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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.

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

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

Where can I see the Canberra Youth Orchestra playing next?

Canberra Youth Orchestra’s 2019 Concert Series features a joint performance with the James McCusker Orchestra; a performance as part of the Canberra International Music Festival; and three concerts at Llewellyn Hall. The remaining concerts for 2019 are as follows:

  • Carmina Burana featuring the Canberra Choral Society  Saturday 29 June 2019, 7.30pm
  • CYO & Concerto Competition Winner  Saturday 21 September 2019, 7.30pm
  • CYO & Christian Li, Violin Saturday 7 December 2019, 7.30pm

For more information visit our Events page.

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. Auditions for 2020 will be held in August/September of 2019.

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Leonard has been the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s conductor since mid-2015 and has since been recognised as the 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, and an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year.

Earlier this year, Leonard received a Youth InterACT scholarship and was honoured to participate in the 2018 Australian Conducting Academy, conducting the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and studying with maestro Johannes Fritzsch.

In addition to conducting CYO, Leonard is the Musical Director/Conductor of the National Capital Orchestra, the Canberra Sinfonia and the ANU Choral Society.






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Term fee: $210 (15% Tertiary Student discount available with student ID card)
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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.

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

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

Where can I see the Canberra Youth Orchestra playing next?

Canberra Youth Orchestra’s 2019 Concert Series features a joint performance with the James McCusker Orchestra; a performance as part of the Canberra International Music Festival; and three concerts at Llewellyn Hall. The remaining concerts for 2019 are as follows:

  • Carmina Burana featuring the Canberra Choral Society  Saturday 29 June 2019, 7.30pm
  • CYO & Concerto Competition Winner  Saturday 21 September 2019, 7.30pm
  • CYO & Christian Li, Violin Saturday 7 December 2019, 7.30pm

For more information visit our Events page.

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. Auditions for 2020 will be held in August/September of 2019.

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Conductor: Leonard Weiss

Leonard has been the Canberra Youth Orchestra’s conductor since mid-2015 and has since been recognised as the 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, and an ACT Finalist for 2016 Young Australian of the Year.

Earlier this year, Leonard received a Youth InterACT scholarship and was honoured to participate in the 2018 Australian Conducting Academy, conducting the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and studying with maestro Johannes Fritzsch.

In addition to conducting CYO, Leonard is the Musical Director/Conductor of the National Capital Orchestra, the Canberra Sinfonia and the ANU Choral Society.






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