Welcome to the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra

Offers for 2017

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for SCYO for 2017. Offers are available here.

Upcoming Events

Day Date Time Ensemble Performance Venue
Wed 1st Feb, 2017 4:45 - 8:15 pm (see groups for timing of each ensemble) All SCYO ensembles except Chamber Strings and Stage Band 1st rehearsal Mountain Creek State High School, Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek
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 10:30am All SCYO ensembles Camp Concert Qld Conference and Camping Centre, 70 Obi Obi Rd, Mapleton
Sat 3rd Jun, 2017 12 noon - 5:00pm Chamber Strings and Stage Band Rehearsal The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads
Sat 3rd Jun, 2017 3:30pm (TBC) Chamber Strings and Stage Band Matinee The J, 60 Noosa Drv, Noosa Heads

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.

Gala concert

Many thanks to all our musicians for a fabulous concert on Sunday October 23rd. It was great to hear all the ensembles performing music to such a high standard. It was fantastic to see Richard Moye and family (dealer principal Audi Centre Sunshine Coast) there, and also wonderful to receive such great sponsorship for the event from Queensland Timber Flooring - "Proud to sponsor musical performance opportunities for the youth of the Sunshine Coast". It has been another fantastic year, and we thank the musicians and their families for the support.

Thanks to Sponsors 2016

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

Queensland Timber Flooring (QTF)
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.)

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.