The Sydney Youth Orchestra

As the leading ensemble of the SYO family, The Sydney Youth Orchestra is where Sydney’s most talented young musicians – those who aspire to the highest level of orchestral performance and a future as an orchestral musician – are to be found.
The Sydney Youth Orchestra is SYO’s flagship orchestra and features 100 of Sydney’s most talented young musicians. Since 1973, it has been the training ground for Australia’s future professional musicians, and its alumni can be heard in every major orchestra in Australia; they include Richard Tognetti, Kirsten Williams, Nigel Westlake, Shefali Pryor, Anne-Louise Comerford, Marina Marsden, Philip Arkinstall, Geoff O’Reilly, Matthew Coorey, Lyn Williams, Paul Goodchild and many more. Indeed, Australia’s professional orchestras simply would not exist without this concentrated training, and the Sydney Youth Orchestras is a place to learn the valuable practical skills which transform students into professionals.

The Sydney Youth Orchestra provides outstanding and innovative training and performance activities that lead to the continued development of a musician’s technical and artistic excellence. Programs are broad ranging, including chamber music, orchestral music from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary traditions, as well as new works by Australian composers. Performers 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.

The Sydney Youth Orchestra presents a subscription series of concerts in leading venues, tours to regional venues and festivals, performs and participates in workshops, such as for The Composers residency project run by the Sydney Opera House. The SYO also participates in high profile public events, such as Carols in the Domain and Australia Day functions.