Welcome to our concert - Charismatic Sounds of Young Musicians!
This very special concert is proud to be a part of the Hills Orange Blossom Festival, and we are honoured the presence of the Mayor of the Hills Shire Council, Dr Michelle Byrne.
The concert will consist of two parts. In the first part, the SYS Junior Orchestra will perform some interesting pieces specially arranged by Kayla Flaxman and myself from our new program 'Putting the Fun in Music Training'. In the second part, you will hear from our Concert Orchestra classicals such as the concerto and the symphony.
At the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra YOUTH SYMPHONY, we wish to give today's young musicians the opportunity to develop their appreciation and understanding of music through the classical symphonies, with its melody development, the tonalities and the tempi relationships between movements, and the various timbres of the different instruments in an orchestra. Thus can be a magical window for them to view another world - a wonderful, colourful world! This will broaden their vision globally, and to enhance their learning and understanding culture and civilisation of human society, which can benefit them over a lifetime.
Sincere thanks to those parents who give their kids the opportunity to be a part of our orchestras.
Dr Brian Chatpo Koo
Artistic Director
Sydney Contemporary Orchestra

Young Composers Masterclass

Young Composers Masterclass is designed for young composers who are interested in composing orchestral music and who wish to compose or polish their original orchestral pieces. The successful applicants will compose or polish their works under the guidance of Dr Koo, and their original compositions will be performed by the SYS Orchestra during the SYS concert program.

The Masterclass is also an opportunity for NSW high school students who are pursuing HSC composition as their submission in Music Extension.
Further advanced studies of traditional harmony, counterpoint, instrumentation, orchestration and form structures are available for tertiary level participants.

The Masterclass includes:
Attending 10 weekly one hour classes with Dr Koo one-to-one;
Participating in a number of orchestra rehearsals.
Performance of the composition during the SYS concert program at the TLC Theatre Baulkham Hills High School.

Eligibility criteria: Applicants must be under 30 years of age.

Application: Please submit ONLINE APPLICATION FORM together with one original composition.

Fee: $1200 AUD
This fee will go towards the SCO Foundation to be used for the promotion of new music.

This is an ongoing initiative and there is no application deadline. Individual classes will be commencing from the first week of each school term and the performances will take place during the following term.

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.

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.

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.



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.

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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