2020 NSYO Handbook


The orchestral groups, which comprise the NSYO, are supported by a group of parents and friends called the NSYO Association which aims to:

  • Promote opportunities for young musicians in the north/north western region of Sydney to develop excellence in all aspects of instrumental performance.
  • Promote the appreciation of music in the community by public and charitable performance.
  • Foster the development of young musicians by providing opportunities for them to interact with other musicians.


It is the philosophy of the Association to promote and support the four orchestral groups, striving to maintain the musical standards in each, while allowing for the natural progression of players from one group to the next.


NSYO is a community-based association run by volunteers. Parents are urged to volunteer their time and skills so that the association can keep the fees low and can continue to offer opportunities to young players. There are many tasks that do not require any knowledge of music. We depend upon each parent to make an active commitment. Please consider becoming a “hands on” member of the Association for the benefit of your children.

The Orchestra

The NSYO consists of various orchestral groups:

  • The String Orchestra and String Sinfonia: The String Orchestra brings young string players together to learn the skills of ensemble playing. The Sinfonia is an extension group, which enables the more advanced players to tackle more difficult repertoire. Members of the Sinfonia will be members of both ensembles.
  • Wind Ensemble: This group offers concert and stage band repertoire for wind, brass and percussion players. The more advanced players can also be members of the Symphony Orchestra.
  • Symphony Orchestra:  String, wind, brass and percussion players come together in this orchestra. Players require previous ensemble experience and a high level of technical ability.

Movement and Placement Within the Orchestras

In order for musical and educational outcomes to be achieved, there has to be a systematic progression of players from one ensemble to another.

  • Players wishing to join NSYO or participate in any NSYO rehearsal or other activity will only be able to do so after completing an application form, registering with the NSYO and paying the membership fees.
  • It is a legal obligation to register and pay fees before commencing any participation in the NSYO

  • All players will be auditioned on application and thence annually.
  • Auditions will be held at an appointed time annually.
  • Age, AMEB level, ensemble experience, and conductors’ assessment at audition will determine placement of the player within an orchestra and progression between orchestras. The player’s wellbeing and wishes will be taken into consideration.
  • Placement of players within the ensembles is at the discretion of the Conductors and the Committee. Such placement will take into consideration the needs of the orchestras and the ensemble skills of each player.
  • A prospective player wishing to join the NSYO during the year will be required to audition for the conductor of the relevant ensemble. Application forms may be filled in online at www.nsyo.org.au .