On Saturday 5 August 2017, Sydney Youth Orchestras’ friends and supporters attended The Chair’s Gala Dinner. Jan Bowen AM, Chair, and the Board of Directors of Sydney Youth Orchestras hosted this elegant evening of music in support of the SYO Excellence Fund. The evening began with The Sydney Youth Orchestra In Concert in Sydney Town Hall Centennial Hall. The concert included Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto featuring international soloist and SYO alumna Naoko Keatley and conducted by Alexander Briger AO. This was followed by The Chair’s Gala Dinner in Sydney Town Hall Vestibule. The dinner included Naoko Keatley in conversation with Geraldine Doogue AO, and a 3 course dinner with matching wines by our sponsor BackVintage Wines.
About the SYO Excellence Fund:
At the core of all SYO activity is the importance of excellence in education, whether it be through providing access to world class conductors, professional performance opportunities and venues, having access to Australian and International artists or advancing the orchestral training framework, this fund is critical to the success of all young orchestral musicians.
- A gift of $25,000 covers the venue costs for a Sydney Youth Orchestra Concert
- A gift of $10,000 covers the costs for all SYO Orchestral Program musicians tutorial sessions with professional musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)
- A gift of $7,500 covers the costs for all SYO String Program musicians tutorial sessions with professional musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (AOBO)
- A gift of $5,000 covers the cost of an orchestra section masterclass with an international artists
As an expression of our thanks, all donors will be recognised as SYO Education Champions for 12 months online and in our concert programs. If you would like your gift recognised in a specific way or under a different name to the donor please include in the tribute section.
I doubt I would be where I am today if it were not for the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra
If you would like to donate to support the SYO Excellence fund, please click here.