The Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) occupies a special place in Singapore’s music community having produced a strong alumni contributing significantly to both seeding the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and other community orchestras in Singapore as well as teaching the next generation of budding musicians thereby boosting Singapore’s music and cultural scene.

As a leading orchestra dedicated to the training and development of young orchestral musicians in Singapore, the SNYO is recognised by the Ministry of Education as a National Project of Excellence.  Entry into the SNYO is by a rigorous audition process. 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).

Since April 2015, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) started a new chapter in its musical journey with the transfer of the management and operations from Ministry of Education to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.  The impetus behind this change is to provide high quality leadership and artistic development for local musical talent to excel at the national level by drawing on the knowledge and expertise of Singapore's premier professional orchestra.

Currently led by Principal Conductor Dr Leonard Tan, the SNYO is made up of over 180 talented young musicians representing more than 60 schools across Singapore. The Orchestra boasts of a unique music talent development programme where selected members receive individual instrumental tutoring from professional musicians such as those from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.



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


SNYO Concert Tours

Over the years the SNYO has participated in several international music festivals. In recent years the participation included:

2008 - Florence International Music Festival, in July
2011 - The 39th Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF), in August
2012 - Young Euro Classic Festival, Berlin, in August

Getting to know the Singapore National Youth Orchestra