Junior Strings

Shoalhaven Junior Strings

Shoalhaven Junior Strings is a training ensemble conducted by Jacob Antonio designed to allow beginner string players an opportunity to develop their ensemble skills before joining the senior orchestra.

SJS is designed to develop students’ listening skills, allows them to meet similarly aged musicians and develop ensemble experience, preparing them for the senior orchestra. SJS focuses on rhythmical elements of playing together, listening to one another as well as oneself, and gaining a sense of ensemble playing from a very preliminary stage of group playing.

SJS consists of violins, violas, cello, and double bass. If you play or would like to play any of these instruments and learn how to be part of an ensemble and have a whole heap of fun at the same time, register on this page or contact us for more information.

This ensemble rehearses during school terms weekly on Tuesdays 4pm – 4.45pm at the Nowra School of Arts on Berry St, Nowra.

Contact Details

Ryley Gillen

Business Manager

Email: [email protected]shoalhavenyouthorchestra.com.au


Yearly rate

Payment to be made before rehearsals commence 01/02/2022

$200 for first child

$175 for subsequent children

NSW Creative Kids Voucher payment options available

Term rate


“The violin is an extraordinary instrument, it does take time to learn and when you learn how to play the violin it sounds amazing. I enjoy practising with everyone. I am not that fond of going to concerts, I get afraid although by the end I feel amazing. The teachers are very good, and can be funny! I love it.”

Hazel Marr, Junior Strings, Violin

Our Programs



The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra is the premier youth orchestral music group in the Shoalhaven. Rehearsing on Tuesday afternoons at the Nowra School of Arts students develop upon their ensemble skills, sight reading abilities and understanding of orchestral repertoire.

Shoalhaven Quartet


The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra Quartet is made of our principal violinists, violist and cellist. This ensemble may perform regularly and is available for private functions.

Tuning In Music Program

School Holiday Programs

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra runs programs at different times during school holidays. Keep an eye on our School Holidays website tab, social media platforms and our e-newsletter for information about upcoming holiday activities for music students and concerts for audiences.


Instrument Hire

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra maintains a full inventory of orchestral instruments available for hire.


School Visits

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra visits Shoalhaven schools to showcase both instruments and instrumentalists to the wider Shoalhaven Community.



The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra hosts a series of combined orchestral workshops throughout the year. This allows students the chance to perform in a full sized orchestra and work with professional tutors.