Due to Covid-19 restrictions the 2020 Winter School has been deferred to October and become a Spring School.   Conductor Mark Eager is no longer available and has been replaced by the very popular Gyula (Jules) Cseszko.   Open to adult musicians locally, nationally and internationally, the program offers participants a stimulating and challenging intensive orchestral workshop culminating in a public concert on Sunday afternoon.

The program will feature Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major with virtuoso violinist Yebin Yoo; Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 8 Op 46.  Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture and Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Op 67.

The event will be held at The Cathedral School of St. Anne and St. James with accommodation available on site for out of town guests if desired.   The event is fully catered including morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a festival dinner at The Pier Restaurant on the Friday night.

Assuming sufficient relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions and adequate registration support the Spring School will proceed as planned.  Please assist us by registering as early as possible.   If registrations for an instrument exceed available places, applicants will be accepted in order of application unless special circumstances apply.   Registrations will be reviewed and updated at three week intervals.

Players will be notified individually, and a player list will be published on the website.  Players are expected to have parts fully prepared prior to attending.

Townsville Orchestral Spring School


Please read the following information carefully. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to contact us.


Registrations are now open, and close 20th July 2020.

Early registration is strongly encouraged, to give you the best chance of inclusion and to assist us with planning and co-ordination.

Fee $250.00

$100 deposit with registration, remaining $150.00 payable by 1st August 2020.

Deposit is non-refundable unless the application is declined. If the full registration fee is not received by 1st August 2020, your registration will be cancelled.

Failure to pay the full registration fee will result in forfeiture of the deposit.

Payment is via Paypal on the website or direct deposit to:

BSB 633 000 Acc. 141 475 053  Townsville Community Music Centre

Playing ability

Open to Adults 18 and over. Minimum AMEB grade 7 or equivalent.


Featuring the esteemed international conductor Mark Eager and violinist virtuoso Yebin Yoo, the programme is:

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major                     Dvorak Slavonic Dance No. 8 Op. 46

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture                     Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Op. 67


The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Solo Violin, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, and Strings.

Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.8 Op.46

2 Flutes (Picc), 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, Percussion, and Strings.

The Marriage of Figaro Overture

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, and Strings.

Beethoven Symphony No.5 Op.67

Piccolo (4th Mvt only), 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (A & Bb), 2 Bassoons, Contrabassoon (4th Mvt only), 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Timpani, and Strings.


All parts are obtainable from the IMSLP website (https://imslp.org). Bowings will be scored by your concert master for the rehearsals. The repertoire is exciting but challenging so please ensure you arrive fully conversant with your part.

Use the IMSLP link to find the selected editions:

The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Breitkopf

Dvorak Slavonic Dance No.8 Op.46 - Simrock

The Marriage of Figaro Overture - Barenreiter - Verlag

Beethoven Symphony No.5 Op.67 - Breitkopf 1863 version


Thursday 8.00am – 9.00am Registration and Welcome

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning rehearsals and breaks are as follows:

Rehearsal 9.00am – 10.30am

Morning tea break 10.30am – 11.00am

Rehearsal 11.00am – 12.30pm

Lunch break 12.30pm – 1.45pm

Rehearsal 1.45pm – 3.15pm

Afternoon tea break 3.15pm – 3.45pm

Rehearsal 3.45pm – 5.15pm

Concert: Sunday 2.00pm start; 4.45pm (approx.) finish.   There will be one 30-minute interval.


Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be provided each day.

A complimentary group dinner will be held at The Pier Restaurant, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville on Friday evening for all participants; a cash bar will be available.

**Please notify us of any dietary requirements, so that we may assist you during rehearsals and the group dinner.**

Venues & Location

The Cathedral School, Ross River Road, located 6 km south of the Townsville CBD and 6.3 from the airport.


If required we can arrange full board student style accommodation for out of town participants on campus at Cathedral School.   Single room with shared amenities with all meals at the nearby dining room is  $80 per day.   The accommodation is also close to the rehearsal space.

Parking and Access

Ample on-site parking is available 2 minutes walk from the rehearsal venue.

Concert Venue

Sir George Kneipp Auditorium at James Cook University Douglas Campus.  485 seat, raked seating hall.  Ample parking available near to the venue, Transport to and from the concert venue will be provided for participants staying in accommodation at Cathedral School.


Photographs will be taken throughout the winter school and will be available for download by participants.

Name Tags

Will be supplied -  please wear them.


For rehearsals – informal

For group dinner – smart casual

For concert – All players in plain stage black, black enclosed footwear.  Ladies:  black slacks or long black skirt length, no jewellery.  Gentlemen: black long

or short sleeved shirts; no ties unless black or grey.


Participants with a disability or medical issues requiring support should notify us so that we can assist. Please notify us of any dietary requirements.


The Winter School constitutes 24 hours of Certified Music Professional Development.

Contact us:

Email: springschool@townsvillemusic.org.au

Phone: Simon McConnell 0418 776 961 or Bronia Renison 0429 938 241

Conductor Gyula Cseszko:

Gyula (Jules), based in Melbourne has conducted over 40 Orchestras and 9 choirs over 20 years and has travelled extensively conducting and teaching.   He is Principal Conductor of the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra.   This will be Jules' second visit to Townsville, he conducted the Barrier Reef Orchestra in an all-Beethoven concert in 2017.

For more information visit www.gyulacseszko.com

Soloist Yebin Yoo:  

Yebin is a very talented and exciting emerging Australian violinist. Melbourne-based, she is the youngest ever winner of the Gisborne International Music Competition, amongst many other awards. She is now studying at the prestigious New England Conservatorium of Music, Boston USA. Yebin appears with us with the support of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, as winner of the John Hopkins Fellowship Performance award.

For more information click here.

Click here to download the registration form in PDF format.

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The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Important notice:

Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control (Covid-19) we have decided to cancel the

Orchestral Spring School 2020.

We would like to thank everyone who registered for this event. We will be in contact with everyone who registered to organise a full refund of registration fees in the near future.