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 the 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 also manages the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Recognised by the Ministry of Education as a National Project of Excellence, members in mainstream secondary schools with sustained involvement in the SNYO will have their participation in the orchestra recognised in lieu of a school-based Co-Curricular Activity (CCA). Entry into the SNYO is by a comprehensive audition process.
The Orchestra 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.
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 includes performances at the Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, 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.
At the start of the 2018/19 season, Joshua Tan assumed the position of Principal Conductor for the SNYO and Peter Stark was appointed as its first-ever Principal Guest Conductor.
To inspire a lifelong love for music and a dedication to exceptional orchestral performance
Through the playing of orchestral classical music, we nurture future generations of musicians and build a vibrant music community for Singapore
Find out more about the SNYO at www.snyo.org.sg
Over the years, the SNYO performed at various international music festivals and concerts:
- 2008, July: Florence International Music Festival, Italy
- 2011, August: Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Scotland
- 2012, August: Young Euro Classic, Berlin, Germany
- 2016, December: Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 2018, December: Xinghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou, China
- 2018, December: Asia-Pacific Youth Symphony Orchestra Festival, Hong Kong
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Singapore National Youth Orchestra Auditions
2019 Audition Dates:
9 March, 22 June, 7 September, 14 December
The Singapore National Youth Orchestra invites young musicians (aged 10 to 18) to join us!
Positions are available in all sections: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Talented young pianists who are interested in mastering a second instrument are also welcome to audition.
Audition guidelines and requirements are stated in the application form, and you may also read the audition FAQ for more information.
Applications for the audition are open all year round. The deadline to be considered for an audition is one month before the audition date. Applications received after the deadline will be retained for consideration at the next audition. To apply, please download and complete the audition application form.
If you have any queries, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.