Join Us

WAMO is always looking for new players!

If you can read music, and can play either a mandolin, mandola, classical guitar, bass guitar or double bass, then contact us immediately !!

If you are a beginner, we would love to help and motivate you to learn so that you can eventually join us. Many of our players started learning as a mature aged student, so it is never too late.

As an example, at the end of this year we will have a number of mature age beginners joining the orchestra. These people have been taking lessons for approx. 1-2 years from a teacher familiar with the orchestra and have been practicing performance in a small training ensemble during that time.They are now ready to join the of the orchestra where their musical education and enjoyment will progress rapidly. 

In joining an orchestra you will get much more than simply being able to play an instrument.

  • You will find a like minded group of friends - most WAMO players have been with the orchestra many years, and those that leave often come back.
  • You will learn to perform in front of people as an orchestra member - this will be great for your confidence.
  • With increasing experience you will gain a deeper sense of appreciation and enjoyment for all forms of music.
  • You will have opportunities to meet like similar people from other Australian and international orchestras at the many music camps and festivals held nationally and internationally.

As a beginner, you need to start with a good teacher. For mandolin or mandola, we recommend that you contact either:

Robert Schulz (Tel: +61 8 9337 4109) Mandolin and Classical Guitar Teacher - Kardinya

Geoffrey Barber (Tel: +61 8 9381 5554) Mandolin Teacher - Subiaco

Robert and Geoff  perform with WAMO. 

West Australian Youth Mandolin Orchestra

With amateur players forming the heart of the orchestra, it is important to ensure that there are new members working towards joining the orchestra. To this end, WAMO has a youth orchestra, comprised of around 16 mandolin and classical guitar students. These up-coming players perform as a group from time to time, and take part with WAMO in at least one of our major concerts each year.