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Canberra Youth Orchestra

The ACT's premier youth symphony orchestra

Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:00 - 12:00pm at ANU School of Music

The Canberra Youth Orchestra is the premier youth symphony orchestra in the ACT and wider region, bringing together the region’s finest young musicians. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, the CYO performs major orchestral works as part of their annual Llewellyn Hall Concert Series four times each year, and have consistently received glowing reviews in the media.

The Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrate 50 years with an incredible program in 2017!

The Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrate 50 years with an incredible program in 2017!

Where can I see the Canberra Youth Orchestra playing next?

2017 sees the Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrating its 50th Year and the CYO50 concert series features an illustrious line-up of musicians including The Idea of North, Gabi Sultana and James Morrison AM. Held at Llewellyn Hall in April, June, August and November, read more about the CYO50 Concert Series.

CYO will also featured in the Canberra International Music Festival line up, performing in Game on! in May 2017.

About the Canberra Youth Orchestra:

Conducted by Leonard Weiss, the CYO performs a diverse range of repertoire and features world-renowned soloists and prides itself on regularly performing Australian and world premieres, partnering with contemporary composers. As well as the Llewellyn Hall concert series, other regular performances include the Canberra International Music Festival, interstate and international tours.

Performance standard: AMEB 8 or equivalent, or AMEB 7+ for woodwind and brass. Participants are expected to be taking additional individual instrumental tuition; this can be arranged with a Music For Canberra tutor if participants don’t already have a private teacher.

Keep up to date with upcoming concerts by regularly checking our Events page, Facebook or Instagram. 

Audition for Canberra Youth Orchestra:

Entry to the Canberra Youth Orchestra is by audition. For more information on auditions please email the MFC office.

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, the ANU Choral Society, and the Canberra Qwire, among other ensembles. In 2016 Leonard was the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year and received a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Music. He has recently been invited to participate in the 2018 Australian Conducting Academy, which will see him study under Johannes Fritzsch and conduct the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Leonard is looking forward to many exciting opportunities in 2018; as well as working with more of Australia’s top soloists, his schedule will include conducting in the famed Munich Philharmonie and as part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Leonard can often be seen performing on harp or French horn; both of which he has performed in concerts with the Canberra Youth Orchestra as well as at numerous major functions as a harpist.






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Canberra Youth Orchestra

The ACT's premier youth symphony orchestra

Rehearsals: Saturdays 9:00 - 12:00pm at ANU School of Music

The Canberra Youth Orchestra is the premier youth symphony orchestra in the ACT and wider region, bringing together the region’s finest young musicians. Celebrating 50 years in 2017, the CYO performs major orchestral works as part of their annual Llewellyn Hall Concert Series four times each year, and have consistently received glowing reviews in the media.

The Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrate 50 years with an incredible program in 2017!

The Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrate 50 years with an incredible program in 2017!

Where can I see the Canberra Youth Orchestra playing next?

2017 sees the Canberra Youth Orchestra celebrating its 50th Year and the CYO50 concert series features an illustrious line-up of musicians including The Idea of North, Gabi Sultana and James Morrison AM. Held at Llewellyn Hall in April, June, August and November, read more about the CYO50 Concert Series.

CYO will also featured in the Canberra International Music Festival line up, performing in Game on! in May 2017.

About the Canberra Youth Orchestra:

Conducted by Leonard Weiss, the CYO performs a diverse range of repertoire and features world-renowned soloists and prides itself on regularly performing Australian and world premieres, partnering with contemporary composers. As well as the Llewellyn Hall concert series, other regular performances include the Canberra International Music Festival, interstate and international tours.

Performance standard: AMEB 8 or equivalent, or AMEB 7+ for woodwind and brass. Participants are expected to be taking additional individual instrumental tuition; this can be arranged with a Music For Canberra tutor if participants don’t already have a private teacher.

Keep up to date with upcoming concerts by regularly checking our Events page, Facebook or Instagram. 

Audition for Canberra Youth Orchestra:

Entry to the Canberra Youth Orchestra is by audition. For more information on auditions please email the MFC office.

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Leonard Weiss is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, the ANU Choral Society, and the Canberra Qwire, among other ensembles. In 2016 Leonard was the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year and received a Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Music. He has recently been invited to participate in the 2018 Australian Conducting Academy, which will see him study under Johannes Fritzsch and conduct the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Leonard is looking forward to many exciting opportunities in 2018; as well as working with more of Australia’s top soloists, his schedule will include conducting in the famed Munich Philharmonie and as part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

Leonard can often be seen performing on harp or French horn; both of which he has performed in concerts with the Canberra Youth Orchestra as well as at numerous major functions as a harpist.


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