For the first Music for Canberra concert of 2023, the Canberra Youth Orchestra, conducted by Louis Sharpe, will perform a delightful program of music in morning light. Rachmaninov’s Youth Symphony, Holst’s A Somerset Rhapsody, Hyde’s Fantasy on Waltzing Matilda, and France’s Heritage Overture will invoke dreams of beautiful pastures, sentimental reminiscence, and a sense of rejuvenation.  A special solo by a Canberra Youth Orchestra member will complement the program.

Date: Saturday March 18, 2023

Time: 10:30am

Venue: Wesley Uniting Church, 20 National Circuit Forrest ACT 2603



$15 adult

$10 student/child



Rachmaninov – Youth Symphony

Holst – A Somerset Rhapsody

Hyde – Fantasy on Waltzing Matilda

France – Heritage Overture

+ a special solo by a CYO member


Tickets here

 James McCusker Orchestra Applications Open Now


Applications are open to audition for the James McCusker Orchestra in Term 2 2022. Wind and brass players are strongly encouraged to apply.

This round of auditions is via video submission. Applicants are to perform a piece of their own choice, of no more than 5 minutes in length. Please email your unlisted YouTube video link to by the 5th of April 2023, after submitting your application form:

Application form

Music Play Class

Each Wednesday 11:30am Music for Canberra, Music Play Educator, Emma Zen facilitates a Music Play Class built around a book at Queanbeyan Library. This week they celebrated Sing Me the Summer, Jane Godwin & Alison Lester.

Donate to the CYO through the Australian Cultural Fund 

MfC is working with the Australian Cultural Fund to support young players who want to be part of the Canberra Youth Orchestra.

We seek to provide opportunities for young musicians and these scholarships target players of instruments that are sometimes hard to find, but play an important part in being able to present orchestral works.

These scholarships will target young musicians who may otherwise be unable to afford to join in the weekly rehearsals, regular performances and other activities of the CYO.

Donations will be used to subsidise the tuition fees required to be part of the CYO.


Term 1 2023 Enrolments Now Open


Our enrolments for MfC Term 1 2023 classes, lessons, orchestra and ensembles are now open.

Term 1 will start on 30 January 2023 running until 6 April 2023.

Enrolments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a returning member, make sure you enrol so you don’t miss your spot.  

COVID Safety 

Please stay home if unwell and notify the office via or telephone 02 61820030.

Please continue to take all necessary precautions, and follow the ACT Health guidelines:

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. 

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