Founding Conductor and Artistic & Executive Director Dr Brian Chatpo Koo is a Sydney based musician. Having studied music at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Sydney, Brian was the first person in Australia to receive a PhD degree in music composition. Supported by the Hong Kong University Grant, Brian also studied music at the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, and obtained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in London.

With the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, Brian is dedicated to creating a platform where more new orchestral works can be written, performed, heard, recorded, published and become a part of our music culture.

Brian also founded the The SCO Youth Symphony in order to provide professional orchestral training to young musicians.  He believes that training and performance in classical symphonies will enrich the soul and vision of today's young people.

Brian established a scholarship - Dr Koo Music Scholarship to help talented young musicians to pursue their high level music studies.

Dr Koo Music Scholarship exemption of tuition fees for talented young musicians who are enthusiastic for music, and have the potential to make significant contributions to music culture in future.
It involves 40 - 50 one hour lessons a year for any of the following subjects: violin, viola, cello, double bass, music composition, orchestral conducting, or a combination of subjects.
Young musicians will receive an invitation for this scholarship if they meet the following criteria:
  • A member of the SYS Concert Orchestra;
  • At the level of AMusA or above;
  • Shown extreme enthusiasm for music;
  • Shown potential to make significant contributions to music culture in future.

Participate all events (rehearsals, concerts, etc..) of the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO),Western Sydney Symphony Orchestra (WSSO)  and the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra YOUTH SYMPHONY (SYS).

Please contact Dr Koo for more information: 0449 776 872 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr Koo Music Scholarship Winners

Dr Koo is AMEB 2017 top 5 Outstanding Private Teacher for Strings.

Sydney Contemporary Orchestra

Youth Symphony

The 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.

To achieve ones full potential as musicians what better and greater opportunity there is for a youngster than being part of the SYS Orchestras. With professionally training and be influenced by the classical symphonies you will be equipped to broaden their vision globally and to enhance their understanding of human civilisations.

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.

The SYS consists of two training, performing orchestras:

Each of the orchestras has 40 scheduled sessions (rehearsals and concerts) during the school term, 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 7:30pm - 9:30pm
  • The SYS Junior Orchestra: Friday 6:00pm - 7:30pm 

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








The SCO Youth Symphony Junior Orchestra

Members of The SYS Junior Orchestra are those of young music lovers, students of primary and high schools. We welcome all young music lovers under the age of 15 who have been learning orchestral instruments for over 2 years. Join and enjoy the benefits!

SYSJO provides the orchestral experience for members to develop better sight reading skills, learn new techniques not found in solo work, learn to follow a conductor, strengthen counting and rhythmic skills, and learn orchestral etiquette.  Especially for those who play wind instruments, brass instruments, and percussion, they will learn new techniques that aren’t as widely used in a band setting as with an orchestra, requiring them to be more sensitive with their technical abilities. Members of SYSJO will be able to take further opportunities to develop their skills, being able to join higher level youth orchestras or school ensembles. They will also be the ones who achieve special chair positions or music scholarships. This orchestra has 40 scheduled one and half hour rehearsals during the school term, and offers many performance opportunities.   


Rehearsal time: Friday, 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Rehearsal venue: Baulkham High School, TLC Theatre

For more information please contact

Angel Lam, Director | The SCO Youth Symphony: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dianne Batcheldor,  Orchestras Manager: 0427347989 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Registration Form


Young Virtuosos  2019

This is our 3rd concert of the Young Virtuosos series. 
Orchestra members will have the opportunity to choose their favourite pieces, and those pieces will be arranged for solo instrument and for orchestra by Dr Koo. In the concert, selected members will play their piece as a soloist accompanied by the orchestra.
This concert provides an unprecedented opportunity for young musicians to have their first attempt as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra in front of a live audience.  They will learn the procedure and etiquette involved in such a performance, and will bring to a young musician an unforgettable and empowering experience. This valuable and unique experience will elevate their performance qualities and their love and passion for music.

Audition fee: $60

Fee: $500 for 4 school terms in 2018. Commencing from Friday 10 February 2018.




All revenues (membership fees, concert ticket sales etc.) will go towards The SCO Foundation to be used to promote new music of the contemporary composers.
Membership annual fee of  $600 (for 4 school terms) is asked of each member for the SYS Concert Orchestra (SYSCO), and $500 for the SYS Junior Orchestra (SYSJO).

The fee is calculated in 4 school terms blocks for all members (e.g. if you join from term 2 of the year, your membership will be extended to next year term 1). 

Direct deposit:

Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032173
Account Number:  501117
A/C Name: The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc.

Please indicate your name and description.

  1. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. Payments must be completed before the first rehearsal.  

You are welcome to join us at any time.

For young musicians joining the SYS Orchestras will need fill up your online Membership Registration From to book your audition, and pay $60 audition fee. Or contact our managers arrange a time to observe our rehearsals.

Fee can be paid by Direct deposit: 

  • Bank: Westpac
  • BSB: 032173
  • Account Number: 501117
  • A/C Name: The Sydney Contemporary Orchestra Inc. 
  • - Youth Symphony Memberships

Please indicate your name and description.

You may be exempt from audition if you provide video recordings or if you are introduced by your teacher, or in special cases.

Audition Schedule

  • Your audition will be scheduled after payment completed.
  • The details of your audition date, time and venue will be advised via email.

Audition materials

  1. Your own choice of two contrasting pieces (or excerpts)
  2. Any major scale and arpeggio
  3. Any minor scale and arpeggio
  4. Sight-reading

Audition Result

  • You will be notified your audition result via email.
  • Successful members will have a website login account to access the Members Zone to download music parts. 



The SYS Concert Orchestra
All orchestra members require a formal uniform for concert performances.

The SYS Concert Orchestra members:


Black formal dress
Black polished shoes


White long sleeve collared shirt buttoned to the neck with black bowtie
Black formal suit
Black socks
Black polished shoes
The SYS Junior Orchestra
The SYS Junior Orchestra members:


Dress (colorful, fresh, smart)
Matching socks and shoes


White long sleeve collared shirt buttoned to the neck with black bowtie
Black formal suit
Black socks
Black polished shoes


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