Advanced musicians are invited to join the Summer School Symphonic Wind Band, led by conductor and educator Rob Williams (Education Outreach Clinician, Yamaha Music Australia). This ensemble will bring together 60 of Victoria’s best young wind, brass and percussion players who understand why band music is exciting to play, and challenge themselves beyond their existing participation in school or community bands.
Those who are accepted into this high-standard ensemble will develop advanced rehearsal skills supported by our team of tutors. This is a chance to play in a band with all instruments represented, full sections, and demanding repertoire, reserved for the most elite ensembles.
|STANDARD||*AMEB Grade 7+|
|AGE||13 years +|
|INSTRUMENTS||Flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, double bass|
*NOTE: AMEB levels indicated are not a formal requirement, but are provided as a guide to the skills required.
PROF. ROB MCWILLIAMS
Symphonic Wind Band Conductor
Born and raised in Melbourne, Prof. Rob McWilliams holds a Ph. D. in Music from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Florida State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Melbourne. Dr. McWilliams served as Professor of Music and Director of Bands and Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (USA) from 1996 to 2014 where he conducted symphonic and jazz ensembles, and taught courses in conducting, music education, and jazz. From 2011 he also served as Head of the Music Department.
Prof. McWilliams has traveled extensively as a guest conductor and clinician and has conducted and presented at major music conferences in all states of Australia as well as Japan, Hong Kong, the UK, Singapore, Europe, and China, including conferences of the World Association of Symphonic Bands & Ensembles and the Tutti International Youth Music Festival.
Prof. McWilliams has been published in peer-reviewed professional publications and is a composer/arranger with Alfred’s Music. In early 2015 he relocated to Brisbane, Australia and is currently working as Yamaha Music Australia’s Education Outreach Clinician and freelancing as a musician, educator, conductor, composer/arranger and adjudicator.