The Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra was established in 2000 as an orchestra of string and woodwind players from many different parts of the Shoalhaven.

Performance highlights include Saint-Saëns’ “The Carnival of the Animals” with narration by Richard Morecroft (former ABC presenter, who is now a Shoalhaven resident), the performance of “A River Runs Across the Page”, written for the orchestra by Vivienne Olive, the 2004 Composer in Residence at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon, and a concert to an audience of over three thousand people at Coolangatta Estate Winery with contemporary musician, Paul Greene. Recent plans for the orchestra have included the commissioning of two works by Australian composers, the initiation of a Subscription Series of three concerts for the orchestra’s broadening audience base, and further collaborations with local music groups and those from outside the Shoalhaven.

Upcoming concert at Currarong Progress Hall

Our next concert will be held on Saturday 18th October at 2 pm for the Currarong Progress Association, at the Currarong Progress Hall, Walton Way, Currarong. As well as SYO, Michael J Hill, pianist and singer, will perform popular songs from the 1930s to 1960s. Tickets $10 which includes afternoon tea. Contact: Laurie Ball 4448 3106

Tuning In Facebook page

Tuning In has its own Facebook page now! We would love you to “like” us and spread the word so we can help as many young children learn the joy of music-making as a shared experience with a parent or carer, as well as develop cognitive, social, fine and gross motor skills. We are at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuning-In/555568934572822

Tuning In Professional Development Workshop

We recently held a Professional Development Workshop for Early Childhood and K-2 teachers called Tuning In to music in your classroom – without fear! We are very grateful to the Shoalhaven Arts Board, who supported us in this venture through grant funding. Ten professionals attended the day, which was facilitated by Jenny Cork, and the feedback we received was incredibly…

Shoalhaven families are loving Tuning In!

Tuning In, the music education program of Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra, is going strong! In Term 3 we have run 7 classes: three toddler classes, two 4&5s classes, one Kinder-Year 1 class and a series of six classes at the Sanctuary Point Schools as Community Centre. We are receiving fantastic feedback from our families and seeing the children develop their skills…

Freemason Challenge Update

In March, the Nowra Unity Lodge set SYO a challenge: to raise $5000 in donations before October 2014, which the Freemasons would then match dollar for dollar. We are halfway to our target, having raised $2500. Thank you to our kind and generous donors who are making the $5000 target a real possibility. If you’d like to contribute, contact the…

Thank you to our sponsors!

A big thank you to our sponsors, the Berry Community Activities Centre and Manxson Business Machines. BCAC has provided SYO with a $1500 grant to be used to fund tutors for our annual camp, which will be held at Waterslea from 5-7 December. We very much appreciate the generosity of the BCAC and their grant will help make our camp…

Preschool Music Program Pilot

SYO ran a successful pilot program of a preschool music program in Term 4 2013. Re-named Tuning In! this program will be offered on an expanded basis from 2014. Music Education Consultant, Jenny Cork, and the Tuning In! team will offer music classes for children from 2-7. Additionally, the Tuning In Choir will cater for children from Years 2-5 who…

A wonderful end of year concert!

Our final concert of 2014 was an amazing event. Musical Director, David Rooney, went above and beyond the call of duty to create a community music event which involved not just the SYO and SJS, but musicians from the South Coast Orchestra, Shoalhaven City Concert Band, Nowra Brass Band, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music (WCM) Concert Orchestra and WCM Con Artists.…