The SYO Philharmonic is the organisation’s second most senior ensemble, a full symphony orchestra led by acclaimed Australian conductor, composer and educator, Brian Buggy OAM. In the Philharmonic musicians hone their orchestral technique and ensemble skills with masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century. In 2018, the SYO Philharmonic will be exploring a challenging and diverse body of works, ranging from the Late-Romantic masters such as Wagner, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, to twentieth century composers including Shostakovich, Holst and Prokofiev.
The orchestra is a full scale symphony orchestra of over 70 young musicians, comprised of 54 strings, plus harp, triple woodwind, full brass, and percussion.
“The SYO Philharmonic’s concert at the Mungindi Music Festival was the best performance I have ever seen by a group of people that age.” Don Burrows, AO MBE
The SYO Philharmonic accepts applications from all strings, wind, brass and percussion musicians aged 12 to 24 years, approximately AMEB Grade 8 minimum or equivalent.
2018 Rehearsals; Sundays from 2:00 - 5:00pm
Venue; St Mary's Cathedral College
Full time tertiary players receive $250 fee reduction in 2018.
Brian Buggy has been the conductor of the SYO Philharmonic since 2007.
REPERTOIRE FOR 2017
DVORAK Symphony No. 9, op. 95, E minor
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, op 17, C minor
WAGNER Lohengrin WWV 75: Prelude Acts I-III
BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Symphonic Dances
HOLST The Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
SYO Philharmonic presents a number of public performances each year, including the Mosman Music Society concerts and the wonderful Meet the Orchestra concerts which allow musicians to share the experience of music with young children and their families. The orchestra also tours as part of the annual SYO State program to regional NSW.
TUTORIALS, SECTIONALS & MASTERCLASSES
Musicians from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra tutor each section of the orchestra on a regular basis, an association which allows members exposure to the professional music industry. SYO also offers a number of masterclasses with local and international guest artists along with camps and music retreats which offer intensive learning opportunities.