1 month left to join the AMEB Online Orchestra!

1 month left to join the AMEB Online Orchestra!

There is just less than a month left to submit your AMEB Online Orchestra entry. Orchestra conductor and ambassador, Jessica Gethin and her kids show you just how easy it is to enter Australia’s largest virtual orchestra.


Your #AMEBOnlineOrchestra2019 conductor Jessica Gethin – Conductor and her little helpers show you how easy it is to join Australia’s largest virtual orchestra!Hurry – entries close on August 16thbit.ly/AMEB_OnlineOrchestra2019

Posted by AMEB on Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

Meet your Online Orchestra conductor, Jessica Gethin

What do you love best about being a conductor?

I have always loved the symphonic sound of an orchestra, however as a violinist, I saw only one part of the work, a little like an artist painting with the one colour. When I started conducting, seeing the whole score opened up a new world of ideas and sounds for me to shape, mould, drive and build upon. I began to see the entire work and it’s architecture, with all it’s many possibilities – like an artist with an endless palette of colours and tools! I love being able to get inside a composition and bring out all the finer details, and enjoy collaborating with the musicians, enabling them to bring a piece to life.

What does the song I am Australian mean to you?

I’m really proud to be Australian and find this song captures so beautifully what we love about our country. From depicting our dry, red and dusty landscape and humble dreamtime beginnings, to embracing and celebrating the diversity of the people that call Australia home. It resonates with me as I travel overseas a lot for my conducting, so a sense of belonging and place is important. I also think the lyrics ‘We are one, but we are many, and from all the lands on earth we come’ are as relevant to Australia today as ever; it’s the perfect song choice for this year’s project.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?

Nothing too strange! I travel a lot for my concerts so try to keep a bit of routine in my concert day; a big breakfast and some exercise followed by a quiet look over the scores. I always have a good stretch backstage and quite oddly always polish off an apple or two at interval!

Did you ever complete any AMEB exams? 

Absolutely! Like many of my colleagues I sat several AMEB exams in both violin and theory. In my teaching days I had lots of students sit the exams and now my own two children are working towards their first, so feel like I have been around AMEB all my life!

Do you have any advice for your 2019 Online Orchestra members?

I’d love to encourage everyone to have a go! Think outside the box and have some fun with it, with some careful preparation and practice you could film in some really creative locations showcasing the whole of Australia. You could also pull together a group of friends from school to do a group entry or perhaps get the whole family on board for a family entry, so many possibilities!


Check out Jessica’s website for more info and to see where she’s conducting next!

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A message from returning artists the Thornbill Quartet from WA

A message from returning artists the Thornbill Quartet from WA

The Thornbill Quartet from Western Australia had a great time recording their entry for the AMEB Online Orchestra in 2018. They are joining the orchestra again in 2019 and are inviting you too.




Here’s their 2018 Online Orchestra entry.


Thank you so much to the Thornbill Quartet from Yokine in WA for this amazing string quartet entry. Don’t they sound brilliant!If you'd like to be a part of our Online Orchestra click the link below to find out how. bit.ly/AMEBOnlineOrchestraSubmissions close on Wednesday, July 18.

Posted by AMEB on Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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How to record a great Online Orchestra video

How to record a great Online Orchestra video

How to record a great Online Orchestra video

Putting together all your wonderful videos is a big job! Our video editor has some tips for you so you can create an awesome video. If you follow all of these tips your video is more likely to be featured in the final mix.


Show off your part of Australia!

We would love to see you performing in a place that’s special to you. It may be in your school or garden or perhaps in front of a local landmark. Use your imagination. We are more likely to feature your video in the final performance if it shows a uniquely Australian setting or an interesting location.


Check the conditions

Make sure the conditions for recording are good. If you’re outside, make sure there is not too much wind or background noise. If you’re inside make sure the lighting is bright.


Don’t forget the click track

If you are an individual entrant, make sure you’ve got a pair of headphones so you can listen to the click track while recording your video.

If you are an ensemble, make sure your conductor or leader has a pair of headphones so they can listen to the click track. If you don’t play in time with the click track we will not be able to use your recording.


Time to tune

Tune your instrument/s to the tone provided at the beginning of the click track. It is A=440.


Keep still!

Keep the camera still and focussed on one view. A still image is much easier for us to include in our final film. Use a tripod if you have access to one, if not try these DIY tripod ideas. If you do move the camera from one view to another, stay on each view for at least 10 seconds.


Have a test run

Do a test recording to make sure the sound and image quality is good.


Saving your recording

Save your video or audio file. Any file type and size is okay with us. If you wish to save it as a YouTube video (unlisted only please), we will accept YouTube links as well.


Big no no’s

Don’t wear any clothing with obvious branding. We will not be able to use any video with overt advertising in it (school uniform and banners are acceptable).

Don’t include any inappropriate content. We will not use your video if this is the case.


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Your step-by-step guide to entering the AMEB Online Orchestra 2019

Your step-by-step guide to entering the AMEB Online Orchestra 2019

Anyone can enter the AMEB Online Orchestra! Follow the steps below to be a part of the largest virtual orchestra Australia has ever seen.


Step 1:  Download the parts you want to play

Simply click on the PDF link, print it out, put it on your tablet and share the parts with your ensemble.


Step 2:  Download the Click Track

The click track is SUPER important! It makes sure we all play in time and that the final video of the orchestra playing together sounds amazing. Make sure you practice along with the click track by yourself or with your ensemble.


Step 3:  Practise makes perfect!

Yup, it’s true! Add in I am Australian to your practice schedule so when you come to recording your video you will hopefully be able to get it done in one take.

Need to reinvigorate your practice sessions? Why not check out our top 10 practice tips?


Step 4: Record your video and upload it via the entry page

You can record on any camera or device but make sure you follow our tips for recording a great video, so our video editor doesn’t cry. (link to article)


Step 5: Stay in touch

We’ll be sharing entrant videos, stories, and details of the official video launch on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and email. Make sure you give us a like, follow, or subscribe to stay in the loop!

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