SYDNEY University has settled on a different way to recruit new talent – by touring the South Coast.
The students from the Sydney University Wind Orchestra are on a four-day tour of the South Coast, visiting primary schools in Nowra, Nowra Hill and St Georges Basin.
Surprisingly, very few of the musicians are actually studying music, with the students representing a range of degrees from teaching, science, English and the arts.
In an interactive concert, the orchestra chose to play an hour-long session at each of the primary schools, with students given the opportunity to conduct and guess some of the instruments being played.
Although 26 musicians joined the tour, back at their Sydney University base, the orchestra consists of 40 students.
It recently won the state Band Championships (B-grade), a feat musician Emma Campbell said they were all really proud of.
“We have really improved over the course of the year and have been pushed to try new things,” she said.
By touring, the musicians hope to educate younger students about music and encourage them to pick up an instrument.
“It’s really important to connect with the community and give the opportunity to kids who might not have experienced anything like this before,” said Ms Stern.