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Sydney Youth Orchestra –


Mr Bernie Heard
Phone: (02) 9251 2422
Fax: (02) 9251 2744
Email: info@syo.com.au
Website: www.syo.com.au


182 Cumberland Street

Postal Address


Sydney Youth Orchestras is a leader in the field of orchestral training, forging dynamic relationships between young musicians and leading music educators. Our performances are accessible to audiences throughout NSW and we contribute to the cultural landscape of Sydney.


Sydney Youth Orchestras has a goal to ensure that all its musicians receive the most relevant and inspiring training to give them the skills to pursue, if they wish, a career in the music industry. SYO provides the opportunity to extend beyond individual lessons to work as a member of an ensemble of talented and dedicated musicians under a top-level teaching conductor. In SYO you will receive excellent orchestral training. You will develop social, creative and communication skills. You will improve as a player and as a musician.

Sydney Youth Orchestras is not just one orchestra, it is now 11 different ensembles and orchestras, providing a weekly orchestral training program for over 400 students aged from 6 to 25. With this many ensembles, we are able to provide a carefully designed and implemented educational framework, matching students to the ensemble most suited to their experience, performance level and age.

Students participate in weekly rehearsals, with leading conductors and guest artists. In addition, they attend regular tutorials with professional musicians from Sydney’s professional orchestras and leading instrumental teachers, guiding them on their development of ensemble skills and stylistic playing.

As we prepare to celebrate our 40th birthday in 2013, our alumni are placed in all the professional orchestras and key chamber ensembles in Australia, and many overseas, and it is clear that this weekly foundation of professional training is an important springboard for serious young musicians. Further to that, SYO is a wonderful community for young musicians, providing a gathering of like-minded souls, leading to life-long friendships and associations.

The Intent of Sydney Youth Orchestra:

Recent Accomplishments of Sydney Youth Orchestra: