The program, based in Melbourne, runs on a semesterly basis with weekly rehearsals, and culminates in a gig at a local music venue. We provide our participants with professional female musicians as mentors, who lead rehearsals and guide participants through learning and arranging covers, workshopping original songs and developing live performance skills.
Weekly rehearsals with our mentors run every Sunday (rehearsal times vary each Semester) in East Brunswick. The rehearsals align with school terms; there are no rehearsals on the mid semester holidays.
Each Semester also includes a guest artist workshop. In the past, these workshops have been held by amazing musicians Kimbra, Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins), Jude Perl, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy, and Xani Kolac (The Twoks).
Through our program, YoWo Music aims to:
Provide relatable role models to young women and GNC youth interested in music
Give young women/GNC youth an opportunity to play in a supportive ensemble setting
Nurture and encourage friendships with like-minded young musicians
Develop performance skills and confidence
Contribute towards positive change for women and GNC people in music
Is YoWo for me?
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY FOR YOWO IF YOU ARE:
A girl/GNC teen in high school
Currently receiving instrumental lessons (or have previous musical experience)
Want to play in a band
AT YOWO YOU WILL:
Learn a range of contemporary styles, including pop, rock, soul, and funk.
Improve your instrumental skills
Have the opportunity to write your own songs and play them with a band
Play a gig
Meet other young musicians around your age from different schools
Be mentored by professional female musician every week!
ABOUT THE AUDITION/INTERVIEW:
Applicants must prepare and perform:
2 pieces of their own choice, preferably by memory. These can be of any style; just play something you like!
We will run through some basic musical skills including:
repeating clapped or sung phrases
reading chords (for chordal instruments) and melodies
knowledge of basic chords/scales
There will also be a short interview in which we ask you about your musical history, and why you want to join YoWo!