Impact – Excellence Fund

By supporting our Excellence Fund, you are enabling our young musicians access to world class conductors, professional performance opportunities, renowned Australian and International musicians, as well as supporting our future orchestral leaders with the Principal Chair sponsorships.


“I doubt I would be where I am today if it were not for the Sydney Youth Orchestra.”-  Richard Tognetti, Artistic Director, Australian Chamber Orchestra


Austria Scholarship

In January 2020, James Armstrong, Principal Second violin of The Sydney Youth Orchestra was the recipient of the inaugural Austria Scholarship.  This scholarship was a three-week musical opportunity where James travelled to the world’s great, musical capitals of Vienna and Salzburg.  This was as a direct result of a partnership with the Austria National Tourist Office and donations to the SYO Excellence Fund.

James was immersed in this world-class experience where he was able to walk in the footsteps of Mozart and experience performances by the Vienna State Opera, attended rehearsals with some of the most renowned Viennese orchestras, experience the world-famous Vienna Philharmonic Ball, as well as individual instrumental masterclasses with international musicians such as Luka Ljubas .


International Touring Opportunities

In 2019 SYO travelled to the UK for 2 weeks.  This tour enabled our musicians to perform in world-renowned venues, attend performances of world-class orchestras and be a part of masterclasses with leading musicians.  Our next international tour is scheduled for 2022.  These experiences are supported via the Excellence fund.



SYO Principal Scholarships


The section principals of The Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Concertmasters of the orchestras within the SYO Symphonic Orchestral Program receive support via the Excellence Fund to assist with their SYO contribution fees. These scholarships are based on merit.