Western Sydney Youth Orchestra

Western Sydney Youth Orchestra

Western Sydney Youth Orchestra (WSYO) is a thriving youth orchestra that extends the reach of orchestral training to musicians in Western Sydney. Since its inception in 2017, WSYO has grown into a strong and versatile orchestra, often collaborating with other artistic companies and cultural groups. They also perform at a range of unique events and festivals, further enriching the artistic education and performance experience of our young musicians. They are exposed to a wide range of repertoire including Baroque, Romantic, Film and Contemporary Music.

This orchestra has been made possible through the support of Founding Partners Dixon Advisory. 


Repertoire Highlights accordion-plus accordion-minus

BEETHOVEN 1st Symphony

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

MOZART 31st Symphony "Paris"

BEETHOVEN 7th Symphony

MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture

MOZART 35th Symphony "Haffner

2017 Launch of the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra PRESS accordion-plus accordion-minus
Creative Project: ENCOUNTER accordion-plus accordion-minus

This contemporary dance and orchestral work brought together young creatives from across Western Sydney and the far South Coast of NSW to develop ENCOUNTER SOUTH during 2019. 


The work was further developed into ENCOUNTER which premiered as part of the Sydney Festival in 2020 and in 2022, ENCOUNTER SYDNEY was presented on the Forecourt of Sydney Opera House. 


Director: Emma Saunders
Choreography: Emma Saunders in collaboration with the dancers
Writer: Felicity Castagna
Composers: Amanda Brown and Jodi Phillis
Orchestrator: Jessica Wells
Conductor: James Pensini
Visual Artist: David Capra
Spoken Word: Warren Foster
Dance Captains: Joshua O’Connor and Naomi Reichardt
Dancers: Julian Chan, Sarah Goroch, Gabriela Green Olea, Clayton Jean, Sarah Kalule, Lawrencea Mateariki, Sabrina Muszynski, Joshua O'Connor, Naomi Reichardt, Emily Yali
Musicians: Western Sydney Youth Orchestra
Costume Keeper: Quirine Van Nispen
Production Assistant: Jeremy Ainsworth
Producer: Annette McLernon

FORM Dance Projects
Commissioning Executive Producer: 
Annette McLernon
Encounter Photographer: Heidrun Lohr
Encounter Trailer: Dominic O’Donnell


ENCOUNTER SYDNEY is proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late initiative.


ENCOUNTER and ENCOUNTER SOUTH were originally Commissioned and Produced by FORM Dance Projects, supported by Sydney Youth Orchestras and FLING Physical Theatre, for presentation in Four Winds SPRING Festival 2019 and Sydney Festival 2020.


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