Western Sydney Youth Orchestra
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO) is the newest in the SYO family, with 2017 being it's inaugural year. Based in Parramatta, WSYO offers highly reputable orchestral training to young musicians living locally, reducing the barriers between where they live and the opportunities they can seize!
Under the leadership of respected music educator and conductor, James Pensini, young musicians focus on the essentials of orchestral playing and performance, tackling repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Romantic periods. In 2018, WSYO will rehearse and perform a diverse and ambitious program, exploring works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Beethoven.
This project has been made possible through the support of Founding Partners Fort St Capital and Dixon Advisory. By joining WSYO young musicians from Western Sydney will connect with over 450 other talented young people and become part of the SYO family.
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra seeks applications from all string, wind, brass and percussion musicians 12 years and over, AMEB Grade 5 - minimum or equivalent.
Read and download the media release here.
Violinist Keith Lizardo (WSYO 2017), addressing his orchestral colleagues before WSYO's first public performance in 2017.
"There are people out there who think we don't have what it takes, they think we're just another ordinary orchestra. I'm here to tell you we're not. We all belong together, we're family, we're one voice, one collective instrument. We're not performing individually to show off. We're not performing for ourselves, we're not performing just to say we're good. Well, we kinda are but, “We perform to tell a story.” Our sheet music is our novel, our instruments are our voice. Establish a connection with the audience and tell that story.
We do this performance today for our parents, our family, our loved ones. Make this performance count. Thank them for their efforts and sacrifice to being here today and make them proud. We've worked our butts off the last couple of weeks and I don't want to waste that. We can blow away this audience, I know we can. This is our official public debut. Make this performance huge, make this performance big, make this your best, perform like it's your last. We perform as one, we perform as a family, we share the same voice, we're in this together. Now let's go and make a statement."
REPERTOIRE FOR 2017
BEETHOVEN (arr. Leidig) Symphony No. 7, Second Movement
BRAHMS (arr. Leidig) Symphony No. 1, Fourth Movement
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (arr. Meyer) Capriccio Espagnol
ROSSINI (arr. Lehmeier) William Tell Overture
SMETANA (arr. Meyer) The Moldau
EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
The Western Sydney Youth Orchestra have presented a number of concerts throughout Western Sydney in 2017 as well as performing in the SYO seasonal showcase concerts.
TUTORIALS, SECTIONALS & MASTERCLASSES
Musicians from the Sydney Symphony, 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 master classes with international guest artists and attend music retreats which offer intensive learning opportunities.
Western Sydney Youth Orchestra Partners