The SYO strategic goals are:
EXCELLENCE nurturing artistic talent and delivering great education
PROFESSIONALISM continually improving our business systems to best-practice contemporary standards
ENGAGEMENT creating a consistent reliable experience for all contact with SYO
OPPORTUNITY being entrepreneurial and planning for increased revenue and business growth
OUR VISION SYO is a place where, through music, talented young instrumentalists come together to grow, to learn and to contribute to Australia’s cultural landscape.
OUR MISSION To educate and nurture young people to achieve musical excellence through a structured program of orchestral training and performance.
Sydney Youth Orchestra gave me a true feeling of what it would be like to be a professional musician. Outside SYO, you’d be lucky to come across other musicians equally switched on and driven to perform at such high standards. The sheer concentration of top musicians at SYO is what spurs us all on – without this concentration of high calibre young players, there’s no way our professional orchestras could maintain their own high standards and local flavour. SYO’s program is essential because it is practical and helps musicians understand what it is to make music. It is a comprehensive program, which teaches skills that can only be learnt in practice.
Alex Henery, Sydney Symphony Principal Double Bass, SYO alumni and current SYO tutor.