Through the playing of orchestral classical music, we nurture future generations of musicians and build a vibrant music community for Singapore.
A leading orchestra dedicated to the training of young orchestral musicians, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) occupies a special place in Singapore’s music community. SNYO alumni have gone on to become full-time musicians in Singapore and with orchestras around world. Many are also educating the next generation of musicians and playing significant roles in the growth of Singapore’s vibrant cultural scene.
The Orchestra’s roots can be traced to the early 20th century before moving within the purview of Ministry of Education in 1980. In 2015, SNYO became part of the Singapore Symphony Group, which manages the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
The SNYO currently comprises over 180 talented young musicians aged 10 to 21, representing more than 60 schools across Singapore. Consisting of two orchestras – the main orchestra and a junior training orchestra, the SNYO boasts a distinctive music talent development programme where members receive tutoring from professionals, including those from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Recognised by the Ministry of Education as a National Project of Excellence, and entry into the SNYO is by a rigorous audition process.
Over the years, the SNYO has performed in concert venues and music festivals across Australia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. The 2018/2019 season included performances featuring trumpeter Pacho Flores at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and a side-by-side concert with the SSO featuring violinist Ray Chen at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore.