December Newsletter

Sydney Youth Orchestras have had another incredible year in 2018. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it, whether as a musician, a parent, an audience member, an alumnus, a donor, a partner, an educator, a volunteer, or as another part of the SYO family. We couldn’t do it without you.


Sydney Youth Orchestras Concert Series
          MAHLER Symphony No. 10
          STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite
          BRUCKNER Symphony No. 8
          CELEBRATING STRAUSS: Richard Gill AO, A Celebration Of Life

SYO State Central West Hub
          with Peter Seymour Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Orchestra

Together Live
          collaboration with SYO Philharmonic and Sydney City Youth Ballet 

SYO State South East Hub
          with The Sydney Youth Orchestra and Western Sydney Youth Orchestra

Live at Level 28
          raising money for our Opportunity Fund

The Big Busk
          raising money for our Enterprise Fund

Centennial Parklands Partnership
          performances at Centennial Park and Australian Botanic Gardens 

Seasonal Showcases
          performances at Santa Sabina College, Monte Sant Angelo, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Workshop and Verbrugghen Hall


The Sydney Youth Orchestra 2019 Season
          Conducted by Alexander Briger AO
          JANACEK Taras Bulba
          BRAHMS Symphony No. 3, op.90, F major
          COPLAND Appalachian Spring 
          BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 op. 67, C minor
          MOZART Exsultate jubilate, K.165
          DVORAK Requiem, op.89 conducted by Brett Weymark
          ELGAR Enigma Variations, op. 36
          PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet, op.64

UK International Tour
The Sydney Youth Orchestra’s UK tour in April 2019 will visit the musically rich cities of Cardiff, Manchester, London, Cambridge and Oxford. The tour is open to current and new SYO musicians. The tour is open to current and new SYO musicians in the Symphonic Orchestral Program aged 14-25.
The Big Busk
Hundreds of young SYO musicians and alumni will take over the city of Sydney for one day, raising funds to support the purchase of instruments and music for the Sydney Youth Orchestras, The Big Busk is an event showcasing the very best orchestral musicians in free concerts all over Sydney CBD.
Musician Card Specials

A Choral Christmas Celebration | St Mary’s Cathedral Choir 

Exquisite Christmas music will be performed by the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, featuring twenty-four boy choristers and Sinfonia Australis chamber orchestra. With choral works by Bach, Handel, Bruckner and Rutter, and a feast of favourite Christmas Carols, this concert is the ideal introduction to the Christmas Season. Join with the choir and orchestra to sing favourite carols to celebrate this special time of year.

Win two tickets to the 11am performance on the 14th of December by emailing [email protected]
From Our Friends

Penrith Conservatorium | 2019 Scholarships

Penrith Conservatorium is offering six highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process.

The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level. Scholarships are open to all instruments, and in 2019 the Conservatorium is encouraging students of Woodwind, Brass and Orchestral Percussion. Applications close Friday 14 December.


NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition | Entries Open

Young talent competes to forge classical music futures – Entries for the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition 2019 are now open! 

The competition is open to secondary school pupils in years 7-12 at schools throughout NSW and the ACT.


ACO Academy | Entries Open

ACO Academy offers outstanding string students an inspirational week of intensive workshops with ACO tutors. Students work alongside ACO musicians in Sydney to develop their skills and musicianship, culminating in a side-by-side performance.