

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