Sydney Youth Orchestras Summer School

2018 Summer School Enrolment

Registration Opens Friday 1 September 2017

Summer School Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 2018


If you love making music, spend some time with Sydney Youth Orchestras this summer holidays! Bring your instrument, and join many more fellow musicians for a fun week of rehearsals, workshops and performances. SYO Summer School combines high standard music making, creativity, exploration and personal development. Now in its third year, the SYO Summer School has become a firm favourite of budding young musicians, music teachers and parents alike. Established to cover the second week of January each year when parents of school-aged students are looking to occupy their busy and talented young people, SYO provides a week-long open music program packed with choir rehearsals, large ensemble playing, masterclasses and tutorials, music theory and info sessions, as well as the opportunity to make friends and have fun.

Work with some of Sydney’s best conductors and tutors and discover a stimulating range of musical and social activities in a fun and collaborative atmosphere. SYO Summer School isn’t just about developing technique and expanding your repertoire. It’s about opening your mind to a whole different sphere of music making and creating musical experiences that are exciting, emotional and passionate. You will make lots of new friends, too!

There are daily opportunities to extend yourself through workshops and groups activities and advance your performance skills in our informal lunchtime concerts. Summer School culminates with ensemble showcases and concerts to highlight the week’s achievements.

Based on information collected from participants during enrollment, students are then placed in large ensembles which match their abilities and extend their knowledge and experience. For the first time in 2018 the Summer School will offer both a senior and junior band program, plus several string chamber orchestras.

For students in Years 11 and 12, the SYO Summer School will include an HSC preparation stream that can be selected as an add-on to the weekly program or as a standalone package*:

Indicative Daily Program**

8.30am: Drop off available

9.15am – 10.00: Choir

10.00am – 11.00am: Large Ensemble

11.00am – 11.30am: Morning Tea

11.30am – 1.00pm: Large Ensemble / Tutorials

1.00pm – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45pm – 3.00pm: Large Ensemble / Tutorials / Masterclass / Music Games

3.00pm – 4.00pm: Optional Add-on HSC Prep / Optional Add-on Basic Fundamentals of Theory

4.00pm – 5.00pm: Optional Add-on HSC Prep

* HSC Prep Program requires minimum a minimum enrollment of 15 students to take place

** Program is subject to change and develop in the months leading up to registration


“A wonderful experience for young musicians of all ages. My son looks forward to it every year. He comes away very inspired and very happy having made some new friends who love music as much as he does. Thank you so much!” – SYO Parent


Thanks for your interest in the SYO Summer School! Registrations will open on Friday 1st September 2017. Please be sure to fill out this form if you’re interested in receiving info from us regarding future programs, auditions, concerts and more!