2020 camp update:

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis SYO has cancelled the 2020 music camp and concert. Students will have the opportunity to present Pictures At An Exhibition at a later date.

SYO Orchestra Camp 2020 – 03-05/04/2020 – Pictures at an Exhibition

Each year the SYO hosts an open Orchestra camp for young musicians in the Shoalhaven to come together to rehearse over the weekend and develop their skills, make new friends and have a heap of fun culminating in a big performance at the end of the weekend.

The camp involves intensive rehearsals of orchestral music with our Maestro John Dunstan and expert tutors in orchestral instruments and performance.

The overnight camp allows students to meet new friends with similar interests and be involved in orchestral playing they may not usually be exposed to.

This year students will be learning and performing repertoire from Ravel’s orchestral arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Registrations for camp are available through this page or, for more information, please contact us. Places are limited. NSW Creative Kids Voucher payment options are available.

Contact Details

Ryley Gillen

Orchestra Manager

Email: [email protected]

“When I play the cello it helps me express my feelings. Learning the cello was not easy at first, but I soon came to enjoy it and think of no other instrument! SJS and my teachers guided me to play with others to make music.”

Albert Marr, Junior Strings, Cello

Other Programs



The Orchestra is the premier youth orchestral music group in the Shoalhaven. It allows students to develop finer skills associated with orchestral playing.

Shoalhaven Junior Strings

Junior Strings

The Shoalhaven Junior Strings is a training ensemble for junior orchestral string players, preparing them for rehearsal and performance with the senior orchestra.

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.


School Visits

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


Instrument Hire

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