Emma Rayner, 16 has participated in Australian Youth Orchestra programs AYO Young Symphonists and AYO National Music Camp, this year sees her join the Australian Youth Orchestra for the first time, performing in Melbourne in February and for our International Tour in July.
You play the Cello, what inspired you to take up this particular instrument?
ER: Initially I actually wanted to play the “big cello” (the double bass!) but as I was only small, my parents thought the cello would be a more realistic option! I suppose I’ve always loved the big sound and the feel of the vibrations it produces, especially when playing in a whole section of cellos. Although I haven’t fulfilled my three-year-old dream, I have never looked back since taking up the cello; there is so much beautiful repertoire written for it!
How did you find out about the Australian Youth Orchestra?
ER: I’ve always been aware of the orchestra and its programs through teachers and attending concerts. In 2007 when I was in primary school, the AYO String Quartet did a workshop with us as part of its regional residencies program. That was very inspiring and I’ve always longed to be part of the AYO’s music-making!
What advice do you have for any young musician planning on applying for AYO programs this year?
ER: Go for it and give it your best shot! Everyone starts from somewhere and it is worth trying for, even for the sake of experiencing the audition. And don’t be too nervous! The auditioners are always lovely and they want you to play at your best! It is such a worthwhile experience to be part of and can really propel and motivate your musical journey.
What is it that you love the most about being part of the Australian Youth Orchestra?
ER: It has an incredibly inspiring atmosphere; to be with like-minded youth passionate about music, amazing tutors, conductors and directors. I love being able to be a part of that full orchestral sound which transports you to another planet, where emotions come so freely and genuinely.