Burnie Stringalong Orchestra

Photo: Grant Wells

Photo: Grant Wells


Burnie Stringalong Orchestra (BSO) started life as an “After School String Program” to compliment the work being achieved through the Stringalong sessions being held in schools within the Burnie municipality.  

For dedicated Stringalong students, BSO provides the opportunity to develop the camaraderie required for playing in an ensemble. Students are encouraged not only in their musical skills, but also their social and teamwork capabilities. This mentoring is facilitated by their teachers – Stephanie Perry and Josie Riches – and the more advanced students.

In 2015 the Tasmanian Community Fund allocated $10,000 to establish BSO. It has since developed substantially to the point where, in February 2017, the Department of Education allocated $5,000 to support the ensemble for the upcoming school year. In April 2017 the BSO performed for the board of the Tasmanian Community Fund at its Burnie Forum.

June 2016 saw the first real performance of the ensemble at the Burnie City Eisteddfod. It proved to be a very significant event with many members of the Burnie musical community expressing considerable praise for what they heard.

At the 2018 Eisteddfod BSO won 2nd place out of seven entrants with a score of 85 points.
Contact: Lynne Price – 0409 361 940


Feedback from the City of Burnie Eistedfod:


Congratulations everyone on your commitment in so many different classes last week.

In particular I must mention our BSO performance – the first one ever under that name – which received many complements from community members. Looking resplendent in the new uniform shirts and conducting yourselves impeccably: I was enormously proud of you.  Thanks to Mrs. Perry and Josie for all their hard work on Thursday afternoons to prepare you for the challenge of performing in such a public event. It is possible to enjoy this experience when you are well practised and can play confidently : I believe you had reached that stage.  

These are the adjudicators comments:  76 Points

Butterfly Ballet

A lively work which you brought to life! Keep focussing on intonation which is an indication of ensemble ability as well. Practise individually with a drone for tuning reference.


What a fun piece to do. Enjoy having sectional rehearsals so each section is confident with their important role in the group.