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The Sydney Youth Orchestra was founded as a single orchestra in 1973 by the visionary music educator and conductor, Peter Seymour. Since then it has grown to become a community of over 500 young musicians, aged 7-25, from all over Sydney and beyond. We gather weekly for rehearsal in the city, in eleven different ensembles carefully constructed to match skill, age and experience. Together we inspire excellence, presenting public concerts and performing in major community events such as Carols in the Domain, energetic Toddlers’ Proms for very young children, and outreach programs including concerts and workshops in regional NSW.
We celebrate and recognise the thousands of young musicians who have nurtured their love of orchestral music, learned important life skills, had formative experiences and made lifelong friends.
Many of them have gone on to careers as professional musicians. They secure leading positions in all the major Australian orchestras and internationally. Indeed, Australia’s professional orchestras simply would not exist without this concentrated training, and Sydney Youth Orchestras is a place to learn the valuable practical skills, which transforms students into professionals.