NSWYO is the first state-wide youth orchestra in NSW.
NSWYO will present orchestral programmes of the highest calibre in concerts, camps and tours across the State. It will perform with Australia’s best soloists, and will present workshops and masterclasses by the most accomplished musicians in the country.
Artistic Director and Conductor Thomas Tsai said, "NSWYO gives young musicians exceptional orchestral training and experience. We are collaborating with leading orchestral musicians,conductors and educators."
A highly regarded music educator, Mr Tsai was the founding Artistic Director of NSWYO’s predecessor, the North Sydney Youth Symphony. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the former SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra.
NSWYO is honoured to have Professor the Hon. Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO as its Patron.
"Unlike other major youth orchestras in Australia, NSWYO is run entirely by the players and parent volunteers. This ensures the players will always remain the sole focus," said Dr Antony Lau, NSWYO President.
NSWYO rehearsals are already under way. In November 2015, NSWYO’s inaugural concert will feature internationally acclaimed pianist David Fung performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra at the Sydney Conservatorium’s Verbrugghen Hall. The orchestra will also present Saint-Saëns’ thrilling Organ Symphony.
Auditions for NSWYO 2016 are now open to all musicians aged 25 and under who are of a standard equivalent to AMEB Grade 8 or higher. All eligible musicians from Sydney and Regional NSW should apply now at http://nswyo.com.au/auditions
In 2016, NSWYO will grant 35 full scholarships to exceptional young musicians.
"We will expand our Sydney-based orchestra by bringing together young talented musicians from NSW regional centres," said Dr Lau. "NSWYO’s first Orchestra Camp will be held from 10 to 15 July 2016, with a concert at Chatswood Concourse on 14 July."
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