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.
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, Claire Edwardes, 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 feature 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.
I study at ANU – can I join Canberra Youth Orchestra for course credit?
ANU students enrolled in any degree program have the opportunity to audition for the prestigious Canberra Youth Orchestra, and if successfully accepted, use their participation in this ensemble to fulfil components of their overall course commitments. ANU entry requirements and specific course codes differ depending on what degree you are enrolled in (eg if you are enrolled in an ANU School of Music degree, you will enrol in MUSI2220 Music Ensemble or MUSI2221 Music Ensemble Extension). Please speak to your specific ANU course enrolment officer for the exact code you need to enrol in to use your participation in the CYO towards your course credit.
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
Leonard Weiss is the Musical Director/Conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra, the National Capital Orchestra, the ANU Choral Society, and the Canberra Qwire, amongst 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.
Leonard’s upcoming conducting engagements include several large-scale orchestral concerts in 2017. Notable highlights are the CYO50 Llewellyn Hall concerts featuring some of Australia’s top soloists including James Morrison AM, The Idea of North and percussionist Claire Edwardes; the Canberra International Music Festival; and concerts with Julian Smiles, Dimity Hall, Rob Gladstones and Katherine Day with the National Capital Orchestra. 2017 will also see Leonard move further into theatre as Musical Director of Sweeney Todd with Dramatic Productions in October.
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.