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SYO State

SYO State is an outreach project that increases participation and engagement in orchestral music across New South Wales. This program focuses SYO’s outreach activity in the NSW Central West via our main orchestral hub in Dubbo and smaller bespoke residencies in the South Coast and Hunter regions. Through this program, we aim to identify and nurture talented young musicians across the state and establish stronger community engagement and relationships.

Four Winds Residency 

Our annual residency at Four Winds Bermagui provides educational experiences for local students through visits to local secondary schools, where young adults are ‘introduced’ to the orchestra, with a focus on explaining the instrumental groups and the formation of the ensemble. This residency also provides young accomplished local musicians on the South Coast the opportunity to engage with our touring ensemble; a chance to sit in, rehearse and perform under the baton of SYO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Alexander Briger. This program culminates in a spectacular open-air performance at The Sound Shell, ‘Natures Concert Hall’. In visiting and performing for Bermagui, SYO’s 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


“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.



Venue Partner: Macquarie Conservatorium


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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