Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra

Auditions for 2017 now available!

The audition process for membership in 2017 ensembles is now available. Firstly book a suitable timeslot on the weekend of Oct 15th and 16th at http://scyo.fullslate.com/ . Then plan your preparation of your audition pieces. For full details go to the auditions page.

2016 Formal photos are available for order

Draft 2016 photos suitable to enable ordering are now available. Click on the link to view watermarked draft copies. Place your order and payment at rehearsal with your manager on Wednesday 12th October.

2016 Gala Concert tickets now available!

The premier SCYO concert for the year showcases all seven ensembles and will be held on Sunday 23rd October. It is a great afternoon of novice to experienced young musicians presenting a wide range of repertoire at a great venue - Matthew Flinders Anglican College Performance Centre. Note that as this concert is generally a sell-out, booking is essential. To book, go to http://www.trybooking.com/MYMC .

Arrangements can be made for wheelchair and mobility access by phoning 54772951.

Please be aware that as it is reserved seating, arrive in plenty of time to enable seating to be completed prior to the start time of 1:30pm.

Upcoming Events

Day Date Time Ensemble Performance Venue
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 4:00 - 5:30 parts of Youth Symphony - Strings (not sinfonia strings), flutes, oboes and clarinets (not bass clarinet) only Extra rehearsal Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Mon 17th Oct, 2016 5:30 - 7:00 Stage Band Extra rehearsal Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drv, Mountain Creek
Mon 17th Oct, 2016 5:30 - 6:30 Chamber Strings 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
Fri-Sun 3rd-5th Mar, 2017 5:00pm Fri - 12 noon Sun All SCYO ensembles Annual Camp Qld Conference and Camping Centre, 70 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
Sun 5th Mar, 2017 11:00am TBC All SCYO ensembles Camp Concert Qld Conference and Camping Centre, 70 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton

2017 CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED: MARCH 3rd - 5th Mapleton

Note this is a little later in the year than the timing of recent Camps. Music camp is a fantastic annual opportunity for intense music development and making new friends with similar interests. Musicians work in small tutorial groups and their full orchestra groups.

Jazz-themed concert

Many thanks to all our musicians for a fabulous concert on Saturday August 24th. It was great to hear all the ensembles performing music from the Jazz era in particular the String Players who are not known for performing this genre. Costumes were extraordinary and many thanks go to all the parents who assisted with this at home. Congratulations to all our winners on the day. As usual many thanks go to the SCYO committee for their amazing organisational skills behind the scenes. Check out our facebook page for some pics and Smooth music... 

Thanks to Sponsors 2016

The SCYO would like to very much thank the following Sunshine Coast businesses for their support this year:
Audi Centre Sunshine Coast

Donations for raffles
Chateau Royale, Cotton Tree
Boat Shed
Clio's in Rosemount
Secrets on the Lake
Bohemian Rose Boutique, Mountain Creek
Event Cinema's Maroochydore
Rosemount Flowers
Eco Organic Hair and Beauty
The Chocolate Petal
Aussie World
Underwater World (Sea Life) Mooloolaba

Donations for afternoon teas
Banjo's Bakery Cafe, Beerwah
Coles, Kawana Waters
Woolworths, Kawana Waters
Brumbies, Mountain Creek

Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod 2016

The SCYO would like to congratulate the Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod committee, particularly Jenny Thomas (brass & woodwind, and large ensemble, Convenor), and Chrissy Davis (string Convenor) for another fantastic Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod.

SCYO had a great time participating, listening to the high quality performances and catching up with friends. We also enjoyed some great results, including first prizes for Orchestra, Chamber Strings and Amati/Sinfonia (Primary aged large ensemble), and second prize for Wind Symphony, plus many many individual awards in championships, solos, duets, trios and quartets. More details and photos are available on SCYO facebook.

Director of Music, Maria Salmon, stated: "I can't say how much I enjoy coming along to these events and not only supporting SCYO but supporting each and everyone of you in your school groups. WELL DONE!"

(Note that anyone wanting to join SCYO for 2017 can audition in October. Please find SCYO information here.)

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!!" 

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.

It was great to see Calvin successfully direct multiple Mountain Creek State High School and Sunshine Beach State High School ensembles at the recent 2016 Sunshine Coast Junior Eisteddfod!

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.