2018 Summer School

About 2018 Summer School

DATES                   Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 2018

TIMES                   9:00am – 3:00pm

LOCATION              St. Mary’s Cathedral College and Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROGRAMS            Age 5-18 Summer School Open Program Only  $525.00 ($75 Sibling Discount) 

                            Age 16-18 Summer School Open Program + HSC Preparatory Program  – $625.00 ($75 Sibling Discount)

                            Age16-18 HSC Preparatory Program Only  $200.00 (Scroll down to read and apply for this program only)


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. 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.* 




This program is open to all school-aged students in NSW (Kindergarten to year 12)


For students making a stand-alone enrollment in the SYO 2018 Summer School (not participating in the additional HSC Preparatory Program), the fee is $525.00 in total per participant (excludes transaction fees & GST). For students enrolling in both Summer School and the HSC Preparatory Program, the fee is $625.00.

$75.00 Sibling Discount is added when you complete the sibling registration from the link within your first form


Indicative Daily Program**

8.30am Drop off available
9.15am – 10.00am 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 – 6.00pm HSC Preparatory Program*

* HSC Prep Program requires minimum a minimum enrolment of 15 students to take place. Final program details and outline will made available mid-December, 2017. 

** Program is subject to change and develop prior to final program details release in mid-December, 2017.



About 2018 HSC Preparatory Program


DATES                   Monday 8 January – Friday 12 January 2018

TIMES                   3:00pm – 6:00pm

LOCATION              St. Mary’s Cathedral College and Sydney Conservatorium of Music

PROGRAMS           HSC Preparatory Program Only – $200.00


The SYO HSC Preparatory Program is a focused series of lectures/workshops designed to inspire, educate and engage any students making preparations for their HSC in October/November 2018. Led by NSW Music educators and long time HSC markers, this program will cover areas of theory and practice that relate specifically to the NSW HSC Music 2 curriculum. Participants can expect to receive intense training on theory, composition, essay writing, thesis development and constructive performance critique. This program provides musically gifted HSC students the opportunity to receive invaluable guidance and tailored HSC music training in a supportive and fun environment with like-minded students. 

     Orchestral Camp


This program is open to all students in NSW undertaking the HSC in 2018 who are enrolled in a Music 2 at their high school and to students who are undertaking Music Extension, in addition to Music 2.  


For students making a stand-alone enrollment in the HSC Preparatory program (not participating in SYO’s 2018 Summer School), the fee is $200.00 in total per participant (excludes transaction fees & GST).

Enroll today for the chance to get a rewarding kick-start on your 2018 HSC study!  





Please contact SYO on 02 9251 2422 or at info@syo.com.au for more information.


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