2019 Summer School

About 2019 Summer School

APPLICATIONS       By Friday 7 December

DATES                   Monday 7 January – Friday 11 January 2019

TIMES                   9:00am – 3:00pm

LOCATION              Santa Sabina College, Strathfield and Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Friday only)

COST                     $550

                            Sibling Discount $75

If you want to apply for the standalone HSC Preparatory Program, please complete this form.


Suitable for young musicians aged 6-19, students are placed in ensembles which match their abilities and extend their knowledge and experience based on the information provided in their enrolment form.

More advanced musicians will have the opportunity to audition for the Senior Orchestra, conducted by the amazing Max McBride on Day 1 of Summer School.

SYO Summer School combines high level orchestral tuition with an emphasis on developing team and ensemble skills in musicians, Established to cover the second week of January each year when parents of school-aged students are looking to occupy their busy and talented young people, SYO provides a week-long open music program packed with choir rehearsals, large ensemble playing, masterclasses and tutorials, music theory and info sessions, as well as the opportunity to make friends and have fun. Summer School culminates with ensemble showcases and concerts to highlight the week’s achievements at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. 


Scholarship applications for SYO Summer School are now closed.

Scholarship Applications Close: Friday 23 November
Scholarships Awarded: by Friday, 7 December

SYO is committed to ensuring all talented musicians regardless of financial circumstances have the same opportunity to be part of SYO. With the very generous support of many private donors, companies and foundations we provide a number of full scholarships for eligible regional applicants to attend SYO’s Summer School in 2019. 

Any applicant who is a primary or secondary school student and resides at least 200km from Sydney CBD is eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive a waiver on the 2019 participation fee ($550.00+GST) plus a travel and accommodation bursary. The amount of this bursary is dependent on the circumstances of the applicant.




Indicative Daily Program**

8.30am Drop off 
9.00am – 10.00am Choir
10.00am – 11.00am Large Ensemble
11.00am – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am – 1.00pm Large Ensemble / Tutorials
1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm – 3.00pm Large Ensemble / Tutorials / Masterclass / Music Games
3.00pm – 6.00pm HSC Preparatory Program*

* HSC Prep Program requires minimum a minimum enrolment of 15 students to take place. Final program details and outline will made available mid-December, 2018. 

** Program is subject to change and develop prior to final program details release in mid-December, 2018.

Registrations for SYO Summer School and HSC Preparatory Program have now closed. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, or enquire about a late registration please complete an Expression of Interest form and someone from our Operations Team will be in contact if any places become available.