Sydney Contemporary Orchestra


Established in 2011, a training arm of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. (SCO), the SCO Youth Symphony (SYS) is our Youth Program for young music lovers, music students, young musicians, and young music teachers in Sydney, Australia.

Led by its Founding Conductor, Artistic & Executive Director, Dr. Brian Chatpo Koo, the SYS offers young music lovers the opportunity to play and enjoy classical orchestral music of all kinds, not only performing but also learning to understand how those masterpieces were constructed, and expanding their orchestral music education training and orchestral music performance experience. The orchestra also broadens their potential music career by building up their orchestral music repertoires, as well as imparting to them the value of communication, teamwork, and discipline.

After training, they can join our Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra playing alongside professional musicians to get more professional experience. Furthermore, they can join the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra to earn income as professional musicians.

Since 2011 we have hosted 35 concerts and trained more than 200 young musicians. Some of them now pursuing their tertiary music studies and some of them are working as professional musicians.

The SYS consists of two training, performing orchestras:

Each of the orchestras has 40 scheduled sessions (rehearsals and two or three concerts) during the school terms, with carefully selected programs covering a variety of cultural perspectives and artistic values.

Young music lovers who play orchestral instruments are welcome to join us.

Come and experience:

  • something exciting,
  • something energetic,
  • something passionate,
  • something professional,
  • something enjoyable!

Rehearsal venue: Tiered Learning Centre Theatre, Baulkham Hills High School

419A Windsor Road, Baulkham Hills NSW 2153, Australia

Rehearsal time: 

  • The SYS Concert Orchestra: Friday 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • The SYS Junior Orchestra: Friday 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

We are a registered provider for the NSW Creative Kids program. All members under the age of 18 are eligible to redeem $100 for their annual membership fee from the NSW Government.