Youth Orchestra

The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra

The Youth Orchestra is the premier senior orchestra of SYO’s organisation and is conducted by our Musical Director John Dunstan.

The orchestra regularly performs throughout the Shoalhaven, undertakes workshops with premier musicians and ensembles from throughout Australia, and attends an annual music camp performing baroque, classical, romantic, film and contemporary orchestral music.

The orchestra is made up of:
Orchestral strings Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp.
Winds Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
Brass Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

If you play any of these instruments, want to join an orchestra and have a whole heap of fun we would love to have you audition to join us.

The orchestra rehearses on Tuesdays weekly during school terms throughout the year from 5pm – 6:45pm at the Nowra School of Arts on Berry St, Nowra.

Contact Details

Ryley Gillen

Orchestra Manager

Email: [email protected]


Yearly rate

Payment to be made before rehearsals commence 02/02/2021

$300 for first child

$285 for subsequent children

$50 admin fee

NSW Creative Kids Voucher payment options available

Term rate

For players starting at the beginning or part way through a term

$84 for first child

$80 for subsequent children

“Membership of the SYO has been excellent for my development as a musician. I have gained experience in playing in an ensemble, which is not easy to get as a pianist. I’ve also had a lot of fun rehearsing, performing and also learning from experienced musicians including our conductor and the Haydn Ensemble.”

Luke Bowen, SYO, Principal Viola

Our Programs

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.

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. Rehearsals are help on Tuesday afternoons at the Nowra School of Arts.


Instrument Hire

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

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.



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.



The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra hosts an annual camp in which youth orchestral musicians of the Shoalhaven come together for an overnight camp to workshop challenging repertoire and work with professional tutors.