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Freya Swarbrick (violin)UWA Elite String Program

Accelerate! is UWA's new elite string training program designed for string players in years 10-12, who are looking to take their playing to the next level!

Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with acclaimed educator and Head of Strings Suzanne Wijsman and UWA Artist in Residence and Concertmaster of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Shaun Lee-Chen, as well as some very special guests!

The program will culminate in a performance 'Baroque Beauties' with the UWA Chamber Orchestra and International soprano Rachelle Durkin at Government House Ballroom on 20 August.

Places are strictly limited and entry is via audition. Full scholarships are provided so there is no cost to participants. 

Who is the program for?

String students (Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass) in years 10-12, who are currently performing at AMEB Grade 7 or above (or equivalent). The program is ideal for those undertaking WACE/ATAR Music, although enrolment in those programs is not essential. 

What type of activities will I taking part in?

The program will run from 28 July - 10 September and will include a wide-range of practical activities including rehearsals alongside UWA Music students, workshops and masterclasses where participants will receive expert individualised input on string performance, performance skills and general musicianship. Participants will also be encouraged to attend relevant performances held at the Conservatorium of Music.


Performance Workshops with UWA String Staff, Suzie Wijsman & Shaun Lee-Chen

28 July, 11 & 25 August, 1 September (4-5.15pm)

Masterclass with WASO Concertmaster Laurence Jackson (optional)

31 July (4.30-6.30pm) 

Fridays@5 Events (optional)

11, 18 & 25 August (5.30-6.30pm)

UWA Chamber Orchestra Special Performance Project: Baroque Beauties with Rachelle Durkin, soprano

Rehearsals: 15 & 16 August (5-8pm) and 18 August (2-4pm)

Concert (Government House Ballroom): 20 August (4pm) 

Ace Your WACE Performance Workshop (optional for Yr 12 students)

10 September (10am-2pm)

How to apply 

Applicants will need to:

Applications should be emailed to by Thursday 29 June, 2017

Auditions will take place on Saturday 1 July (ad-hoc auditions can be arranged)

UWA String Orchestra led by Artist in Residence Shaun Lee-Chen