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Darwin Symphony Orchestra Performing Outside the Box: New Venues, New Audiences

Jarvis, Martin W. B. (2006). Darwin Symphony Orchestra Performing Outside the Box: New Venues, New Audiences. In: Charles Darwin University Symposium: Creative Citizen, Darwin, 27-28 September 2006.

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Author Jarvis, Martin W. B.
Title Darwin Symphony Orchestra Performing Outside the Box: New Venues, New Audiences
Conference Name Charles Darwin University Symposium: Creative Citizen
Conference Location Darwin
Conference Dates 27-28 September 2006
Publication Year 2006
HERDC Category E3 - Conference Publication - Extract of paper (internal)
Abstract Over the years since its inception, it is probably no exaggeration to say that the Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has become a Territory icon. However, when I arrived in Darwin in 1988 there was no symphony orchestra resident in the Northern Territory. My brief was to build an orchestra and establish the demand for orchestral performances where none had existed previously. Not an easy thing achieve in the smallest Australian capital city and one of the remotest capital cities in the world. However, here in Darwin at the very least we had the opportunity to develop an orchestra that, from the outset, could be part of a new vision for orchestras. To achieve this aim, appropriate programs of study were devised at Charles Darwin University (CDU). The focus was, and remains, on 'community music'; that is to say full engagement with the communities of the NT, with the emphasis on participation in music making for those with a performance aptitude. The music staff encouraged talented amateur musicians to enrol as students in order to up-skill themselves and since that time training for many members of the DSO has taken place at CDU’s School of Creative Arts and Humanities. As a result of the University's commitment to the community, the NT now has a symphony orchestra that has helped change many peoples perspective on life in the Territory. This paper explores the journey to this position.
 
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