Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra

Upcoming Events

Day Date Time Ensemble Performance Venue
Late July to early Aug, 2016 TBA Amati/Youth Symphony/Wind Symphony/various small ensembles SC Junior Eisteddfod
Sat 27th August, 2016 2 pm rehearsal
5 pm Concert
Youth Symphony/Wind Symphony/Stage Band/Sinfonia/Chamber Strings Themed Concert Lifepoint Baptist Church, 186 Wises Rd, Buderim
Wed 7th Sept, 2016 4:45- 6:30 Amati Strings Presents Concert Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Wed 14th Sept, 2016 4:45 - 6:30 Concert Band Presents Concert Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Sun 9th Oct, 2016 9 - 11 Amati and Sinfonia Strings Open Rehearsal Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Sat 15th Oct, 2016 All Day All ensembles Auditions for 2017 Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Sun 16th Oct, 2016 All Day All ensembles Auditions for 2017 Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Mon 17th Oct, 2016 4 - 7 Youth Symphony Extra rehearsal Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Sun 23rd Oct, 2016 8:30 - Rehearsals
1:30 - Concert
All ensembles SCYO Gala Concert Matthew Flinders Anglican College, 1-47 Stringybark Rd, Buderim
Sun 4th Dec, 2016 10:00am - 1:30pm Chamber Strings/Sinfonia/Amati Christmas Strings workshop Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina
Sun 4th Dec, 2016 1:30pm -
3 pm
Workshop participants and combined Youth and Wind Symphony Concert Lake Kawana Community Centre, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina

Retirement Community Concert 25th June 2016

The SCYO would like to thank those attendees to our first Retirement Community Concert at Lake Kawana Community Centre. Whilst the very windy and cool day seemed to keep numbers a little down, the Chamber Strings, Stage Band and Youth Orchestra presented an excellent program. Musical Director Maria Salmon advised that "after hearing such wonderful reviews from the audience, next year we will improve in numbers". In addition there was a wonderful variety of afternoon tea and hot tea or coffee included in the interval, plus an opportunity to try your luck with a number of raffles.

Master of Ceremonies, Adrian King, wrote "Thank you very much for inviting me to be M.C. at the concert yesterday.
I enjoyed the afternoon music immensely. You have some brilliant players there!!" 

The SCYO thanks those wonderful Sunshine Coast businesses who supported the day with significant donations towards afternoon tea:
Banjo's Bakery Cafe, Beerwah
Coles, Kawana Waters
Woolworths, Kawana Waters
Brumbies, Mountain Creek

2016 Audi Centre Sunshine Coast Bursary

Audi Centre Sunshine Coast has recently proudly announced sponsorship of the 2016 SCYO Audi Centre Sunshine Coast Bursary. The bursary is aimed at assisting a young musician, who has demonstrated commitment to the SCYO principles, with expenses for SCYO membership, instrument costs and servicing, for a 12 month period.

Richard Moye, Dealer Principal at the Audi Centre Sunshine Coast, was delighted to announce at the Strings concert on 7th May that the inaugural recipient of this award was a most worthy person - Dekota Berkery. Dekota is a talented musician, who leads a section in the Orchestra and is always enjoying and developing her music. She performs a leadership role within her section, and Dekota (and her family) have gone above and beyond with fund raising to support the SCYO.


Dekota accepting the award from Richard Moye and Maria Salmon


Dekota and Richard

2016 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards - Creative Winner!

The SCYO is very pleased to announce the recognition of the dedication and stirling efforts of Musical Director Maria Salmon, by the awarding of the Creative category at the 2016 Sunshine Coast Australia Day awards ceremony held at Lake Kawana Community Centre. Maria has developed the SCYO creating unprecedented growth, which has required a huge effort, and we are all pleased that her extraordinary commitment to opportunities for young musicians has been so recognised. The organisation has grown to 7 ensembles, over 200 musicians, many workshops and performances, national and international tours, as well as the regular 35 rehearsals - developed and organised under her stewardship.

Maria was proud to accept the award on behalf the conductors, volunteers, and musicians whose hard work over the years has been integral to the success of the organisation.

Maria accepting Australia Day Creative Award

Farewell to Calvin Hunter

After 10 years of continuous service to the SCYO, conducting many groups and mentoring many young musicians along the way, Calvin has announced that due to time pressures and changing roles with Ed Qld, he can't continue to conduct for the SCYO this year. The SCYO thanks Calvin for the time, effort and dedication over such a long period of time, and we will miss him. 

It is due to people like Calvin, with the skills, talent and ability to motivate and inspire young musicians, and the willingness to do it for such a long period of time, that the SCYO is enabling a growing number of musicians to participate. Calvin was presented with a gift of appreciation at the recent Band Concert, so appropriate as he has been such an influence with this group over the years.

Japan Tour - Easter holidays 2016

58 members of the SCYO recently returned from a fantastic 10 day tour of Japan. The musicians were blown away by the welcome provided at all the venues and the shared performances. See the Tour page for more details.

About SCYO

The SCYO is the Sunshine Coast community’s premier orchestra for youth, drawing talented musicians from across the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland into one or more of seven ensembles, covering novice to advanced, string ensembles to wind symphony, stage band and orchestra. Formed in 1989, the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra (SCYO) is a non-profit organisation that provides orchestral music opportunities for young musicians up to 23 years of age.

Warrior Legacy, performed by the Youth Symphony of the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra at Sydney Opera House, conducted by Chelsea Thomas, Sunday 7th August, 2014.

SCYO actively supports school music programs by extending musicians skills and encouraging all members to play in school music groups. Each year SCYO organises regular performances at a wide variety of venues, workshop activities with other orchestras, and an annual weekend music camp.


SCYO rehearses weekly on Wednesday nights during State school terms at Mountain Creek State High School, where we currently have a long-term lease agreement. SCYO is managed by a volunteer parent group.