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SYO State

SYO State is an outreach project designed to increase participation and engagement in orchestra music across New South Wales. This program focuses our outreach activity the Central West with our main orchestral hub in Dubbo and residencies in the South Coast and Hunter regions of NSW.  Though this program we aim to identify and nurture talented young musicians and establishing stronger community engagement and relationships.        




Four Winds Residency 

Our annual residency at The Four Winds involves performances for local secondary schools and a spectacular open-air performance at The Four Winds Sound Shell. This part of our SYO State program gives young musicians on the South Coast an environment in which to focus on both the intricacies of the music and performance technique with Chief Conductor Alexander Briger. Musicians on the South Coast also have the opportunity to connect and create networks with musicians from our touring orchestra. By bringing a full-size orchestra to perform for local audiences, The Four Winds residency enriches the cultural landscape of the region.

Regional Orchestra Hub – Dubbo

Sydney Youth Orchestras has a long history of delivering activity across various parts of NSW.  Since 2016, we have focused on the City of Dubbo and establishing the town as SYO’s hub for the Central West, with a 3 year initial commitment to providing:

  • An annual regional NSW tour through the Central West of New South Wales by two SYO Senior Orchestras
  • School student focused concerts in Dubbo by SYO Senior Orchestras
  • Family and children focused concerts in Dubbo by SYO Senior Orchestras
  • Community events
  • Concerts in rural satellite towns
  • A full day workshop and performance program for young regional musicians
  • Work experience opportunities for regional music students
  • Discounts and part-time participation programs for regional musicians

Click HERE to register for the 2017 Central West program


“Just wanted to thank you all at SYO very much for a fantastic weekend! The girls had an absolutely wonderful time, so full of inspiration and encouragement. It is particularly wonderful as we live remotely- 2hours west of Dubbo and for my girls they don’t get to play in any orchestras at all. Sarah has never even met another oboist( other than her teacher), Jess has never got to play with any other violins before, as she is the only violinist out here! Such a thrilling experience, with wonderful music and fabulous conductors/tutors. Thank you all so much. Hope you will continue to do rural workshops!




SYO is grateful for the support of the Central West Program by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

Hunter Valley Residency 

The Hunter Valley residency combines workshops with local schools and public concerts. In 2017 the SYO Philharmonic, under the baton of conductor Brian Buggy will spend three days in the Hunter Valley withing with local primary school students in a combination of play-along rehearsals, and tutorials, as well as performing a number of public concerts including Holst’s Jupiter in an open air evening concert.

Sydney Youth Orchestras would like to acknowledge the follow partners for their assistance in making this program possible.


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