The orchestra

Based in Melbourne, the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra is the state’s longest-running youth orchestra.

It was founded in 1942 as the Victorian Junior Symphony Orchestra, supported by the Victorian Schools Music Association. Over the next half century, it was a melting pot for young musical talent. Many of its school-aged musicians progressed to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and other professional groups.

In 1988, the name of the orchestra was changed to the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, accompanied by an evolution in its structure and purpose. The VYSO became a fully independent community ensemble, run by its players and directed towards providing musical opportunities for school leavers.

Today, the orchestra mainly consists of amateur and semi-professional musicians under 35 years of age. Each year, the members of the orchestra elect a committee, which is responsible for all management decisions, including the appointment of the artistic director.

The VYSO performs four concerts each year. We present varied works from across the orchestral repertoire. We rehearse on Saturday mornings in North Carlton between 9:30am and 12:30pm.

The 2017 Committee

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