About SYO
Years of music making
Established in 1973 by legendary conductor and educator Peter Seymour, The Sydney Youth Orchestra has become an important stepping stone for hundreds of young musicians into professional careers in the music and arts sector.
The Sydney Youth Orchestra is powered by SYO. SYO is a not-for-profit charity focused on providing a pathway for young musicians to connect, create and champion orchestral music. 
Discover more about the company behind the Orchestra.

SYO Artistic Principals


We empower young people as creatives and expose them to new creative practice, composition and space


We preserve and acknowledge the importance of the classical canon and young people having the opportunity to present works with an informed sense of style


Embrace partnerships as the facilitator of a dynamic dialogue between art forms, artists and young people


We expose young people to differing perspectives through repertory, touring and cross-cultural collaboration

The.SYO Team

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019. Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level. Her Excellency brings her deep commitment to education, youth leadership, human rights and social justice to the role in service of the people of New South Wales.

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(for beginner to pre-professional musicians)
(our pre-professional orchestra)