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.