Junior Strings

Shoalhaven Junior Strings

Shoalhaven Junior Strings is a training ensemble conducted by Eryn Deys 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 this page or contact us for more information.

This ensemble rehearses during school terms weekly on Tuesdays 4pm – 5pm at the Nowra School of Arts on Berry St, Nowra.

Contact Details

Ryley Gillen

Orchestra Manager

Email: [email protected]shoalhavenyouthorchestra.com.au


Standard yearly rate

$170 for first child and $160 for subsequent children

NSW Creative Kids Voucher payment available

Term rate

$50 for first child $45 for subsequent children

“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

Other Programs



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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

Tuning In!

Tuning In! is the music education program of SYO. Trained music educators conduct various classes for children aged between 2 and 12 in Nowra and Berry. The program develops basic musical skills as well as allowing children to try out, and begin to learn, all the instruments of the orchestra.


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.